Breakfast: Black coffee, orange juice.
Lunch, days one – three: two grilled lamb chops, two tomatoes, black coffee, half a grapefruit.
Day four: Half a fried chicken, two tomatoes, black coffee, orange juice.
Dinner day one: Sirloin steak, two tomatoes, black coffee, orange juice.
Dinner day two: Grilled lamb chop, dish of spinach, hard-boiled egg, two tomatoes, black coffee, orange juice.
Dinner day three: Scrambled eggs, two tomatoes, fruit jelly, black coffee, orange juice.
Dinner day four: Two lamb chops, two tomatoes, black coffee, orange juice.
She said: "I seem to have a built-in leveller. I've a tremendously good appetite, but as soon as I'm satisfied, a hatch closes and I stop."
Audrey's breakfast was two boiled eggs with a slice of wholemeal toast, cottage cheese with raw veg and fruit or yogurt for lunch and red meat with cooked veg and salad for dinner.
She rejected empty calories: "When I look at a slice of cake I have no desire for it," she said, "because I know it will do nothing at all for me."
Not only did she go swimming every day, she also had a very specific lunch order, which her manager made sure she got every day: hearts of celery with salt (celery to kill cravings, salt to add taste), raisins (for a healthy sugar hit), romaine lettuce leaves in oil dressing (light but filling) and a glass of water every hour.
And no matter how low-fat each dish was, she'd never finish any of them.
"I'd roll around the room like a rubber ball until I was so dizzy that I couldn't move. Then I'd jump up and stagger to the looking glass to see if I'd lost any fat. Say, I'll bet I rolled a hundred miles in that little room."
It certainly sounds like more fun than an hour on the treadmill!
These included not sitting in a soft chair, which she believed spread the hips, walking around the house with her toes pointed in to tone her legs and deliberately dropping a pack of cards every morning, which she'd then pick up one by one, bending at the waist.
And she ensured she kept her million dollar legs in tip-top condition by dancing, walking and daily massage: "Start at the toes and work the tiredness out with a rotary motion. Then with both palms flat against ankles, massage gently at least 40 times. Above the ankle, use a brisk up and down movement that will circulate the blood."
She started every day with two raw eggs mixed with hot milk, adding a drop of sherry if she wasn't feeling great. Although she risked salmonella, she thought hers was the perfect way to start the day, saying: "I doubt if any doctor could prescribe a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl."
Extracts taken from Vintage Secrets: Hollywood Diet & Fitness by Laura Slater (Plexus Publishing, £14.99) is out now
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