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crackersandme asked: Hey, I LOVE your blog. I'm a big fan of Audrey, and I'm also a lesbian (I discovered I loved her from watching The Children's Hour). I think that movie is so brave in what it dealt with during the 60s. But, because of it's subject matter, there's hardly any information about it. Do you happen to know how Audrey felt about that movie, like any interviews or behind the scenes looks? Also, similarly, how she felt about gay people? It's hard to find online. Thank you :)
Thank you!!! The Children’s Hour is a powerful movie and no matter how many times I watch it I’m always a mess by the end. Shirley and Audrey gave strong, and like you said, brave performances. Audrey in the beginning was enthusiastic about filming The Children’s Hour, but the emotional tone and long days took a toll on her. It was very important that Sean and Mr. Famous (her Yorkshire Terrier) were on set with her every day to help improve her mood.
“It was not in Audrey’s character to complain, but the emotional content of the script and the slow pace were taking a toll on everyone. This was when Jim Garner was at his best. he had an off-the-wall humor, and when things got especially grim he would say something funny to break everyone up and literally save the day.” - Bob Willoughby
Audrey and Shirley were both disappointed that in the final version of the film many scenes showing the relationship between their two characters ended up on the cutting room floor.
“In the play, scenes were developed so that you could see Martha falling in love with Karen [but Wyler] thought they’d be too much for Middle America to take. I thought he was wrong, and I told him so, and Audrey was right behind me. But he was the director, and there was nothing we could do…" - Shirley MacLaine
Concerning your last question, so many of Audrey’s good friends and co-workers were gay. Hubert de Givenchy (?), Anthony Perkins, Cecil Beaton, George Cukor, and I’m sure the list goes on. I don’t think Audrey ever judged or criticized anyone based on their sexuality or personal preferences.
Edit: I nearly forgot! Here is a picture of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor at a charity dinner for “Art against AIDS” in Basel, Switzerland. Liz was a good friend of Audrey’s and was a major player in the fight against AIDS and the rights of the LBGT community.
fight-back-youcoward asked: So Sorry about the last question (friend driving that one). I'll pick the right name for Audrey's husband- Mel! Did Mel love Audrey? Did Audrey love Mel? I like to think they were in love :)
Haha, not a problem! I must say, your first message had me perplexed…I couldn’t figure out who this mysterious “Sid” was. :) I agree with you, I do believe that they loved each other. Marriages are tricky and people do grow apart as well as change over time. I’m sure they loved one another very much when they first married. Audrey was enamored by Mel. He was tall, handsome (in her opinion), assertive, and worldly. Audrey was very honest about the affect of her father’s absence in her life and in Mel, she found a surrogate father. I can’t imagine anyone not being swept away with Audrey’s natural charm, grace, and beauty, and Mel certainly was hypnotized by the young actress. In my opinion (and I must reiterate that this is my opinion because naturally I did not know either person and I can only base my personal feelings on things that I have read and heard) I believe that Mel was looking for a partner not just in life but onscreen. Audrey was the perfect Vivien to his Olivier. Technically, they should have been a more successful partnership, Mel was very good behind the scenes and Audrey was perfectly suited onscreen, but their projects never received acclaim from the critics or success at the box offices. It’s well stated, by Mel himself, that he was envious of Audrey’s fame and that it was difficult being Mr. Hepburn. Eventually, their marriage dissolved but they did have a few good collaborations and Mel was very influential in some of Audrey’s movie choices. More importantly, Audrey had her first child with Mel, Sean Hepburn Ferrer; and, as we all know so well, the one thing Audrey loved most in the world were her two sons. So, in short, yes. :)
uptownqt asked: When and on which occasion did Frank Sinatra and Audrey meet?
I’m not certain the date of their first encounter but there are several pictures and videos of them together in 1955. Here they are meeting Prince Albert at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, 1955. And again at a dinner given by Paramount for Prince Albert of Belgium on the same day. Now, I’m not sure where they are in this last photograph but here is Audrey and Frank pictured together, again, in 1955.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by John Engstead during the production of Roman Holiday, 1953.
Personal note: These are two of my favorite Audrey pictures.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer at London Airport, 1956.
Mistakenly, I left out two more Audrey titles that will be shown on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars. Into the wee hours of August 23rd, they will show My Fair Lady at 1am EST and Robin and Marian at 4am EST. The two films have been added to the original post. If you reblogged my post from yesterday, be sure to update it so that you don’t miss out!
Video: Actress Audrey Hepburn addresses the National Press Club in October 1989.
TCM SUMMER UNDER THE STARS - Friday 8/22 - Audrey Hepburn
6am EST Laughter in Paradise
8am EST The Lavender Hill Mob
9:30am EST The Secret People
11:30am EST Love in the Afternoon
2pm EST Green Mansions
4pm EST The Children’s Hour
6pm EST Wait Until Dark
8pm EST Roman Holiday
10pm EST The Nun’s Story
1am EST My Fair Lady
4am EST Robin and Marian
I am especially excited to see The Secret People. This will be my first time seeing it on television.
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Cecil Beaton’s brutally honest opinions of the stars he photographed revealed
On Audrey Hepburn:
“Her stance is a combination of an ultra-fashion plate and a ballet dancer. Her features show character rather than prettiness.”
“Her voice is peculiarly personal, with its unaccustomed rhythm and sing-song cadence that develops into a flat drawl that ends in a childlike query. It has a quality of heartbreak.”
“Intelligent and alert, wistful but enthusiastic, frank yet tactful, assured without conceit and tender without sentimentality.”(source)
Photographs: Cecil Beaton and Audrey Hepburn together on set of My Fair Lady, 1963. Cecil created Audrey’s costumes for the film and photographed her modeling his designs all throughout the production of My Fair Lady.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Elio Sorci on her way to a masquerade ball at a night club in Rome, February 1968. The woman sitting next to Audrey is Lorian Franchetti Gaetani.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Elio Sorci after a masquerade at a night club in Rome (Italy), in February 1968.
Audrey was wearing:
- Coat: Givenchy (of black velvet with buttons of black acrylic covered with small crystals, of his haute couture collection for the Autumn/Winter 1967/68).
- Dress (inside): Pierre Cardin Boutique Paris (of lurex, silver and golden, of the collection for the Autumn/Winter 1967/68).
- Handbag: Givenchy (lined with silver lame, of his haute couture collection for the Spring/Summer of 1967).
The same model of her coat: http://thefashionofaudrey.tumblr.com/post/93994044893/givenchy-paris-coat-of-black-velvet-with
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Araldo di Crollalanza in Rome, c. 1971.