auction, charity, Events

"Thank you Audrey Hepburn, we love you"

No Comments 28 February 2007

Last night I dreamed that I met Audrey Hepburn in a beautiful garden full of exotic flowers, and we talked about the flowers and saving money for the children. Today I wake up to find that the first of 15 planned schools for the City of Joy Aid has opened! If you remember from earlier news posts, the money from the Christie’s auction of Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress raised enough money to build 15 schools for children in India who would otherwise never be schooled at all. The first school opened today in Keoradanga with City of Joy Aid founder Dominique Lapierre present, and will hold about 200 students. It was apparently a very sweet opening, with children singing a welcome song and Dominique offering a red rose to a picture of Audrey sporting the dress (below). You can read more about the school’s opening here, and more about the Lapierre’s school plans here. Long-term plans for the City of Joy Aid can be found here.

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Films, homage

My Mother Thought She Was Audrey Hepburn

No Comments 28 February 2007

Always looking for something new and amusing for your reading pleasure, today I’ve stumbled across two videos that sound interesting. The first is actually a short, 17-minute film seemingly made just for Asian-American studies, and it’s called My Mother Thought She Was Audrey Hepburn. It’s about a Chinese family living in San Francisco, and the mother of the family tries to make herself look all-American by emulating Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. I really wish there was more information on this featurette, or that it was more widely available (unless someone out there really wants to buy a copy for $225, or rent it for $50). You can find a little more information on the film here, if you’d like.

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Events, inspiration, lookalikes, tributes

Audrey Hepburn at the Oscars

No Comments 27 February 2007

If you didn’t end up watching the Oscars last night, Audrey Hepburn herself was featured! During a segment on writers in cinema, a clip from Paris When It Sizzles was shown. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the film, Audrey plays a typist named Gabrielle Simpson who is hired to type a non-existent script for slacker screenwriter Richard Benson, played by William Holden. There was also an Audrey-inspired commercial that aired during the ceremonies.

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Uncategorized

Audrey Hepburn and Oscar Style

No Comments 26 February 2007

In honor of the Oscars tonight, I thought I’d pull up something from the old Fab Audrey archives: scans from a People magazine special called Oscar Style. For a while, it seemed that someone at People really loved Audrey, since quite a few special edition magazines came out and she was always featured prominently, if not on the cover itself. Oscar Style is no exception!

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Givenchy

a belated happy birthday to Givenchy!

No Comments 24 February 2007

Hubert de Givenchy turned 80 on February 21, and I was silly enough to miss it. So a belated Happy Birthday to Audrey’s good friend, protector, and the hidden half of Audrey Style. I hope it was a good day for you.

auction, Films

Audrey Hepburn’s car for sale? Plus, footage from her first screentest

No Comments 24 February 2007

There was an eBay auction last week for a white Mercedes-Benz supposedly owned by Audrey Hepburn. There’s a lot of speculation going around between Audrey fans, and the ad itself is very strange. The seller of the car (based in San Francisco) has a very long piece about the car up, though if you actually read the eight paragraphs, it’s mainly insisting that Audrey’s two favourite colours were white and red (the colours of the car), and lists every example in her films available to back up this fact.

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fashion, Films, style

Audrey Hepburn’s first screen test

No Comments 23 February 2007

The British Film Institute is teaming up with Hewlett-Packard to publicize more than 300 film clips from their vast archives. A new “mediateque,” a sort of mini-film theatre, will open March 14 in London’s South Bank and will be completely free and open to the public. Audrey Hepburn’s first screen test ever will be available, along with Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation and early Victorian films. BFI also hopes to release around 300 more clips before the end of the year to the general public. You can read more here.

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auction, charity, Events, Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress does big things

No Comments 21 February 2007

On December 5, 2006, Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for a record-breaking £467,200. The dress, one of three copies made by Givenchy for the film, was donated by Hubert de Givenchy himself to friend Dominique Lapierre, a French author who also runs City of Joy Aid with his wife. The proceeds from the sale — the dress was bought by the house of Givenchy, now owned by LVMH — were to go entirely to City of Joy, and already the results are showing themselves. 15 educational centers for children are set to be opened in India from this money, and one center in Lakshikautapur is currently being built. These centers are designed to teach children English when they would normally never see the inside of a school, and would instead be bullied into mob work. You can read more about the amazing Lapierres and their work here, and you can read a smaller article about other works City of Joy does here.

Books, Films, remakes

War and Peace, rewritten

No Comments 19 February 2007

It seems that War and Peace has been making some new waves recently. The classic, notoriously long book, which averages about 1500 pages, has recently been cut down and will be re-released as “half as long and twice as interesting.” Before Tolstoy fans start screaming “Blasphemy!” though, it’s worth pointing out that this “new” take on War and Peace comes from an earlier manuscript Tolstoy himself wrote. Worth noting is the fact that two main characters, who originally die in the finished book, live in this earlier draft. The new book shaves off nearly 500 pages, leaving you only 1000 pages to read. (That’s roughly the length of Gone With the Wind, which I’ve read 4 times.) If you’d like to learn a little more information on the new book, go here.

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Books

Audrey Hepburn: A Celebration author dies

No Comments 18 February 2007

There are scads of books out on Audrey Hepburn now, from picture books to biographies to bizarre fantasy conspiracy “tell-all”s, but one of the first ones out on Audrey was Audrey Hepburn: A Celebration, by Sheridan Morley. While spotty and fairly breezy as a biography, it was a nice black and white picture book and very enjoyable to flip through. Morley was also a film critic, and is cited often in Barry Paris’s biography of Audrey. Morley was most certainly a Hepburn fan from day one, it seems. To read more about Morley and his life, go here.

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