an oil paint obsession with Audrey Hepburn

I’ve just found an excellent story that I’m sure everyone will love! From the North Devon Gazette comes the story of John Pollitt, an 84 year old retired metalworker who hasn’t painted in more than 50 years. A while ago he was in a video store and came across Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. Intrigued, he bought the films and watched them at home and wanted to know more about leading lady Audrey Hepburn. He then bought a book biography on her and started watching biography programs on her when they were on TV, and finally dusted off his paint supplies and started painting her. So far there are 16 portraits of Audrey, from Audrey as Holly Golightly to Audrey in her final role as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, holding a small child. You can read the full, wonderful story here, which I highly recommend.

I just love reading stories like this, don’t you?

you could be the next Eliza Doolittle

Have you ever dreamed of succeeding Audrey Hepburn in the coveted role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady? That just might be in your future soon. According to The Sun, a British tabloid, the 50 year old musical might possibly be the next in a line of recent successful reality casting shows where average Joes and Janes like you and me compete to be the lead in a big Broadway musical. (You may be familiar with “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” which was a casting show for The Sound of Music revival.) Nothing is set in stone yet, but BBC executives are also looking at Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to appear on the show. So if you’re in the UK and have absolutely no stage fright whatsoever at the thought of singing on TV in front of millions for the chance to be the next Audrey Hepburn, start warming up those vocal cords now! Read more here.

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”

another Audrey Hepburn double feature in San Francisco

The Castro Theatre in San Francisco started 2007 out right with an Audrey Hepburn double feature, and it’s continuing what it started by having yet another back-to-back Audrey double feature in July. This time they’re screening Funny Face and My Fair Lady (along with The Wizard of Oz) as part of a triple feature called “Classic Musical Fashion.” All three films will be preceded by special guest hosts, and audience members are encouraged to dress up!

Funny Face will be introduced by Jim Van Buskirk, who is labeled as a Hepburn Expert on the Castro’s website and most definitely a film expert. Continue reading “another Audrey Hepburn double feature in San Francisco”

for your viewing pleasure

Someone has posted some Audrey Hepburn goodies to You Tube! That someone would be me. 🙂 Better late than never, here are some of the birthday presents I have for you:

Audrey Hepburn in Paris, the all French interview she and husband Mel Ferrer conducted at Orly airport in France. I had posted this video before, but sadly PrinceCharmingxoxo’s account at You Tube was suspended and all of his videos were taken down. Thankfully, he either sent me his videos or told me where to go to get my own copies, so they can now be shared again! Hopefully he’ll be back soon with a new account, so you can thank him when he returns.

A solid gold sculpture of Audrey Hepburn, done by renowned artist Renato Signorini.

A fashion show, presumably using the costumes from Sauce Piquante, done by the cast. Audrey isn’t actually credited or called by name in the film, but you can definitely spot her and her elfin ears if you look. I hope she got a pay bonus for wearing that ridiculous dress, too.

Audrey and Mel Ferrer visit Utrecht, Holland, to attend the premiere of Mel’s film El Greco. Audrey receives a hero’s welcome, of course!

Last for tonight, the UK premiere of My Fair Lady receives a royal welcome with the attendance of no less than a princess!

There will be more videos coming soon, and all of the videos on You Tube will also be up on the multimedia page of the website as well.

Edit: PrinceCharmingxoxo is alive and well as the new MrNatashaRostov! So please, drop him a line thanking him for finding a lot of these wonderful videos, and encourage him to keep looking.

free Audrey Hepburn films this summer!

Free films in a park are nothing new, and I’m sure that they’ve screened Audrey Hepburn films before, but it seems that this summer a lot of her films are being screened. We’ve discussed TCM’s free screenings already, and now the Huntsville Museum in Alabama is joining in on the fun with “Classic Movies in the Park.” From June through August, the museum will screen free films to the public outside on a wall of the museum, and guests are encouraged to make a full picnic of it with lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets. My Fair Lady will be screened on Friday, July 13. For a more complete schedule, go here. And if you’re thinking of going to any of these screenings across the country, can you think of a friend or two that hasn’t seen an Audrey film? This might be the perfect opportunity to make a friend into a fan. 🙂

Audrey Hepburn film reels

PrinceCharmingxoxo from You Tube was charming enough to upload a fantastic array of British newsreel clips featuring our one and only Audrey! The clip runs at 10 minutes, and is mostly footage we haven’t seen before: Audrey at the premieres of My Fair Lady, War and Peace, and the Nun’s Story, along with footage from the Academy Awards and a very early (uncredited) appearance that you won’t believe! So watch the clip, and then drop PrinceCharming a note saying thanks for the goodies.

MTV highly suggests a remake of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

MTV.com has brought up some interesting articles on Audrey Hepburn lately, but this one irritates much more than it amuses. In “‘Deliverance’ To ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’: Movies We’d Like to See Remade,” the author suggests a few classic movies that, in his opinion, could actually benefit from a remake. Some would do well with the better quality special effects that we have available now, and others would be just plain fun to see with today’s stars (to him). The reasoning behind his idea to remake Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes the cake, though: Continue reading “MTV highly suggests a remake of Breakfast at Tiffany’s”