Okay everybody, someone needs your help! Today I received a letter from a nice fellow who would really like to find an exact replica of Holly’s cat mask from the five and dime in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He’s searched everywhere and I’ve searched everywhere and we can’t seem to find it. Has anyone ever come across this mask, or know of a place that makes these now? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated, especially if it could be ordered online and shipped before Halloween. Just leave a comment below, and thank you in advance!
I’ve been catching up on my Entertainment Weekly issues (I still don’t know how or why I’m getting them in the first place), and I noticed that they actually reviewed the 50th anniversary edition of Funny Face. What’s more: they’re actually huge fans of Kay Thompson! I’ve scanned it to share with you:
By now you know how to live like Holly Golightly, have her clawfoot bathtub-turned sofa, have the wardrobe and sleep mask, but what’s missing? Ah! The blue tasseled earplugs she uses to block out the noise of New York, the telephone (though stuck in a suitcase), and that pesky door buzzer. Thankfully, some clever person at ecrater.com has come to our rescue and made a replica of Holly’s earplugs for you to wear, and they actually reduce noise as well.
By now you’ve all seen the screengrabs from a recent episode of “Gossip Girl” where main character Blair dreams that she’s Holly Golightly in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Apparently, Blair is something of a fan of Audrey throughout the show, because reader Cris wrote and asked if I had a copy of the picture Blair has hanging above her bed, which is Audrey Hepburn in profile. I had to watch an episode to see it, but here’s the picture in question:
Hope this made your day, Cris! And any other “Gossip Girl”/Audrey fans looking for that picture. And here’s a fun bit of trivia for you: this picture is part of a series Audrey did where she modeled hats for her friend and designer, Givenchy.
It’s getting closer to Halloween, and maybe you already have your chic Audrey Hepburn (or Holly Golightly) costume assembled and ready to go. But how about getting a little more into the Halloween spirit by watching Wait Until Dark, a claustrophobic thriller with Audrey? It’s scary, it’s intense, and it’s Audrey in her last Oscar-nominated role. Last year Alan Arkin’s sinister Harry Roat was voted one of the Top Ten villains on film, so you might want watch this one with a friend. And with a light on. Anyway, you can rent it or watch it straight from YouTube in its entirety, thanks to the same great person who put up Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
You can view the other segments here, and don’t forget to say thank you!
At the beginning of this year I saw an Audrey Hepburn double feature that included Funny Face, the first time I’d ever seen that film on the big screen. I was surprised to see that a good portion of the audience, maybe even half, was there because they were huge Kay Thompson fans. Sadly, little information seems to be readily available on her, but I did find someone who is willing to share Kay with the world. At People vs. Dr. Chilledair, the author shares some insider information that he has on her, including the fact that Kay’s goddaughter Liza Minelli is currently recording a tribute album to her. It will be called “The Godmother + The Goddaughter,” though no release date has yet been set. Kay herself only has two albums available (that I could find, anyway), “The Golden Years 1934-1954,” and Queen of Swing Vocals and Her Rhythm Singers 1933-37. It’s a shame that more isn’t available, because she was a prolific and highly talented woman. The author of Dr. Chilledair has also posted a great video on YouTube with some of Kay’s earlier film performances, including one song and dance routine done just five years before Funny Face:
Maybe this new wave of attention to Kay will inspire someone to write a great biography on her, or release more of her music.
I first heard about Noburo Kubo a few weeks ago, when I came across a picture of his fantastic train station painting of Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (left). I couldn’t find a lot about him at the time, so I just saved the picture with his name as the title and moved along. Thankfully, Japan Today has an article about this curious artist, so we can all learn more about him.
It turns out that Kubo is possibly the last person left in Japan that still paints old-fashioned movie posters onto billboards, an art that used to be par for the course in the days before Photoshopped montages passing as posters were quickly pasted up on the side of a freeway. It’s a really fascinating read and Kubo does such beautiful work, it’s a shame that more of his work isn’t feature in the article. And if anyone in Japan ever sees his work, especially anything that features Audrey, take plenty of pictures!
For those of you coming here for Audrey Hepburn costume help, don’t hesitate to click the link on the right. But if you would like to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s for a little help and inspiration and don’t have a copy available, you may want to go here and watch it on YouTube. I don’t know how long it will be up, but enjoy it while you can! And leave a thank you for the person who was kind enough to put it up for everyone to enjoy.
In an article today for the Chicago Sun-Times, Betsy Hart wonders what has happened to the movie heroines. In the earlier days of film, women were strong, three-dimensional characters who could carry a film by herself. They were feminine and beautiful, but they were strong and could do without a man, thank you very much. Think of Joan Crawford, one of the first women to publicly raise children without a husband or father figure for them (forget the Mommy Dearest part for now). Think of Audrey Hepburn, even. In nearly all of her films there’s a happily ever after with implied marriage to the leading man, but she was no lovesick baby dependent on a man. Her quiet strength and natural charms drew him to her, often making him completely crazy in the process (see Love in the Afternoon). Think of some of the strongest films in history such as Laura, Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, and see how much of these films were carried by the female lead. They were empowering without being frothy or falling into the dreaded “chick-flick” territory. What has happened to films like these? Why must a woman blow something up to be considered strong? Continue reading “Where have all the leading ladies gone?”
If you’ve seen Roman Holiday, then you’re familiar with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s work. The name’s not ringing a bell? Perhaps you have an older version of the film, then, before it was digitally remastered and re-released in 2002. For Dalton Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten — ten screenwriters and directors who were blacklisted from work in the film industry for refusing to testify against their peers during the McCarthy hearings in the anti-Communist craze. Trumbo was the real writer of the Oscar-winning screenplay for Roman Holiday, but since he was banned from any and all work in Hollywood at the time, he used friend Ian McLellan Hunter as a front. Hunter accepted the award on Trumbo’s behalf, and it wasn’t until 1992 that the Academy Award records were revised and Trumbo’s widow was presented with the award, and another ten years after that until the film was changed to give him the credit he deserved. Now, over 30 years after his death, his son and various well-known Hollywood names have made a documentary about Trumbo’s outcast years. Continue reading “Trumbo”