Just Being AudreyThe life of Audrey Hepburn is told comprehensively and illustrated beautifully in Just Being Audrey. Margaret Cardillo reveals the many (and there are many) interesting and important details of Audrey Hepburn’s life including childhood ballet aspirations in Belgium, hiding in a country home in Holland during World War II, a transition to acting in London and France, her Broadway debut, and eventually stardom in Hollywood. But Cardillo connects the reader (especially the child reader) with Audrey in the same way that Audrey connected with her audiences as an actress. The ‘character’ of Audrey in Just Being Audrey is always accessible as a person, not only the superstar icon that adults (or at least I) think of.

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If Cardillo’s story and text aren’t already wonderful enough, this book becomes a rare marvel through Julia Denos’ illustrations. Denos (an OtLS favorite of Dotty fame) portrays Audrey with her recognizable charm and style in a way that would have made Hepburn proud. Denos captures the precise facial features and settings of multiple countries with detailed precision in her trademarked style. Many of the spreads are worthy of being framed on a wall in a museum (or at least my living room).

My only fault with the book is that there is no mention of my favorite Audrey Hepburn film, How to Steal a Million. But I think I can fairly overlook this omission. Not often do you find a non-fiction picture book so perfectly created from subject to story to text to pictures. Just Being Audrey is it.


Borrow. Read. Return. Repeat.