My huckleberry friend

I was making huckleberry jam last night — yes, huckleberries really do exist — and needed to look them up on Wikipedia since I didn’t have a recipe on hand and wanted to make sure it came out alright. While I was reading up on this strange fruit, something caught my eye. Apparently, the huckleberry came to be known as something tiny and insignificant culturally, and from there on to something reliable. The slang evolved from “a huckleberry to a persimmon,” meaning the tiniest bit beyond what you could do or achieve, to “I’ll be your huckleberry,” which meant “I’m your man,” or “I’m the one for the job.” So, long story short, is this the true meaning behind the mysterious “my huckleberry friend” line in “Moon River”? I’m convinced! What do you think? You can read more about the evolution of the huckleberry as a cultural reference here, if you need more information.

The berries themselves, by the way, are very similar to blueberries but are more tart in flavour, and the jam came out perfectly. 🙂

Breakfast at Tiffany’s the most fashionable film

In celebration of London’s Fashion Week, Lovefilm.com commissioned a survey asking film fans what they thought was the most fashionable film in movie history. A 46 year-old film by the name of Breakfast at Tiffany’s came in at number one, and Holly Golightly was thought of as the most elegant and iconic character ever portrayed. Not a bad way to go down in history, is it? You can read more about the survey and Breakfast‘s runners-up here if you’d like.

more Audrey Hepburn dolls!

As you may know by now, I’m a pretty big fan of Audrey Hepburn paper dolls — the virtual kind, since I haven’t yet found any real paper ones. (Previous dolls are here and here.) Well today I received an email from Elizabeth of Cartoon Emporium, and they’ve just put up a new Audrey Hepburn doll! I love this doll because they did a really great job on Audrey’s face, and unlike some other dolls, this actually features clothes from Audrey’s movies. You can play with Audrey here, if you’d like. And thank you to Elizabeth for sharing this and indulging my weaknesses. 🙂

New Audrey Hepburn goodies coming soon!

You can tell that the holiday season is coming ’round again, because new Audrey products are coming out all at once now. We’ve already discussed the new, 50th anniversary DVD of Funny Face coming October 2nd, but also to be released that day is a new Audrey Hepburn boxed set (left). This new set features five great films: Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and Paris When it Sizzles. Wow!

This is in addition to the already much hyped Audrey Hepburn: A Life in Pictures book that I reviewed earlier, and a re-release of the wonderful Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales, an audio CD where Audrey reads classic fairy tales. The book and CD both come out November 1st in the US. You can either start saving your pennies now, or start putting together that wishlist and conveniently leaving it out in front of all your friends and family. 😉

Goodbye, José; please learn by example

As many of you might know by now, last week José Luis de Vilallonga died at age 83. Jose was known in the Audrey Hepburn world as the man who played the dashing Brazilian boyfriend of Holly Golightly, José da Silva Pereira. José was a man of many talents, though, as he was also an author and a highly respected aristocrat, writing as a journalist and publishing the official biography of King Juan Carlos of Spain. You can read more about José’s fascinating life here. Continue reading “Goodbye, José; please learn by example”

the Audrey hoodie; win tickets to see an Audrey double feature!

Aspiring to be mistaken for the one and only Audrey Hepburn, but don’t want to put any effort into it? Or maybe you just really want to advertise your love for Holly Golightly? Either way, if you’re interested in wearing Audrey’s head on your head, then the Audrey Hepburn Hoodie may be right for you. It’s made exclusively through Headhoods, and is printed on American Apparel wear, so it’s sweatshop-free and American-made. Continue reading “the Audrey hoodie; win tickets to see an Audrey double feature!”

A close second

Clothing site Miss Butterfly recently held an Internet poll to determine which film dress is the most iconic. Unfortunately, Audrey came in second place with the record-breaking black column dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, being beat out by Marilyn Monroe’s equally iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch. If it’s any consolation, at least Audrey made it a close second without showing her knickers. 🙂 You can read more about the poll and its winners here. Continue reading “A close second”

Holly Golightly is a puzzle

Literally. I was out today shopping for some new board games (Cranium in particular — does a better board game exist?), and came across this lovely 1,000 piece puzzle! I haven’t been out to get any new puzzles lately, so I wasn’t looking for an Audrey one, but this one is really fantastic. A Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster that hasn’t been used to death with great use of colours, and Ravensburger makes excellent, high-quality puzzles that will last and last, so you can put Audrey Hepburn together again and again. You can order this puzzle online to be shipped to you, and their website is multilingual as well, so click here to choose the country that’s closest to you to start shopping.

Audrey Hepburn’s pink cocktail dress to be on display in Ireland?

I have only found one news source as of yet, but it looks as if the winner of the hot pink cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn during filming of Breakfast at Tiffany’s has indeed been identified, despite their request to remain anonymous. According to RTÉ.ie, the new owner of the size zero dress is Newbridge Silverware. The company purchased the dress to display in their new style museum which opens tomorrow in County Kildare.

I’m not doubting the validity of this story per se, and it would be really fantastic to have someone purchase an iconic dress that Audrey actually wore and display it for everyone to see, but I’m just a little wary because no one else is reporting this — yet, anyway. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

Audrey Hepburn’s pink cocktail dress sold for $192,000

Today was the big Christie’s auction for yet another round of Audrey Hepburn memorabilia. This time the big seller was a hot pink cocktail dress actually worn by Audrey during filming of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and sold for nearly ten times its estimated selling price of $20,000-30,000 US dollars. The winner of the dress was a European bidder who wished to remain anonymous. If you remember, the same thing happened with the black dress sold last December, and it eventually came out that it was bought by the House of Givenchy, so maybe the identity will be revealed in time. Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn’s pink cocktail dress sold for $192,000”