Rare Audrey Hepburn is a tumblr blog featuring rare and popular photographs of the 'S wonderful Audrey Hepburn. I do not own any of these pictures; I do my best to credit the photographers of each picture as well as providing the date the picture was taken. I encourage all to message me if you have additional information on the photographs posted. Every picture posted is a great find I've stumbled upon during my Audrey Hepburn pictorial hunt. Also, follow me at My Humble Fash and Sandra Deevoted.

barbiesfromcalifornia asked: Hello, my name is Maria, I'm a brazilian girl and I love Rare Audrey Hepburn so much! Thanks for always keep updating this Tumblr and for put all the images of Audrey, that I love! Now my question: What would Audrey Hepburn do if the guy that she love had a girfriend, but he doesn't like his girlfriend, he loves Audrey, but he can't see! What should Audrey do?! Thank you again, and I love your Tumblr :)

Aww, you are very welcome!  Having a blog is tedious work but I enjoy every second of it.  Regarding your question, it sounds a lot like something that happened to Audrey in real life!  Audrey had an affair with her co-star William Holden during the filming of Sabrina in 1953.  It’s been said that William considered Audrey Hepburn the love of his life; however, they weren’t meant to be.  During their affair William was still married to his long time wife, Brenda Marshall, with whom he had a very contentious relationship.  Audrey had every intention of marrying Bill but it didn’t work out; he had had a vasectomy and Audrey knew that she could never be happy with him if he couldn’t give her children.  I think that Audrey was a helpless romantic but she always did the right thing and stayed true to her heart.  Hopefully this answers your questions.  Thanks for the message. Xoxo

countdowntobeyonce asked: Well, actually, I already wrote to you times ago, but I have to say that your blog is one of the best I've seen so far. Audrey is more than an inspiration to all of us, and thank you for making her still alive in our hearts. And so, I'm from Brazil and she's the real meaning for DIVA. Hahaha. x

I remember you very well! I’m always happy to see you appear in my inbox. Thank you, you are always so incredibly kind and complimentary. Audrey is the best kind of Diva. Xoxo

adreyhepburn asked: I just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog, it's one of my favourites so thank you!! Also due to your recommendations book wise I've been able to add to my growing collection some great books of Audrey 😊

I’m so happy to hear it!  There are so many great books about Audrey and I try my hardest to be sincere with my recommendations.  I hope you enjoy each book as your collection continues to grow! Thank you for the lovely compliment. Xoxo

kaweichanned asked: Hi, do you know what were her favourite authors?? Thanks!!

Hello there! 

Audrey has said that one of her favorite books was The Secret Garden.

In the book What Would Audrey Do? it says that her favorite authors were: Graham Greene, Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Archer, Willa Cather, Lawrence Sanders and in her twenties she enjoyed Rudyard Kipling’s work. 

In the book Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris the author mentions that Audrey was “the original bookworm” and as a child she read Kipling, Edgar Wallace and Edward Phillips.  

Audrey Hepburn’s Favorite Books according to Amazon.

alicepleasancel asked: Hey! I’m totally in love with Audrey Hepburn’s beauty and I think that she was a fantastic human being! Your blog is wonderful and thank you for all these beautiful pictures! How/When did your passion for her started?

That’s wonderful to hear, thank you.  I have often joked that my passion for Audrey began in the womb.  I can’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t an Audrey fanatic.  As a child I would obsessively watch her films and fawn over her untouchable beauty.  As an adult my adoration for Audrey has only grown stronger.  I have a great veneration for Audrey that continues to grow the more I read and learn about her. 

Audrey Hepburn interviewed about her new film War and Peace, England, 1956.

Audrey Hepburn during an interview about her new movie War and Peace, England, 1956.

Audrey Hepburn during an interview about her new movie War and Peace, England, 1956.

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Audrey Hepburn photographed by Sergio Strizzi for the film Bloodline, Paris, March 1979.

Rare Audrey Hepburn Book Review -Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  from the very generous people at Intellect Books.  Here is my review of the book.

