Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer leaving the chapel moments after marrying in Bürgenstock, Switzerland on September 25, 1954. (video)
faithfullyskinny asked: YOUR BLOG IS PERFECTION
Aww, thank you! I can’t imagine any blog about Audrey Hepburn not being perfect. She is the epitome of perfection. Xo
Submitted by thatweirdvintagegirl
I found another image of someone who isn’t Audrey, but is labeled as so. It seems like all these people figure any woman from the 50s with dark hair and eyes is her. :P Whoever she is, though, she’s pretty! And the dachsund is cute!
j-shortt asked: Did you see Disney's Frozen? If so, did a couple of princess's love of chocolate remind you of anyone special? ;)
I haven’t! I may be the only person who hasn’t seen Frozen. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was a reference to Audrey since Belle from Beauty and the Beast was modeled after Audrey in Roman Holiday.
ateliefloresdaprimavera asked: Lovely tumblr! I have a question: Do you think Emma Ferrer will make it big on the model industry?
Thank you! I honestly cannot say. She certainly has the height to be a model! She is lovely girl and very beautiful and it helps that she is related to fashion royalty. I think with any profession you have to have equal parts passion and drive. If she is serious about becoming a modeling she definitely has the connections and it appears that the fashion industry is already taken with her. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting way to spend your twenties than traveling the world and wearing haute couture. I wish her the very best!
c-cardinale asked: Is it true that Audrey was almost unknown when she did Roman Holiday? If so, how (or why) was she chosen to play Princess Ann - and not an already famous actress?
It’s true. At the time of Audrey’s audition for Roman Holiday she had only acted in a handful of British films. Most of her roles consisted of one or two lines with the exception of the Secret People and Monte Carlo Baby. She was also performing on Broadway for the first time as the title role in Gigi. The role of Princess Ann was intended for Jean Simmons who at the time was unavailable and couldn’t get out of her contract (I’ve read that Elizabeth Taylor was also considered). William Wyler decided to change directions with casting and wanted an unknown without an American accent for Princess Ann. It was Paramount’s London production chief Richard Mealand who recommended Audrey for the lead role. He had seen her bit-part in Laughter in Paradise and was impressed. William Wyler put Thorold Dickinson in charge of Audrey’s screen test because he had worked with Audrey previously in the Secret People. Her Roman Holiday screen test took place at Pinewood Studios in London on September 18, 1951.
"We did some scenes out of the script. Paramount also wanted to see what Audrey was actually like not acting a part, so I did an interview with her. We loaded a thousand feet of film into a camera and every foot of it went on this conversation. She talked about her experiences in the war, the Allied raid on Arnhem, and hiding out in a cellar. A deeply moving thing." Thorold Dickinson (Audrey Hepburn)
What cemented Audrey’s chances of playing the princess in Roman Holiday was what happened after Dickinson yelled “cut”. On Wyler’s instructions, he kept the cameras rolling unbeknownst to Audrey.
"First, she played the scene from the script, then you heard someone yell ‘Cut!’ but the take continued. She jumped up in bed and asked, ‘How was it? Was I any good?’ She saw that everybody was so quiet and the lights were still on. Suddenly, she realized the camera was still running and we got that reaction, too…She had everything I was looking for—charm, innocence and talent. She was also very funny. She was absolutely enchanting, and we said, ‘That’s the girl!’”. - William Wyler (Audrey Hepburn)
What memories do you hold of her?
Hubert de Givenchy: Thousands and thousands of precious memories. I feel her presence every day.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer on their wedding day in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, September 25, 1954. Audrey’s dress was designed by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain. SOURCE
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer on their wedding day in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, September 25,1954. Audrey’s dress was designed by French fashion designer Pierre Balmain.
Audrey Hepburn photographed in 1988.
"As a child I was taught that it was bad manners to draw attention to yourself and make a spectacle of yourself. I then went on to make a rather nice living doing just that—with a little help from the greatest directors, the best writers, the most fabulous stars, glorious photography, terrific scores, super clothes, and the best crews in the industry. My job was to be on time and know my lines. [Others] helped and honed, triggered and taught, pushed and pulled,…guided and nurtured a totally unknown, insecure, inexperienced, skinny broad into a marketable commodity. I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a respite from our so violent world." - Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn interviewed by William Leymergie after the Césars on the March 7, 1987, in Paris. She gave the award for best actress and best actor that night. She had been decorated by french minister of culture as a Commandeur de l’ordre des arts et des lettres the day before and a reference to the medal is made here.
