Audrey Hepburn during an interview about her new movie War and Peace, England, 1956.
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.
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.
aucun-plaisir-ici-tabarnak 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 :)
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
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.
simplyclassypreppy asked: Love love love your blog!!! And you answer always so friendly!
Aww, thank you! Audrey Hepburn fans are the friendliest bunch and inspire me constantly. I love hearing from them and am always appreciative when they leave me messages in my inbox. xoxo :)
hepburny asked: hi! i'm a newbie around here (i just started three days ago) and now, let me tell you that you're truly amazing! a long time ago before i decided to create askhepburn, you were one of a few blogs that attracted me. all these pictures are just overwhelming, i wish i was as amazing as you xx thank you for sharing all of them! :)
Hello Ask Hepburn! Great name. You are far too kind, thank you. I’m always excited to learn about new Audrey blogs and yours looks great! Following. :) xoxo
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Audrey Hepburn photographed with her husband Andrea Dotti and close friend Doris Brynner on vacation in Hydra, Greece, July 1970.