Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen

Dutch Girl

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother who she was.” Audrey Hepb...

Details Dutch Girl

TitleDutch Girl
Release DateApr 15th, 2019
PublisherGoodKnight Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History, Historical, War, World War II

Reviews Dutch Girl

  • Valerity (Val)
    This book is about Hepburn’s early years in Europe during the war. It has a foreword by her youngest son Luca Dotta. She had always been very introverted, a quiet, shy girl. Probably more so after her parents split and her father wasn’t around anymore. but the ballet lessons she loved so much finally helped her become more expressive outwardly. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra was very pro-German before the war began and had met Hitler ...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Audrey Hepburn is such an iconic actress and I've seen so many of her films multiple times. Outside of her films though I didn't know much about her life, especially as a young woman growing up during WWII in Europe. This biography from Robert Matzen is a fascinating read if you're interested in her life. I learned so much about her and I can definitely say that I have a newfound r...
  • Juli
    I have always loved Audrey Hepburn's films. She just shines on the screen...so beautiful, so poised and talented. I learned years ago about her charitable work through UNICEF. She was a kind and giving person, as well as intelligent and talented. This book talks about Audrey's life before Hollywood...the years she lived under the Nazi occupation of Holland. I never realized how much she went through during World War II in the Netherlands. My resp...
  • Michelle
    Wow, I really didnt realise how interesting the WW2 / Audrey Hepburn combo would be when I first picked up this book. I'm pretty shocked at some of the things I have read.Audrey's parents were particularly interesting, her father was British and was considered a traitor and spent most of the war in a British prison. Her mother, Dutch, actively supported and met Hitler on many occasions, and even wrote about it in a fascist newspaper, something th...
  • Keith Chawgo
    Dutch Girl documents the life of Audrey Hepburn during her years in the Netherlands which includes the torrent episodes of World War 2. At times the book comes across as a history book about the Netherlands and WWII and the story of a would be actress who would steal the hearts of the world in her adulthood.The novel does not really go into her films or life after she had become a star. It does however document an important part of world history ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    The book has been marketed as telling the story of Audrey Hepburn's young years during World War II in which she lived in Arnhem, developing her skills as a dancer and working as an agent for the underground. While this is true in parts, it primarily chronicles what life in that town (the town of "a bridge too far") was like for the inhabitants and the transformations wrought by invasion, occupation and liberation. Such devastating affect on Audr...
  • Amanda
    In the forward, the author claims to have all this never before known knowledge about Audrey's life during the war. However, it did not appear that anything--or at least very little--was revealed about Audrey's life during that time in this book. Audrey did speak about her life during the war--most chapters start with a quote from her about it--but she spoke about it very rarely because it caused her such pain. What the author more accurately did...
  • FabAudrey
    If Audrey Hepburn was a puzzle, then there was a good one-third that had always been lost to the outside world. We may have seen a few pieces in biographies and a handful from her sons' books and interviews, but there was still something wanting. With Dutch Girl, we finally see just how much we had been missing.This is not a biography for a casual fan, or someone new to Hepburn fandom and looking to learn more about her in general. Granted, you l...
  • Molly
    When my mother wanted to teach me a lesson about life she never used stories about her career. She always told stories about the war. The war was very, very important to her. It made her who she was. ~ Luca Dotti, youngest son of Audrey HepburnBreaking out at the height of the studio era, World War II indelibly impacted Hollywood’s stars as much as it did the movie going public. Author Robert Matzen has highlighted three dynamic instances of th...
  • Sue
    This is a book about Audrey Hepburn but not the movie star person who we got to see in Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady and many other Hollywood Films. This is the young Audrey who was a teenager during the years of the Nazi occupation of her homeland. It reads more like a history book of the war in the Netherlands than it does as a biography of a Hollywood icon and was a well researched look at how Audrey grew up and how it affected her late...
  • gini
    A look at one family during WWllI could not put this book down. A must read for everyone! It gives a real depiction of the war in Arnhem Holland and the effects it had on Audrey Hepburn and it's citizens.
  • Linda Zagon
    Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Dutch Girl” “Audrey Hepburn and World War 11” by Robert Matzen, April 15, 2019Robert Matzen , Author of “Dutch Girl”; Audrey Hepburn and World War 11″ has written an intriguing and intense biography with tremendous historical background on the life and times of Audrey Hepburn. Most of this centers around the 5 year period that the Nazis occupied The Netherlands. At that time Audrey lived with her mo...
  • Gayle Noble
    An intriguing biography of Audrey Hepburn's formative years during WWII. I had absolutely no idea about her family and her work for a member of the Dutch Resistance. The amount of research that must have been carried out is phenomenal, yet the author writes in an accessible manner. If you are expecting lots of detail about her film career, then this is not the book for you, but if you want to learn what made Hepburn such an extraordinary person, ...
  • Jenny
