Novels Pre-intermediate

Audrey Hepburn by Chris Rice

This is a biography of a legendary actress and style idol in the Hollywood in the 1950-60. This book is about Audrey Hepburn. It’s written in an easy and understandable language. The reader will get an opportunity to go through Audrey’s sad and happy moments from birth till death. She was a kind and a gentle person with a smile on her face, as many her admires remember. But her life wasn’t always happy. Her way to success was thorny. Her parents divorced when she was 6 and she survived the Second World War. Ballet was her dream but her appearance wasn’t suitable for this kind of art as Audrey had overweight. The years of war and hunger solved this problem. She became very thin and fragile. When she became a bright ballet star, a film director noticed her beauty and grace. Audrey was invited for filming. From that moment her life changed forever.

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Audrey Hepburn by Chris Rice

One day, in a big house in Brussels, Belgium, a man took his daughter in his arms. Little Audrey Hepburn looked up and saw some beautiful lights above her. They were as white as snow. She remembered those lights all her life. She always loved the color white. She saw white and remembered her father. Then she felt safe and warm.

Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston was born in Brussels on May 4, 1929. Her mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was Dutch. Her father, Joseph, was half English, half Irish. He worked for many companies and made a lot of money.

Audrey Hepburn by Chris Rice

Young Audrey enjoyed reading and loved animals and birds. But her greatest love was music. “What’s music?” Audrey asked her mother one day. “It’s for dancing,” her mother answered.

Audrey wanted to be a dancer, but she was unhappy. “I’m too fat,” she thought. “Dancers are thin and pretty, but my face is too round and my legs are too big.”

Her parents were unhappy too. They often fought. One night her mother and father had a big fight. When Audrey woke up the next morning, her father was not there. Audrey cried for days.

Her mother took her to England. At school, Audrey was different from the other girls. The other girls were funny and noisy. They enjoyed sports and talked about their fathers. Audrey was quiet and sad. Her English was not good and she hated sports. She did not talk to anybody about her father. But, slowly, Audrey began to make some friends.

Then suddenly, in 1939, her mother took her away from England. She could not say goodbye to her school friends. There was no time. “Why are we leaving?” Audrey asked.

“There’s going to be a war,” her mother told her. “We’re going to Holland. You’ll be safe there.”

Audrey lived with her mother and two half-brothers in the Dutch town of Arnhem. She became more and more interested in dancing. At the age of ten she wanted to be a world-famous ballet dancer. But one morning, Audrey’s mother came into her bedroom. “Wake up,” she told her daughter. “It’s war.”

In the early days of the war Audrey did not leave school or stop dancing. Then, one day, the Germans sent everybody out of the town. Outside, in the country, there was very little food. Audrey and her family had to dig vegetables in the winter from the hard ground. When the war finished, Audrey was very thin and weak. People from the United Nations came to Arnhem and gave the children milk, sugar, and chocolate. Audrey never forgot them…

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