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Audrey voted most beautiful brunette of all time

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Pantene shampoo has voted Audrey the most beautiful brunette of all time recently. She beat out many modern (and living) brunettes, including Catherine Zeta-Jones and Elizabeth Taylor. I can’t find anything on Pantene’s website, or anywhere else for that matter, about who all is on the list. The only thing I’ve found so far is this article from the Daily Record, actually. Can anyone find it anywhere else? A full list would be nice. 🙂

Also, designer Irene Galitzine, called Italy’s “fashion princess,” died earlier. She clothed Audrey among many other fashionable women back in the day, including Audrey’s close second in style, Jackie Kennedy. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any pictures of Irene and Audrey together right off the bat, or Audrey wearing any of Irene’s designs, but maybe something will come up in a little bit. If you’re interested, you can read more about Irene here.

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When all is said and done, Audrey came out on top

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I found a really nice review of The Audrey Hepburn Treasures (though it’s mislabeled as The Audrey Hepburn Treasury — is it a bank?) which talks about Audrey’s life compared to her peers’ lives. She has by far had the closest to normal life and the less sensationalistic, and really, that’s a better role model than you can find most other places. The full article can be found here, and inside the article is a link to a long excerpt from the book, both courtesy of Australia’s Courier Mail News. If you don’t want to read the review and just want to see the excerpt, click here.

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What ever happened to class?

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Well, now that Lotta and Carl have won the first contest, the news has slowed to a crawl (though if Carl doesn’t claim his prize soon, I might redraw for it!). I guess the Gap commercials being over has really dried up the flow for a while . . . until the dress goes on auction and more books come out. But I have found one article that hasn’t been rehashed a million times that is a pretty good read. It talks about the lame excuse for role models in American society today and how their complete ignorance of fashion (and even of dressing themselves) is reflecting on young girls and young women and making us into a nation of tarts. Here’s my favourite line:

What ever happened to the era of chic, the era of Audrey Hepburn, when women acted and dressed like ladies? Many women prattle on and on about how the sexual revolution liberated them — and yet they still feel compelled to attract male attention by dressing badly. That’s slavery, not liberation.

You can read the whole article here, and even if these sorts of articles aren’t your cup of tea, please take the last sentence of the article to heart. It seems to have been forgotten lately in society.

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Contest is over! Plus, new technology will make the Gap ads look like child’s play

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Well folks, the first Fab Audrey contest ended last night at 11:59 (to avoid semantics arguments about which midnight counts on which day). A big thank you to everyone who entered, and a heads up saying that winners will be notified sometime today.

And news is suddenly slow on Audrey, if you don’t count all the repeat articles making their rounds. The only shareable thing I’ve found lately is an article on gossip site Defamer, talking about new technology that will make it possible to take old, possibly dead celebrities and make them act in completely new ways in new movies. So if you thought cutting and pasting Audrey from Funny Face was bad, or Fred Astaire dancing with a vacuum cleaner was blasphemous, then just wait until people start to take advantage of this new technique. I can’t even bring myself to cite bad examples, because they just might come true. Can you think of any future Audrey horror stories? (Okay, I’ll submit one: since Jennifer Love Hewitt claims to be such a big fan [though she stopped mentioning Audrey once The Audrey Hepburn Story was in the can], imagine her helping Audrey “cross over” on Ghost Whisperer, while Audrey praises Hewitt and her ego to the sky. Is that bad enough?) Here’s the full article.

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Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures"

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I think this is the first time I’ve heard Sean Ferrer talking about Donald Spoto’s biography Enchanted, and why he chose not to be involved in The Audrey Hepburn Treasures. The article talks briefly about why Spoto decided to toss his hat into the ring, since so many biographies on Audrey already exist, and turns from there to a phone interview with Sean from his Children’s Fund office in Santa Monica. I think this quote is the most telling:

Sean said he had been aware of his mother’s extramarital affairs, so Spoto’s book would be no surprise for him.

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More pictures! Penpals! A "They All Laughed" review!

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Finally, some more picture galleries. First up is Funny Face, which has 78 pictures right now and more to come.

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site updates

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Just a quick note to let you all know that I’ve been slaving away over a hot keyboard to keep improving the website for you. 🙂 Last night I added a review for The Nun’s Story (the book, not the movie — yet) and a review of Roman Holiday. Today there’s another two, with Charade and Two For the Road joining the ranks.

Now I’m off to build more picture galleries, since I know that’s the real reason why anyone goes to an Audrey Hepburn site. 😉

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Rare German Audrey stamp sold for a fortune

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If you’ve been an Audrey fan for a while and can stretch your mind waaaaay back to January of 2005, then you might remember hearing about a few very rare German Audrey stamps that had surfaced. They were supposed to be a mass release, but Sean and Luca objected to the image that was chosen (Audrey as Holly Golightly, posed with her signature long black cigarette holder) after millions of stamps were printed. All but 10 stamps were destroyed, and the surviving 10 had been stolen from the post office’s archives. It seems that 3 have surfaced, and one just sold as U.S. auction for $66,500! Here’s a photo of the stamp:


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A reverse ransom note to the Gap

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I’ve found a hilarious article by Steve Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. He calls it a reverse ransom note, and he mercilessly harasses the Gap for using Audrey Hepburn to shill their terrible clothes, and for trying to force-feed a whole country of women a style that fits only a certain body type. There’s lots of great quotable parts, but here’s two highlights to pique your interest:This makes one of the classiest actresses Hollywood has seen into the apparel industry equivalent of Ron Popeil,” and While it matters, legally, that her son OKd the ad campaign, it doesn’t matter, morally.”

Interested? Click here to read the article.

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videos about the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress going to auction

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I found some videos from various news shows across the U.S. that talk about the upcoming auction of the long black dress from BAT. And might I just add I giant “I KNEW IT!” because this clip states that “according to Givenchy [who donated the dress], this is not the dress worn in the film. There are three dresses; one is in the costume museum in Madrid, and one is in Givenchy’s own personal archives in Paris. This is the only dress that will ever come on the market.” The model wearing the dress in this clip reminds me of Selma Blair, and she’s obviously a wee bit short for the dress. (Note: you have to sit through a short ad before the news clip itself plays, and you can’t skip it or fast forward through it. So don’t worry, I didn’t give you the wrong link.)

The next clip just talks a bit more about the background of the dress (Givenchy shipped the designs out and Edith Head’s people made 3 copies) and shows the model walking out to the picture window to halfway recreate the opening of the film. Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t the dress seem less special if everyone gets to wear it? Especially since Audrey herself might not have ever put it on. I dunno.

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