Books, lookalikes

the Audrey comic you probably didn’t know about

Comments Off on the Audrey comic you probably didn’t know about 25 January 2007

A few years ago there was a fantastic Italian/English Audrey Hepburn fansite run by a wonderful young lady by the name of Sandra. She was very kind to me when The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn was just starting, and one Christmas she sent her international friends a copy of an Italian comic book called Julia. It was about a young woman who solved crimes, and the character was obviously based on Audrey. The comic itself was very good (from what I could translate — my Italian is about as rusty as can be), and it’s being turned into a PC game! An Italian development company by the name of Artematica is developing it, but no word is out yet on the plot. You can find a little more information here, and if I can get around to it, I’ll scan more of my comic for you to go through.

And a big thank you to Sandra for giving me this comic in the first place. Her site, sadly, is no longer around, but her impact on me still lingers and I’m sure she’s still the same fantastic person she was back then. Thank you, Sandy!

Books, fashion, picture book

"Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s" — a new book!

Comments Off on "Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s" — a new book! 18 January 2007

There’s yet another new picture book coming out on Audrey! This one, called Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Photographs by Howell Conant, features pictures of Audrey onset for publicity photos and candid pictures during filming of her most iconic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The description on GermanArtBooks.com, which has the most information I can find yet, says that there are also fashion shoots, but it’s unclear if they are Tiffany’s related or not. All photos in the book were taken by Conant, who was also a good friend of Grace Kelly’s, and there is some text written by actress Leslie Caron (who was often referred to as “The Other Audrey Hepburn”). And here is the release information for various countries — at least as much as I could find at this time:

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Books, Events, screening

Style and Substance, une nouvelle biographie, and more Funny Face

Comments Off on Style and Substance, une nouvelle biographie, and more Funny Face 06 January 2007

First off, another big thank you to Franklin, who has made us aware of a new French biography on Audrey. Audrey Hepburn, by Christian Dureau, was released November 9 2006, and while there doesn’t seem to be very much information on it (at least on the French Amazon), it is 109 pages and available for €14,16. Judging from the author’s other works, it seems like this biography is pretty barebones (the page count seems to say so, too) and wouldn’t say anything new to the reader. There are also no reviews up anywhere that I can find, so it’s hard to say for sure whether it’s worth it. If my French were a little less rusty, I’d give it a go!

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behind the scenes, Books, picture book

The Audrey Hepburn Treasures

Comments Off on The Audrey Hepburn Treasures 03 January 2007

While Audrey news is still slow going, I did find an article reviewing The Audrey Hepburn Treasures that was very different from the rest. I also wanted to share it because it expresses some of the same concerns a lot of Audrey fans had expressed themselves: how would she feel about having millions of people see her personal belongings? The article starts off by saying that going through Treasures is rather like going through someone’s desk drawers after they’ve died, and you feel guilty and strange doing it. But the author of the article justifies the release of Treasures by pointing out that it was done with Sean’s specific consent (his forward in the book further assuages guilt), and that sales of this book will help the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. It also mentions Sean’s own book, Elegant Spirit, as a further okay to this intimate peek at the private Audrey Hepburn.

You can read the full article from Film Buff Stuff here.

Books, DVD releases, Films, picture book

Contest winners, Gardens of the World, and updates!

Comments Off on Contest winners, Gardens of the World, and updates! 27 December 2006

Je suis désolé, es tut mir leid, I am so sorry about taking so long with the contest! I won’t waste your time with excuses, so I’ll just get straight to it an announce the winners of the December contest. Second prize is a copy of the new Taschen Icons book on Audrey, and was won by Amy! First prize is a copy of the new special edition of “Gardens of the World,” and has been won by Rosana! Ladies, please check your email so we can ship off your wonderful new prizes. And since the drawing was delayed until after the holidays, if you’ve received your prizes from someone else in the meantime, we’ll work out some other prize you don’t have. 🙂

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behind the scenes, Books, picture book

To those who celebrate it . . .

Comments Off on To those who celebrate it . . . 16 December 2006

Happy Hannukah!

Also, I received an early present today (which I bought for myself):


If this book is really as good a deal as it seems to be, there might be a few copies turning up in contests soon . . .

Books, charity, gifts, picture book, shopping

shopping

Comments Off on shopping 02 December 2006

Since it’s that time of year (and since this is the only news coming in), here’s two little shopping tips.

Are you planning on getting anyone Audrey Style this year, or even maybe buying it for yourself? It may cost a little more than Amazon’s markdowns, but you can actually buy the book from UNICEF! It’s in the For Adults section, or you can just go straight here. You can even throw in Sean’s An Elegant Spirit, which is also available through the charity. If you’re going to be buying some Audrey gifts anyway, it might as well help out someone in need and brighten two lives at once. 🙂 Found through this article.

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Books, inspiration, lookalikes, tributes

UNICEF, pearls, and the lasting power of Audrey Hepburn

Comments Off on UNICEF, pearls, and the lasting power of Audrey Hepburn 27 November 2006

There’s a really excellent article about UNICEF and the trials and tribulations of charities in the Guardian today. We’ve been seeing more and more articles popping up lately talking about the celebrity charity drive and how it can actually hurt charities more than help them, and this article lists some of UNICEF’s more recent issues with its image and its partnerships. It also talks about certain big labels doing two-faced work by making their clothes via Third World sweatshops, yet launching conscientious items or lines to raise money for Third World citizens. *cough* Gap Red! *cough* It of course mentions Audrey’s work and how she sort of started the celebrity spokesperson trend (though really the credit should go to Danny Kaye, who worked for 40 years as a Goodwill Ambassador and got Audrey involved), and how there are special classes celebrities take now to learn about charities and become spokespeople. Classes. It all seems very strange. Still, I highly recommend reading the whole article.

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Books, Films, picture book

"They All Laughed" review, more ideas for Gap-style ads

Comments Off on "They All Laughed" review, more ideas for Gap-style ads 07 November 2006

There’s a pretty modest review of They All Laughed here — I like how the rating is “polite applause” — but it does give a good background on the movie and make me more curious to finally see it myself.

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Books, Events, picture book, Timeless Audrey Exhibit

audreyhepburn.com finally updates!

Comments Off on audreyhepburn.com finally updates! 29 October 2006

So I just got an email from the Children’s Fund (don’t get huffy, I’m on the mailing list just like a million other people are), and they’re finally offering The Audrey Hepburn Treasures for sale on their website like they did when Sean’s Elegant Spirit came out. But unlike Elegant, Treasures is not signed, so please make note of that. It’s also selling at full price ($49.95 US), so I personally think you’re better off at Amazon. And don’t worry about hurting the Children’s Fund, since they published the book anyway and will get the writer’s cut.


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