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.

vloneslim asked: Hey there love the blog:)!!! I was wondering if you by any chance know who made the white oval sunglasses audrey wore.

 

The sunglasses Audrey wore in How to Steal a Million were by Oliver Goldsmith, the same designer responsible for her oversized sunglasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

bubbles-and-champagne asked: Hi ! I wanted to know where did the Moon River scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's was shot? Was it in NYC or in studios ? Thank you :) I hope you'll know ;)

The shot of Audrey singing “Moon River” on the fire escape was filmed on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. Most of the exterior shots were filmed in New York City.  On the Set of New York has pictures of the real NYC locations used in the film.

Hey! I love Audrey Hepburn too, so I created this makeup look based off the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’. If you like my video, feel free to share it with your followers. Much love,xx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IzCoBCKDnM

Audrey Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, photographed by Richard Avedon’s grandson, Michael Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar’s September 2014 issue. For more pictures and the full interview visit Harper’s Bazaar site.

EMMA FERRER OPENS UP
Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, steps into the spotlight and opens up to BAZAAR. Plus, see her fashion shoot shot by Richard Avedon’s grandson, Michael Avedon, here.
The first images I have of her are, interestingly enough, when she was quite young,” Emma Ferrer says of her paternal grandmother, Audrey Hepburn. “I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline—I believe this was before I understood that she was famous. But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had.”
Of course, Audrey Hepburn—or simply Audrey, as she will forever be known—has always been a luminous presence: She was a brilliant actress, a timeless style icon, and a tireless crusader for the world’s underprivileged children as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She was also a devoted mother who put aside her career at its peak to raise her two sons, Sean Ferrer, whose father was Audrey’s first husband, the actor Mel Ferrer, and Luca Dotti, from her second marriage (to the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti).
One thing that Audrey never had the chance to do, though, was enjoy the experience of being a grandmother. In late 1992, she fell ill during a UNICEF trip to Somalia and died a few months later, in January 1993, of a rare form of abdominal cancer.
Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey’s first grandchild, was born in Switzerland in May of the following year to Sean and his then wife, Leila. Now 20, Emma is the eldest of Sean’s three children and spent most of her adolescence in and around Florence, Italy, where Sean, who runs an agency that deals with intellectual property and is also a filmmaker and keeper of the Audrey flame, lives outside the city. (Luca, his wife, and their daughters occupy his mother’s former apartment in Rome.)
"Muse" is an overused word these days, but that’s exactly what Audrey was for the legendary photographer Richard Avedon. She was, in a word, his inspiration, and their interaction played out over a number of years in the 1950s in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar. Avedon photographed Audrey on the streets of Paris, in fashion stories, and several times as a cover subject for the magazine. Even though he worked with some of the biggest models of all time—Suzy Parker, Dorian Leigh, Carmen Dell’Orefice—he was completely enamored with Audrey as a subject, and she loved sitting for him. (FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW - CONTINUE READING AT HARPER’S BAZAAR)

EMMA FERRER OPENS UP

Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, steps into the spotlight and opens up to BAZAAR. Plus, see her fashion shoot shot by Richard Avedon’s grandson, Michael Avedon, here.

The first images I have of her are, interestingly enough, when she was quite young,” Emma Ferrer says of her paternal grandmother, Audrey Hepburn. “I remember seeing a photo of her jumping on a trampoline—I believe this was before I understood that she was famous. But I remember thinking that she looked like a friend I wish I could have had.”

Of course, Audrey Hepburn—or simply Audrey, as she will forever be known—has always been a luminous presence: She was a brilliant actress, a timeless style icon, and a tireless crusader for the world’s underprivileged children as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She was also a devoted mother who put aside her career at its peak to raise her two sons, Sean Ferrer, whose father was Audrey’s first husband, the actor Mel Ferrer, and Luca Dotti, from her second marriage (to the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti).

One thing that Audrey never had the chance to do, though, was enjoy the experience of being a grandmother. In late 1992, she fell ill during a UNICEF trip to Somalia and died a few months later, in January 1993, of a rare form of abdominal cancer.

Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey’s first grandchild, was born in Switzerland in May of the following year to Sean and his then wife, Leila. Now 20, Emma is the eldest of Sean’s three children and spent most of her adolescence in and around Florence, Italy, where Sean, who runs an agency that deals with intellectual property and is also a filmmaker and keeper of the Audrey flame, lives outside the city. (Luca, his wife, and their daughters occupy his mother’s former apartment in Rome.)

"Muse" is an overused word these days, but that’s exactly what Audrey was for the legendary photographer Richard Avedon. She was, in a word, his inspiration, and their interaction played out over a number of years in the 1950s in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar. Avedon photographed Audrey on the streets of Paris, in fashion stories, and several times as a cover subject for the magazine. Even though he worked with some of the biggest models of all time—Suzy Parker, Dorian Leigh, Carmen Dell’Orefice—he was completely enamored with Audrey as a subject, and she loved sitting for him. (FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW - CONTINUE READING AT HARPER’S BAZAAR)

Audrey Hepburn during the production of The Unforgiven, Durango, Mexico, 1960.

