I forgot to mention when I posted the Entertainment Weekly articles that Audrey Hepburn was also mentioned on the magazine’s website. EW is currently polling their readers via the site to see who the Ultimate Hottie is. The contest is still ongoing, but in the Ultimate Female Hotties: The 60s and Earlier, Audrey is definitely on the list:
Ultimate Hottie Moment Wearing a slinky black dress and clutching a long, skinny cigarette holder in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
You can see Audrey’s page in the list here, and view the competition in general here.
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!
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!
Just a quick note to let everyone know that eagle-eyed reader Amy Beth has spotted another great Audrey-style dress from Target. This one is the Merona Full Skirt TRW dress and has a tie-front waist and a flared skirt, very cute and stylish, and not unlike Holly Golightly’s tie-front dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can see the picture to the left and learn more about the dress by clicking on the name.
Besides the fact that Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the most widely-known of Audrey Hepburn films, and the fact that it was recently voted the most fashionable film of all time, and that it led to Audrey’s fourth Oscar nomination, you can now add to the long list of credentials that Audrey’s massive updo in the opening scene of Breakfast is on the top ten Most Iconic Screen Hairstyles. Sadly, she didn’t take first place. She came in third, after Princess Leia’s earmuff buns and Marge Simpson’s towering blue beehive. Still, that’s not bad, considering how many trendy hairstyles have come and gone since the invention of film. And it might be the easiest hairstyle to mimic out of the top three, especially with this handy-dandy tutorial to help you out.
Recently Amazon launched a new program called Unbox. I blew it off at first because I was sure they would only have newer films for download, but as it turns out, they already have about 10 Audrey films up for grabs! What’s even better is that they have some rarities that new fans don’t usually get to see. There’s the old standards: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, but there’s also some more dramatic, lesser known films everyone should know, such as The Nun’s Story and The Children’s Hour. There is even an episode of Great Romances of the Twentieth Century all about her relationship with first husband Mel Ferrer, which I haven’t even seen and have been trying to get a hold of for ages!
This program is great because you can either download and rent a film for 24 hours for about $1.99, or you can buy the downloaded film for about $9.99, keep the film forever, and even legally download it to another computer or program it in to your TiVo. Pretty cool, huh? You can see the complete list of Audrey Hepburn items currently available through Unbox here, and I will definitely keep an eye on these and share any new goodies that may come up!
Note: this appears to only be available to residents of the US for the time being.
If you missed it the first time around, here’s part one of the costume tips. I’ve found even more great items to put together a really fantastic Audrey Hepburn or Holly Golightly costume, so keep reading!
1. Opera gloves. How could you forget opera gloves? If you’d really like to look classy, try to find some above the elbow length gloves, which make for a more formal, elegant look. I’ve found some beautiful satin gloves in a vast array of colours, so you can do black for Holly Golightly or white/cream for a Princess Ann or Eliza Doolittle look.
I’d just like to remind everybody that two new Audrey Hepburn goodies were released today. The first is the highly anticipated 50th anniversary Funny Face, which has new featurettes, including a retrospective on Audrey and Givenchy’s lifelong friendship and partnership. It looks to be at least as good as the special anniversary edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, so either order your copy today or be sure to put it on your wish list! The holidays are coming before you know it, and there are plenty of new goods coming out to make sure you have an excellent holiday.
The Audrey Hepburn 5-pack is also out today. This is a great gift for the new Audrey fan who maybe hasn’t seen a lot of her films or doesn’t own any yet. With pretty much all of her classics (Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Paris When It Sizzles) in one pretty box, this is easily the best gift ever. It’s quite affordable, too, so it’s a great idea to keep in mind when you’re doing your holiday shopping or November/December birthday shopping.
If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area or will be in December, then you might want to drop in the Westgate Art Cinemas. They’ll be playing an Audrey Hepburn double feature there for a week, with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday, two of Audrey’s most beloved films. No specific dates are up yet, but you can check back near the end of November and even order tickets online. You can also read more about Westgate’s Great Performances series here if you’d like.