In this interview we learn that Audrey’s first language was in fact French!
I was asked recently what Audrey Hepburn’s first language was and I said it was Dutch (I think most people would have made that mistake), however, it turns out it was French! A very special thank you to @__AHepburnfan__ on twitter, who solved this mystery by showing me a video of Audrey talking about how French was her first language, then Dutch, and then English. Since we’re not sure if there are copyright restrictions regarding this video, instead of posting it, I’m sharing with you a gif set of the short interview. Enjoy!
BEAUTY BEYOND BEAUTY / Preview
La Paisible, Audrey’s home in Switzerland as painted by her husband, Andrea Dotti, will be displayed for the first time in Seoul amongst other memorabilia.
Rare Audrey Hepburn Interview with Mitchell Kriegman author of Being Audrey Hepburn
Why a book about Audrey Hepburn? Where did the inspiration stem from?
Mitchell Kriegman: I’ve always admired Audrey Hepburn for her acting, sense of style and good deeds but also because of her knack of self-invention and her ability to create her own persona. I think everyone has to do this to some degree in his or her life and people who grow up in adverse circumstances more so. They call it the Pygmalion Effect or the creative transformation of self. No matter how you cut it – to become someone you want to be requires intelligence and a firm notion of who you want to be and a bit of fantasy that you can actually pull it off. People may forget that Audrey Hepburn was a star of a new era, a new kind of icon, a departure from studio-designed movie stars.
Women of every age appreciate these aspects of her style, career and persona. Everyone can recite the long list of young actresses who embody her qualities; Natalie Portman, Carrie Mulligan, Lily Collins and so on. So I thought if I’m going to write about a girl who transforms herself what better model could she have than Audrey Hepburn?
So I researched and developed this story around a girl who essentially believes the entire myth of Audrey and when she has the opportunity tries to live a fantasy life that way hiding her secret identity. Of course she eventually finds that it’s impossible and she fails but along the way she becomes somebody better. I like to say Being Audrey Hepburn is about a girl who pretends to be somebody else in order to become who she really is.
Taken as a whole – the narrative of Audrey Hepburn – her movies, her legend and real life experiences – function as a beacon of self-invention that was so thoroughly effective that no one ever says anything bad about Audrey. Very few public figures have been as successful. It’s part of Audrey’s legend as opposed to say, Marilyn Monroe. Her legend is quite different.
I also don’t think an interest in Audrey Hepburn is just gender based. Although this novel is likely to be read by and large by women, Truthfully, men could learn a lesson from Audrey Hepburn as well.
Being Audrey Hepburn: A Novel by Mitchell Kriegman
Book review by Rare Audrey Hepburn
At one time or another, every Audrey Hepburn fan has fantasized about being Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Strolling down Fifth Avenue at the crack of dawn, coffee in hand, and gazing at the jeweled untouchables in the windows of Tiffany’s. Lisbeth Wachowicz spent her entire existence imagining this seductive scenario and for one blissful evening she was able to live out her dream. Complete with the original black Givenchy gown, an imitation Jackie Kennedy tiara, and a perfected Audrey accent; Lisbeth became her idol.
“For the tiniest second in time, wearing the original Givenchy, it felt as if Audrey and I existed together, in that moment, in that dress, like stars crossing.” - Lisbeth (Being Audrey Hepburn pg.30)
Lisbeth is nineteen and living at home with her family in New Jersey. Her mother is an alcoholic whose main source of oxygen is the smoke from her always-lit cigarettes. Her older sister Courtney is the wild child of the family whose hobbies include binge drinking and wet t-shirt contests. Lisbeth’s younger brother, Ryan, is a “World of Warcrack” junkie with a penchant for getting in trouble with the authorities. However, Lisbeth is the sane one amidst her dysfunctional household. She finds solace shutting herself in her closet and watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s on her laptop.
“Tiffany’s was a state of mind, exquisitely removed from fear and panic. That’s what made it medicinal. When Holly Golightly took me on my first Tiffany’s tour, I realized that I’d finally found someone who felt what I felt.” – Lisbeth (Being Audrey Hepburn pg. 12)