The last time I mentioned Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it was to note that the release date for the book was May 28th. That apparently hasn’t happened, though Amazon and Barnes and Noble still list the release date as May 2007. Well, they’ve only got two days left! Hopefully this book won’t be as delayed as late as the (lovely and cute) Taschen Icons book was last year.
Also, I apologize for the lack of regular updates recently. I’ve been overfull on work recently and just really needed some time to rest and catch up with myself. Hopefully, I’m all caught up now and can get back to some exciting Audrey news. Remember that her pink Breakfast at Tiffany’s cocktail dress goes up for auction on Wednesday! It’s bound to exceed the estimated sale price.
By now everyone must have heard about the Timeless Audrey exhibit. If you haven’t, I shall refresh your memory: it’s a traveling exhibit of memorabilia and personal items from Audrey Hepburn’s public and private life, put together in an intimate, open show where you’re close enough to actually touch certain items if you are so inclined. In fact, Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund executive director Ellen Erwin once said that people were a little too free to touch things — women would walk off with Audrey’s scarves! Anyway, this exhibit was around in New Orleans for a while, then toured Japan extensively for two years. It’s being refurbished right now and is set to tour Europe next year, and who knows where it will go next? Continue reading “Grace Kelly follows Audrey Hepburn’s footsteps”
Smoking in films has happened since, well, the invention of moving pictures. In fact, smoking is downright iconic in some films. But the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is finally changing their film rating system after years of pressure from advocacy groups. Films are rated on their content, and a stricter rating is given depending on violence, sexual content, and other mitigating factors. Now smoking will be one of them. If a film is viewed as glamorizing smoking, it will be given a harsher rating. I highly doubt they are going to retroactively rate older films, but can you imagine the rating Breakfast at Tiffany’s would get? Everyone in that film smokes like a chimney! And even Marx Brothers films would get a PG or PG-13 rating because of Groucho’s cigar. It’s a strange thought. You can read more about the MPAA’s new rules here.
Christie’s broke records and made international headlines when Audrey Hepburn’s most famous little black dress, the iconic black column dress from the opening scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, sold for an unheard of £467,200 on December 5 of last year. This year, Christie’s hopes to induce another bidding frenzy by auctioning off yet another classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress at the end of the month. The dress going up for sale on May 30 in New York is Holly’s cute little pink cocktail dress, worn in a pivotal scene in the film. Worth noting in this auction is the fact that, unlike the black dress auctioned last December, this pink dress was actually worn by Audrey in the film and possibly even afterward for publicity photos. This dress is expected to fetch between $20,000-30,000. You can read the details for yourself here on the Christie’s website (though if you somehow haven’t seen Breakfast before, please don’t read the Lot Notes at the bottom of the page because it does contain spoilers). Continue reading “Christie’s to auction off more Audrey Hepburn memorabilia”
If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area or will be this summer, then you might be interested in taking in an Audrey movie under the stars. This year’s Screen on the Green will feature Wait Until Dark on July 30. All movies will start at dusk, which AOL is estimating to be around 8:30 pm. It’s one thing to watch a scary movie in your own house, how creepy would it be to watch in the great, dark outdoors? Make sure to mark this one on your calendars! I’m fairly sure this is free, too. Continue reading “watch Audrey Hepburn under the stars”
Photographer Amy Wenzel recently did a themed photoshoot revolving around Audrey Hepburn. She wanted to recreate the immortal Breakfast at Tiffany’s photo of Audrey as Holly Golightly enjoying her breakfast actually inside Tiffany’s (see photo at left), and made a little documentary showing how this idea became a reality. She didn’t have a specific little girl in mind when she started this, but it all came together nicely in the end, and you will be very charmed by this video: Continue reading “a pint-sized Holly Golightly”
This is another offer that probably won’t be around forever, but last night I stumbled across a website that has scads of free movies and TV shows up for your viewing pleasure. While it only has one Audrey movie available right now, at least it’s a good one: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a lovely starting place for any new fan (or someone you would like to convert to an Audrey fan), or just a nice way to heal your own mean reds at any time of the day or night. Click here to see the movie, and don’t forget to watch it full sized!