Audrey Hepburn on My Fair Lady

The actress describes how she developed a Cockney accent for her 1964 movie musical. A day before the film opens in Toronto, CBC Radio’s Elwood Glover talks with its star, actress Audrey Hepburn, about how she prepared for the role of the working-class flower girl Eliza Doolittle. In this clip, Hepburn says she developed the Cockney accent - which was too strong at first - all on her own.

Another great, rare interview with Audrey!  She talks about conquering the cockney accent, the challenges of singing, whether she’ll do another broadway show again, and life at home in Switzerland. 

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Howell Conant at a farm near her house in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, February 1962. The pictures were used in a fashion editorial titled “Audrey Stars in Givenchy Styles” for LIFE Magazine’s May 1962 issue.

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Howell Conant at a farm near her house in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, February 1962. The pictures were used in a fashion editorial titled “Audrey Stars in Givenchy Styles” for LIFE Magazine’s May 1962 issue.

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Howell Conant at a farm near her house in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, February 1962. The pictures were used in a fashion editorial titled “Audrey Stars in Givenchy Styles” for LIFE Magazine’s May 1962 issue.

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haveafeyntasticday asked: Hi! I love this blog so much. And I obviously love Audrey with all of my heart. I was wondering if you knew what music she listened to. It's something I've always wanted to know but I've not found anything about that. Thank you so much!

Audrey enjoyed jazz.  A woman after my own heart.  

"I like jazz best now.  It makes me want to move.  But I was stiff as a poker as a jazz dancer, always off beat on the simplest syncopation.  That was all gradually broken down.  I’m so lucky to be married to Mel Ferrer, who is such a good dancer and adores jazz." - Audrey Hepburn, 1956.

During the production of Sabrina Audrey said her biggest joy was “to unlock my door and find the new record that the store down the street delivered during the afternoon.  I get into old, soft, comfy clothes and then I play the new music while I cook.”  She enjoyed listening to Benny Goodman, Mel Powell and Jerry Mulligan. (Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris.)

I asked Luca Dotti this same question and his response was:

“I have to admit that neither of my parents were huge music fans. Mum loved all the classic romantic crooners like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and … Julio Iglesias.” - Luca Dotti

evenmoresarcasm asked: Am I understanding correctly that you are in contact with Luca Dotti? That's very cool if so!

Luca has been very kind by helping me answer questions about his mother that I am unable to answer on my own.  I’m incredibly grateful to him for his generosity. 

voguebeautyx asked: I love your blog sooo much!!

Thank you! This makes me very happy. Xo

unconventionashley asked: Hi there! Do you know anything about Audrey's relationship with Mel's children from his previous marriages? Also, I want to say that I'm a great fan of your blog; you're always so articulate and helpful! :)

Thank you! I must admit, I’m very flattered by your thoughtful compliments.  So often I feel inarticulate, so this made me very happy!   As far as I know, Audrey got on well with Mel’s children from his previous marriages.  They were in attendance at their wedding in 1954 and at Sean’s christening in 1960.  I’ve read that they spent Holidays together, too.  

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Mel Ferrer’s four children from three previous marriages (and two previous wives) visit him and his then wife Audrey Hepburn in 1957. Mark can be seen far right, next to his half brother Chirstopher, half sister Mela and sister Pepa (in front of Audrey).  (source)

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On the right Pepa and Mark (far left) attend the christening of their new half brother - three-month-old Sean Hepburn Ferrer, being carried by his nanny. Mel Ferrer and Audrey Hepburn (both in white) can be seen behind them greeting another guest. The event was held in September 1960. (source)

sabrinafairchildmne asked: Hi! I am huge Audrey fan and I wanted to say that your blog is amazing and I truly appreciate all the photos and informations you put here. I have one question: I was wondering who were Audrey's closest friends (celebrities or has she any long lasting friendships from childhood)? I saw on your blog that Yul Brynner second wife, Doris, was one of them?

Thank you!  I truly appreciate the encouraging and heartfelt messages I receive in my inbox.  They always brighten my day.  Great question! Audrey’s closest friends were Doris Kleiner (Brynner) and Connie Wald (wife of producer Jerry Wald).  She remained life long friends with Gregory Peck (who was also responsible for introducing Audrey to her first husband, Mel Ferrer), Billy Wilder, his wife Audrey Wilder, and Audrey’s agent Kurt Frings.  Another one of Audrey’s celebrity friends was actress Capucine; they remained very good friends up until Capucine’s unfortunate death in 1990.  She was also dear friends with Arabella Ungaro and Laura Alberti, whom she called her “Roman Connie [Wald]”. And of course, Hubert de Givenchy.  He and Audrey were life long friends as well as muse and designer. 

"We became close friends right away.  Nothing happened in my life without [Audrey] knowing about it or in her life without my knowing about it.  Soul mates.  It only happens once in a lifetime.  Audrey really cared and really listened.  Most people don’t.  If you really listen, it’s because you really care.  I don’t listen to half of what I hear—but Audrey did." - Doris Kleiner (Brynner)