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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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fresh out

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I guess I posted the whole week’s news yesterday! All I could find today was one article about the Spoto biography, although it does give a very good and thorough timeline of Audrey’s life. It’s definitely worth checking out here.

Also . . . I really don’t like it when I search for Audrey through Blogger and get thrown into teenage girl’s thinspiration blogs, especially when they brag about only eating crackers worth 220 calories for an entire day. Forget the Gap ads, that would make Audrey spin in her grave if anything could.

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"Roman Holiday" screengrabs gallery!

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Finally, the Roman Holiday screengrabs are here. There’s 469 grabs for your enjoyment, and I must say this was a really fun one to work on. I mean, they all are, but I loved this film even more after doing the grabs, and it reminded me of just how much I loved all the authentic Italian talent they had in this film. I will always love Mario Delani, the barber.

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winter coats, book excerpts and ghosts

Comments Off on winter coats, book excerpts and ghosts 06 November 2006

Some random updates today:

a guide on buying a winter coat that will last (for the ladies), in the desperate attempt to buy something that really will be timeless and classic and last more than one season. Of course it mentions Audrey.

a nice interview with Sir Roger Moore, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and recipient of the first ever Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award (2004). Close to the bottom (the last 3 paragraphs, in fact), Roger talks about his humanitarian work and how Audrey roped him into UNICEF — very lovingly, of course. 🙂

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Gossip

A blast from the past, plus an extended trailer

Comments Off on A blast from the past, plus an extended trailer 03 November 2006

Audrey news seems slow today (I’ll refrain from making any Day of the Dead jokes), but I did find two fun things. The first is an excerpt from an old issue of Variety — from 1958, to be exact. If you’re not familiar with the “trade rag,” it’s written in slang, since it’s mainly for people in the entertainment industry who understand that silly talk. Anyway, the excerpt was from the set of Audrey’s latest movie, The Nun’s Story, and talks about her upcoming projects, including one that never made it off the ground. To read the whole article, click here.

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How to get Golightly hair, just in time for Halloween!

Comments Off on How to get Golightly hair, just in time for Halloween! 25 October 2006

If you were planning on being Holly Golightly for Halloween, then this article comes just in time! And even if you were planning to go as Audrey, admit it: it’s Audrey as Holly, right? Because that’s the one costume everyone will know. It’s okay, I’ve done that, too. 😉

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Books, picture book

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

Comments Off on When all is said and done, Audrey came out on top 21 October 2006

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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Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures"

Comments Off on Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures" 17 October 2006

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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beauty, fashion, inner beauty, inspiration, tributes

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

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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.

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Books

The Nun’s Story

Comments Off on The Nun’s Story 05 October 2006

Last week I bought a copy of The Nun’s Story (the book) off of Amazon. I lucked out because as I did a search for the book, there happened to be a copy of it with Audrey on the cover, released in an edition that came out right when the movie was coming out. The book isn’t being printed anymore, so if you want a copy for yourself, it’s going to have to be an old one. If you’re all nice, I might end up buying more copies like mine and giving them away. 🙂

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