Audrey Hepburn: Still The Fairest Lady

Time Magazine wrote their own tribute to our lovely Audrey on the 14th anniversary of her death. At first, I was wishing I had just posted their story instead of writing my own awkwardly expressed tribute, but the more I read, the more I was disgusted that this article was printed by no less than Time. While starting out as a lovely remembrance for one of the few top-notch celebrities who lived their life drama-free and managed to turn their life into something meaningful, it quickly degenerates into a crass article that you’d think was talking about Lindsay Lohan or some other tartlet that isn’t held very high in anyone’s esteem. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn: Still The Fairest Lady”

Audrey Hepburn May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993

14 years ago today, Audrey left us. It’s hard to believe, really, especially when you see her nearly every day in some way, shape, or form. It’s nearly impossible to get away from her, when you get right down to it. From seeing her unique face stenciled on a sidewalk or mailbox to passing a girl on the street in ballet flats and capri pants, Audrey Hepburn is everywhere. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993”

Audrey at a theatre near you; Edie Sedgwick and stencils

First up, a few theatres in America have been publishing their upcoming attractions on line and making it into Google news, so you might be able to catch Audrey on the silver screen soon!

San Diego’s recently renovated North Park Theatre will be running a film festival called “Fabulous Faces of the Fifties.” Audrey is, of course, one of those fabulous faces, and if you’re in the area, Roman Holiday will be playing January 11-14. For more information, go here. Continue reading “Audrey at a theatre near you; Edie Sedgwick and stencils”

UNICEF, pearls, and the lasting power of Audrey Hepburn

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. Continue reading “UNICEF, pearls, and the lasting power of Audrey Hepburn”

Harper’s Bazaar scans

It turns out the drugstore up the street does carry Harper’s, along with other chi-chi magazines you wouldn’t expect next to trashy romance novels. I decided to flip through the November Natalie issue real quick just to see what all was in it, and I found an extra little article that no one seems to have mentioned. So I suffered and bought the magazine just to razor out the pages and scan it for everybody. Actually, it wasn’t all that bad at $3.99 — I think Mad Magazine nearly costs that now, and it’s about a quarter the size of Harper’s. And now you all know that I read Mad on a regular basis. Right. Continue reading “Harper’s Bazaar scans”

"Still our Fair Lady," plus "Gardens of the World"

There’s a short article talking about Audrey’s newfound popularity, especially with the recent Gap ads and the new Treasures book. It’s very short (I’ve told you pretty much all that’s in it already), but you can see the full article here.

Next up, thanks to the Audrey Hepburn Circle, I’ve found that the Gardens of the World miniseries now has their own website up! It’s a very Audrey-centric site, and goes more into detail on what’s in the new special edition DVD set, but the best part is Audrey’s full written introduction to the original series and an interview with her about the series. All in all it’s a nice site and definitely worth sharing, so click here to visit for yourself. Continue reading “"Still our Fair Lady," plus "Gardens of the World"”

Natalie Portman is Audrey’s "clone," but Audrey was a Martian anyway

I’ve seen these articles come into my inbox quite a few times now, so I thought I’d share. Apparently Natalie Portman wearing Audrey’s dress is a big deal, leading many to call her our generation’s Audrey Hepburn and Audrey’s clone. Unlike some starlets, Natalie has openly admitted that she could never fill Audrey’s shoes and doesn’t even want to try, which is nice and refreshing and really what people need to hear. She has also said she would never play Audrey in a biopic, so get that idea out of your head. Audrey clone or not though, we could do a lot worse on role models for young women. To view the article, click here. Continue reading “Natalie Portman is Audrey’s "clone," but Audrey was a Martian anyway”

Gap’s sales "still skinny," Nat Portman sports the auction dress

After the media blitz last month with the commercial, Gap’s sales are still slumping over last year’s. I find this hard to believe with all the attention they’ve been getting (unless Audrey fans are staying away in droves), and the article did say that the poor Gap did make $1.46 billion, so I’ll keep the tiny violin in my pocket. Still, how do you feel, knowing that the Gap specifically used Audrey to sell a product and that it possibly didn’t work? For the Gap, I mean. Plenty of people have been intrigued by Audrey, but not so much about skinny pants. The whole article can be seen here, though there’s not much I haven’t already mentioned. Continue reading “Gap’s sales "still skinny," Nat Portman sports the auction dress”