The book is tall and slender reminiscent of it’s theme, Audrey Hepburn.  Included in the book are well-written and insightful essays contributed by Audrey Hepburn fans and enthusiasts alike.  Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  is different from most Audrey books, it is not your typical biography but instead a book devoted to giving Audrey fans a voice.  The same fans that have spent endless hours memorizing her films, following her rules of fashion, and putting into practice Audrey’s selfless approach to life.  Each chapter has a very unique view on Audrey Hepburn’s influence on modern day culture and will resonate with many fans.
In the first chapter titled “Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformations” Lynn Hilditch studies the self-motivated and forced transformations of Audrey Hepburn’s onscreen characters.  Princess Anne in Roman Holiday is described as a self motivated transformation. Once an innocently naïve Princess “who has become tired of her role as the personification of ‘sweetness and decency’”(Lynn Hilditch) to the self-liberated young woman who chops off her hair and roams the streets of Rome with Gregory Peck on the back of his scooter.  An example of a forced metamorphosis is Jo Stockton from Funny Face.  Jo is an ordinary bookworm who, with the help of Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and the fashion team at Quality Magazines, transforms into a “bird of paradise”.   No matter the character, whether it’s Holly Golightly (formerly known as Lula Mae) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, turned proper English lady in My Fair Lady; each character is reflective of a contemporary Cinderella.  The story of Cinderella isn’t too dissimilar to that of Audrey Hepburn’s own life story. As a young girl from a war torn country, Audrey Hepburn is transformed into a film legend with legions of adoring fans.  Audrey’s own life could be considered a fairy tale and if there is one thing that Audrey loves it’s a good fairy tale: 

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.”  Audrey Hepburn

The chapter “Audrey is a Hep Cat Now” explores Audrey Hepburn’s “kittenish ways” (Jacqui Miller) describing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster as “[representing] the duality of Audrey’s ‘class’ and Holly’s deviance by fusing haute couture with an alley cat,” (Jacqui Miller).  While another essay (“Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’?”) justifies that no matter the film or on-screen role, Audrey Hepburn “retains her ‘essence’, a certain Audrey-ness” exemplified in “her voice, her posture; and her playfulness.” (Esperanza Miyake)

“Audrey’s voice has always been rich with poignancy for me, a quiet yet lively sound tinged with a taste of sadness.” Esperanza Miyake

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn  is the latest installment in Intellect Book’s Fan Phenomena series.  Unlike other books about the charming actress, Fan Pheomena gives the reader the opportunity to hear from the voices that reflect our own, the fans, the real life “Hepburnites”. It’s a fun read with a twist that allows Audrey fans to see through the eyes of one another. 

Rare Audrey Hepburn Book Review -Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn (Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena)

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn from the very generous people at Intellect Books.  Here is my review of the book.

The book is tall and slender reminiscent of it’s theme, Audrey Hepburn.  Included in the book are well-written and insightful essays contributed by Audrey Hepburn fans and enthusiasts alike.  Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is different from most Audrey books, it is not your typical biography but instead a book devoted to giving Audrey fans a voice.  The same fans that have spent endless hours memorizing her films, following her rules of fashion, and putting into practice Audrey’s selfless approach to life.  Each chapter has a very unique view on Audrey Hepburn’s influence on modern day culture and will resonate with many fans.

In the first chapter titled “Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformations” Lynn Hilditch studies the self-motivated and forced transformations of Audrey Hepburn’s onscreen characters.  Princess Anne in Roman Holiday is described as a self motivated transformation. Once an innocently naïve Princess “who has become tired of her role as the personification of ‘sweetness and decency’”(Lynn Hilditch) to the self-liberated young woman who chops off her hair and roams the streets of Rome with Gregory Peck on the back of his scooter.  An example of a forced metamorphosis is Jo Stockton from Funny Face.  Jo is an ordinary bookworm who, with the help of Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) and the fashion team at Quality Magazines, transforms into a “bird of paradise”.   No matter the character, whether it’s Holly Golightly (formerly known as Lula Mae) in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or the flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, turned proper English lady in My Fair Lady; each character is reflective of a contemporary Cinderella.  The story of Cinderella isn’t too dissimilar to that of Audrey Hepburn’s own life story. As a young girl from a war torn country, Audrey Hepburn is transformed into a film legend with legions of adoring fans.  Audrey’s own life could be considered a fairy tale and if there is one thing that Audrey loves it’s a good fairy tale:

