September 2, 1959: Audrey Hepburn arrives at the premiere of her new movie The Nun’s Story at the Zurich Cinema in Switzerland.
Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn
The satirical American newspaper the Onion recently ran a story with the headline “College-Aged Female Finds Unlikely Kindred Spirit In Audrey Hepburn,” lampooning modern American girls’ continued fascination with the star (along with their habits of hanging posters of Breakfast At Tiffany’s in their dorm rooms).
What gives this slight starlet such staying power? A talented actress, an icon of fashion, a loving mother, and an active humanitarian, Hepburn remains one of the world’s most beloved women even two decades after her death. Ranked as the third greatest screen star of all time by the American Film Institute, she possessed grace and beauty that still enchant us today. The winner of the 1953 Academy Award for her role as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, she received further Academy Award nominations for Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Wait Until Dark. Her timeless, iconic style, both on and off screen, has long been admired, and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class, and elegance.
Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburn’s star persona, exploring her journey from ingénue to UNICEF ambassador. The book looks at her iconographic relationship with female culture and fashion and situates Breakfast at Tiffany’s alongside the works of Edith Wharton and Sex and the City.
Full title: Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn
Author: Jacqui Miller
Price: £15.50 | $22
Published by: Intellect | Publication: April 2014
Territory: World | Readership: General/Trade/Academic
highheel63 asked: Do you know where Audrey gets her clothes? Such as day clothes? I know she was big on Givenchy,but those seem like awards and film clothes. Thank you. :-)
Audrey wore Givenchy on set and in her daily life. (Lucky girl!) The Fashion of Audrey is a wonderful blog completely devoted to Audrey’s wardrobe. There you can find out which designers Audrey wore and the year and seasons the items were made/presented. TFoA is very detailed and showcases her everyday apparel, her red carpet ensembles, and even her wedding dresses (from both occasions!). I’d definitely recommend this blog. Thank you for the message, I hope I was able to help. xoxo
Audrey Hepburn photographed fixing the bow on her dog, Mr. Famous, while in her dressing room on the set of Green Mansions, 1958.
Audrey Hepburn photographed with Mr. Famous at the Hotel Hasslerin Rome, Italy, April 1958.
strangefacesuniverse asked: Your blog is so amazing. I've been following it for about a year but I only just joined tumblr. I'm a huge Audrey fan, I thought I'd seen every photo of her but then I stumbled upon your blog and it proved me wrong!
Thank you, dear. That is truly very sweet of you and this message made my day all the more brighter. Welcome to tumblr! :) xo
Audrey Hepburn and director William Wyler filming a scene from How to Steal a Million, Paris, France, 1965.
Audrey Hepburn during the filming of How to Steal a Million, 1965.
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole filming How to Steal a Million in Paris, France, 1965.
Audrey Hepburn and director William Wyler photographed by Terry O’Neill in Paris, France during the production of How to Steal a Million, 1965.
Exhibition of unseen photographs of Hollywood Stars, including Audrey Hepburn and Peter Sellers.
George Douglas: Audrey Hepburn backstage preparing for her Broadway role in Gigi.
A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s/50s/60s, many of which have never been seen before, will be going on show in Brighton in May as part of the Artist Open Houses festival, which sees over 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists and makers over the four weekends of May.
The exhibition includes pictures of Gary Cooper, President Harry Truman, Audrey Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde and Peter Sellers along with stills from the set of The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’. Alongside the celebrity images are many others, which give fascinating social and historical record of the period - including the Queen’s rat-catcher and Britain’s first female chimney sweep.
The archive belongs to Brighton based photographer George Douglas, who worked for many years at Picture Post and Life magazine amongst other publications. George died in 2010, leaving an enormous and diverse archive to his good friend and fellow Brighton based photographer Roger Bamber. Bamber discovered thousands of negatives in a dilapidated filing cabinet when he inherited George’s house in Silwood Road. George had bought the house back in 1964 and though he spent much time in California, he still spent his summers in Brighton and retired to live in the house full time in 2007 until his death in 2010. 2014 marks the 50th consecutive year that Silwood Road has been lived in by a photographer.
Audrey Hepburn backstage preparing for her Broadway role in Gigi, c. 1951. Photograph by George Douglas.
[George Douglas] fell “more than a little in love” with Audrey Hepburn when he spent a fortnight photographing her in New York as she prepared for the Broadway production of Gigi and became friends with the novelist Paul Gallico and the actor Peter Sellers.
leabricots asked: Your tumblr is perfect. I just discovered it and I think this is my favorite one about Audrey Hepburn .. Thank you so much & nice to meet you ! :)
Thank you! That is kind of you to say. Lovely to meet you too. :)
romakisses asked: I love your Audrey Hepburn page. I'm in love with her work & I just want to say 'thank you'. Thank you for posting-such amazing photos of her..
Thank you! Also, you’re very welcome. I’m very grateful to have this blog and be able to connect with other Audrey fans. :)