    With her classic elegance and beauty, it is no wonder that Audrey Hepburn becomes a fashion icon all over the world. However, she is more than a classy icon. In this well-detailed biography, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and the World War II, readers will understand just how much the war made her and why she is one of the most renowned women of all time.Full Review on my blog: https://levicorpvsblog.wordpress.com/...
  • Simoa
    A thoroughly absorbing account of Audrey Hepburn’s life during WWII. These were her formative years, from ages 11-16. Imagine being a young girl, learning about the world and yourself, your body, and all of those experiences and puberty being impacted by trauma, death, and hunger. Robert Matzen writes with a clear reverence for his subject, one of the most renowned women of all time. Audrey was destined to be a star; this book once again shows ...
  • Betty
    Review coming soon.
  • Hermien
    An extra star because Audrey Hepburn and WWII are subjects that interest me. I felt some bits of it were a bit self-serving.
  • Sue Parker
    Definitely an autobiography rather than a novel. I was fascinated to read about the life, especially early years of Audrey Hepburn, who I admire as an actress. Lots of detail here but it is rather long winded and can be a dull read at times. Cut it back by a third and have it written less like a history text book in places and it will be more suitable for sale to the masses.
  • Julia
    Dutch Girl Audrey Hepburn And World War II by Robert Matzen is a comprehensive account of Audrey Hepburn’s teenage years in the Netherlands during WWII. It also touches on her life up until her death in 1993 aged just 63 years from abdominal cancer – a cruel end for a beautiful lady who gave so much.Audrey Hepburn was ‘emotionally wounded’ by WWII saying, “It was worse than you could ever imagine.” Consequently her whole life was live...
  • Lola Et La Vie
    I started out wanting to read this book because an interest in Audrey Hepburn and her connection to The Netherlands, where I was born and now live again, but this book was so much more than a biography.Besides finding out more about an icon, this book tells the story of a war, of a small area, in a country I grew up in. Of course much time was spent on WWII in school. I remember being moved and touched by documentaries about the war shown during ...
  • Meredith
    I was excited to see a biography that focused on Audrey Hepburn's early life and experiences relating to World War II. It didn't disappoint. I left the biography with a greater understanding of Audrey Hepburn. It added depth to a woman who is usually just recognized for her career and role as a fashion icon. Audrey's own words are included in this historical account of her life, and there is an interesting foreword by her son Luca Dotti, who shar...
  • George1st
    Robert Matzen is described by his publisher as "one of today’s top authors in popular biography" but the word popular should not detract from the years of scholarly research that have gone into producing this readable but also authoritative book. Painstaking research included new interviews with those who actually knew Hepburn in the Netherlands, archival research in several countries, previously unpublished secret diary entries and the limited...
  • Lauren Knapper
    Dutch Girl follows young Audrey Hepburn during the Second World War. The foreword is written by her youngest son, Luca Dotti.Audrey Hepburn was shy, introvert that longed to be a dancer in the ballet. We learn of Audrey’s childhood; her father leaving, her mother’s pro-German attitude before the war and how this effected the young girl. It was her dream to become a dancer. It was these dance lessons that allowed her to become more expressive ...
  • Asera
    -- Read this book from NetGalley UK in exchange for a fair review. --An impressive feat by Robert Matzen to set the record straight about Audrey’s life during World War II and the events that led up to it.Good points: Audrey’s early life in detail. Her personal experiences in wartime is harrowing to read. Ella’s (Audrey’s mother) movements prior to the war was eye-opening. Stories about her other relatives were enjoyable.There were a few ...
  • Cynthia
    One of the best biographies I've read in a long time. This beautifully researched and written book chronicles the early life of actress/dancer Audrey Hepburn in the Netherlands in World War II. Though she spent some of her early years in England, she returned to Velp and Arnhem in the Netherlands right before the German occupation. Towards the end of the war, Audrey and three relatives took refuge in the cellar as one of the last major battles of...
  • Charline
    Icon. Muse. Activist. We all think we know the story of Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn. But this book, released on April 15th, just weeks before what would have been her 90th birthday, adds fighter, survivor and heroine to that list of superlatives, in this fascinating never before told story of her life during WW2. Bestselling biographer Robert Matzen goes into great detail in this meticulously researched book. Even Audrey's son, Luca Dotti says ...
  • Susan
    I was deeply disappointed in this bait-and-switch book aimed at fans of Audrey Hepburn. This was an overwhelmingly and excessively detailed book about WWII, specifically in the Netherlands, and oh, Audrey Hepburn was there too! If the author's goal was to impress us with all the minutia, then he succeeded. However, most people looking to read a book stated to be about Ms. Hepburn during the War aren't going to be impressed. They, like myself, are...
  • Celia
    People probably like this book will probably be more interested in World War II than Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn lived through and experienced major episodes of World War II which ended when she was fifteen. However, the book needed to make a better connection Audrey Hepburn's childhood and her adult. Also, the book has a more information about Holland and World War II than is strictly needed for a book that is mainly about Audrey Hepburn.Audr...
  • EAM
    As a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, I eagerly anticipated this book and was especially excited that Matzen was focusing this book on a large part of Hepburn's life that has been largely excluded in most other biographies of her. Matzen is cleaver in choosing to pursue a very specific time period of her life and especially one that many people have speculated about in the past, but have never really had evidence to back these speculations up. For exa...