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.”  Audrey Hepburn

The chapter “Audrey is a Hep Cat Now” explores Audrey Hepburn’s “kittenish ways” (Jacqui Miller) describing the Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster as “[representing] the duality of Audrey’s ‘class’ and Holly’s deviance by fusing haute couture with an alley cat,” (Jacqui Miller).  While another essay (“Why is Hepburn so ‘Audrey’?”) justifies that no matter the film or on-screen role, Audrey Hepburn “retains her ‘essence’, a certain Audrey-ness” exemplified in “her voice, her posture; and her playfulness.” (Esperanza Miyake)

“Audrey’s voice has always been rich with poignancy for me, a quiet yet lively sound tinged with a taste of sadness.” Esperanza Miyake

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn is the latest installment in Intellect Book’s Fan Phenomena series.  Unlike other books about the charming actress, Fan Pheomena gives the reader the opportunity to hear from the voices that reflect our own, the fans, the real life “Hepburnites”. It’s a fun read with a twist that allows Audrey fans to see through the eyes of one another. 

Audrey Hepburn May 2013 Vanity Fair Cover  (photoshopped without text - twitter request @rareaudrey) 

Audrey Hepburn May 2013 Vanity Fair Cover (photoshopped without text - twitter request @rareaudrey

A pregnant Audrey Hepburn with her husband Mel Ferrer on vacation in Antibes, France, May 1960.

tabarnak-de-calice asked: I cut my bangs like Audrey's and I'm supper happy! She is is a beaty inspiration <3

Haha, I love it!  I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t done that before. :) 

alejandraisback asked: What audrey biography do you like the most? I just bought one and I'm excited to start reading it :)

I’ve enjoyed:

Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.  This is a wonderful book and very heartwarming.  It’s a loving look into the life of Audrey written by her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, and it’s a must read for every Audrey fan!

Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris A very detailed and concise biography of Audrey’s life.

Audrey: Her real story. By Alexander Walker.  Another very good biography.

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn. by Donald Spoto. I’d add this to your list, too.  Really, you can never have too many Audrey bios.

Audrey Style. By Pamela Clarke Keogh. This book delves into Audrey’s life and her fashions.  It’s a fun and insightful read and as a lot of great pictures.)

Submitted by Vivian: “Hi, it’s Vivian again! I wanted to ask if you had any rare pictures of Audrey during her pregnancy, because there are very few photos of her while she was pregnant. If you have any please do post ‘em. :)
Thank you very much for your time. Have a pleasant day! :)”

Hi Vivian! Lovely to hear from you again.  I do have pictures of Audrey while pregnant, let me put together a post for you but in the meantime here are a couple I’ve posted in the past. Xoxo

A pregnant Audrey Hepburn arrives home to Bürgenstock, Switzerland after visiting Nice, France, 1960.

A pregnant Audrey Hepburn in Nice, France, 1960.

tortoise-taught-us asked: Hi, I absolutely adore your blog! <3 You probably already know about the photographer Bob Willoughby, but he has a set on flickr of Audrey with quite a few photos I had never seen before of her. I thought I'd let you know since you might be interested. (: Have a lovely day!

Hello there!  Thank you so much for the truly thoughtful compliment.  I have seen his flickr account and it is stupendous.  He took incredible pictures of Audrey throughout her career and was always able to capture that sparkle in her eye.  Thank you for thinking of me, I’m very flattered. Xoxo

For anyone reading this I would definitely recommend the book Bob Willoughby: Audrey Hepburn.  It’s a large coffee table book filled with wonderful colored pictures of Audrey Hepburn taken by Bob.