Audrey Hepburn and World War II
by Robert Matzen
Pub Date 15 Apr 2019
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Just in time for what would’ve been Audrey Hepburn’s 90th birthday...
THE NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD STORY OF A REMARKABLE SURVIVOR WHO WENT ON TO BECOME AN ICON FOR THE AGES
The story of one of the most enduring and beloved stars Hollywood has ever produced -- Audrey Hepburn -- has been told again and again since her passing in 1993. An Amazon search of books with her name will produce well over a thousand titles, with every aspect of her life but one covered in print: her years during World War II when she lived in the Netherlands under Nazi rule.
On April 15, 2019 -- just weeks before what would’ve been her 90th birthday -- critically acclaimed and bestselling biographer Robert Matzen reveals the true war story of this cinematic icon. The book, as shocking as it is vital and triumphant, is DUTCH GIRL: AUDREY HEPBURN AND WORLD WAR II [GoodKnight Books].
The culmination of years of painstaking research by Matzen -- who conducted new interviews with people who knew Audrey Hepburn in the Netherlands, unearthed secret diaries, gained access to previously classified archives, and combed through decades of her own infrequent but revealing reminiscences in interviews -- DUTCH GIRL contains substantive proof of holes, errors, and inventions in every previous Audrey Hepburn biography that’s touched on her life during the war years. In fact, the real story is more incredible than anything presented by previous biographers.
From debunking the mythology of Hepburn’s lineage (did the wealthy van Heemstras actually have their money stolen by the Nazis?) to revealing the extent of her involvement with the Dutch Resistance and an active role tending wounded of the famed “Bridge Too Far” battle of Arnhem, DUTCH GIRL is a definitive biography that exposes an extraordinary story of courage, tragedy, perseverance, and triumph -- and contributes immeasurably to the legacy of one of the world’s most famous actresses, fashion icons, and humanitarians.
The third and final book in Matzen’s ‘Hollywood in WWII’ Trilogy -- which includes the award-winning 2013 book FIREBALL: CAROLE LOMBARD AND THE MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 3 and 2016 bestseller MISSION: JIMMY STEWART AND THE FIGHT FOR EUROPE -- DUTCH GIRL is a not-to-be-missed spring 2019 release.
A Note From the Publisher
"When my mother talked about herself and what life taught her, Hollywood was the missing guest. Instead of naming famed Beverly Hills locations, she gave us obscure and sometimes unpronounceable Dutch ones. Red carpet recollections were replaced by Second World War episodes that she was able to transform into children’s tales. We knew we were missing the complete story of her life in the war—until Robert Matzen wrote to me introducing himself and his book, Dutch Girl. I now understand why the words Good and Evil, and Love and Mercy were so fundamental in her own narrative. Why she was open about certain facts and why she kept so many others in a secluded area of her being. Thank you, Robert Matzen.”
-- Luca Dotti, NYT Bestselling Author & youngest son of Audrey Hepburn
** Heavy saturation in long-lead national market magazines, newspapers, and online outlets
** Strong social media promotion on all platforms targeting Hollywood and military history influencers for spotlights and giveaways, including book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nYgte2AjoE
** Publication-month TV, radio, and blog tours with author Robert Matzen and national TV appearances by Matzen teamed with Audrey’s son (and NYT-bestselling author) Luca Dotti, who wrote the foreword for the book
** Book launch speaking and book-signing events in select cities (TBA)
** Targeted Spring 2019 advertising with key book and library trade publications