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.

lushclub asked: hey hey!I was just wondering what her hobbies and sports were? also food and hates and loves? major strengths and weaknesses? favorite place? and favorite character? also in your opinion what's your favorite quote of hers? thank you so much!

In terms of hobbies I know Audrey loved to garden.  In the book Enchantment by Donald Spoto, he mentions that before Audrey passed away she walked around the gardens of La Paisible pointing out to Rob and Sean which plants and trees required special care.  If you too are a fan of Audrey Hepburn and gardens, be sure to check out Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn.  I love this DVD.  The gardens they show are truly beautiful, especially the rose gardens.

In terms of sports Audrey was a fan of outdoor activities and ballet.  She studied ballet as child and continued with her training years after.  At the moment, no other sports come to mind, but I know that she enjoyed outdoor activities as oppose to indoor activities.  And I remember reading that she loved to go on walks, she enjoyed the fresh air. 

Foods that she loved: pasta and chocolate!  From the book, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, Sean writes that his mother loved vanilla ice cream with maple syrup dribbled over it; and, after her afternoon naps she would indulge in a piece of chocolate.  “She said that chocolate chased away the blues.”  Her favorite dish was spaghetti al pomodoro.  There is also a recipe for it in the book, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit. Things she didn’t like: veal, she thought it too inhumane to eat.

For major strengths and weaknesses (this is rather a subjective question and can only be answered with a subjective response) so, based on things I’ve read and heard: her major strengths were kindness, compassion and love. We know this through her endless amount of praise from friends, family and work relations, her work for UNICEF and her love of being a mother.  Her weaknesses: nerves and anxiety.  I’ve read that she smoked to keep her nerves at bay and during each movie she filmed she suffered from anxiety, especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I remember reading in Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. that she lost a considerable amount of weight from the anxiety that ensued during the filming of BAT.

Her favorite places- Audrey loved to travel and she loved visiting Paris.  Her favorite place in the world?  La Paisible, her home in Switzerland.  And, if you’ve seen pictures of La Paisible you’ll understand why.

And her favorite character? I’m not entirely sure.  I’ve read that of her movies she enjoyed watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Funny Face.  I think her worst experiences on a set were during the filmings of The Unforgiven and Paris When it Sizzles.  During the filming of The Unforgiven she fell off a horse and soon later suffered a miscarriage.  And during Paris When it Sizzles, William Holden was sent away to rehab to deal with his alcoholism.

My Favorite Audrey Quote? It’s from the movie Sabrina.

Sabrina Fairchild: Oh, but Paris isn’t for changing planes, it’s for changing your outlook! For throwing open the windows and letting in… letting in la vie en rose.

(I hadn’t anticipated on writing this much, so sorry for cluttering up everyone’s dashboard.  I hope this was sufficient. -RareAudreyHepburn)

Audrey Hepburn poses while in character as Rachel Zachary in the movie The Unforgiven.  Photograph by Inge Morath - Durango, Mexico, 1959.  

Audrey Hepburn poses while in character as Rachel Zachary in the movie The Unforgiven.  Photograph by Inge Morath - Durango, Mexico, 1959.  

Audrey Hepburn takes a knitting break during the filming of The Unforgiven.  Durango, Mexico, 1959. 

Audrey Hepburn takes a knitting break during the filming of The Unforgiven.  Durango, Mexico, 1959. 

Audrey Hepburn takes a knitting break during the filming of The Unforgiven.  Durango, Mexico, 1959. 

Audrey Hepburn takes a knitting break during the filming of The Unforgiven.  Durango, Mexico, 1959. 

Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster - Set of The Unforgiven, 1959, practicing golf. (Submitted by John)

Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster - Set of The Unforgiven, 1959, practicing golf. (Submitted by John)

RareAudreyHepburn Update

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’m back and prepared to answer all of the messages in my inbox!  I’ll be posting pictures of Audrey Hepburn during the making of The Unforgiven.  I was inspired by a RareAudreyHepburn follower (thank you, John) who sent in a great picture of Audrey Hepburn and Burt Lancaster on the set of The Unforgiven.  I hope everyone is enjoying their day! 

Also, I wanted to mention, if you have any Audrey Hepburn artwork or, really, anything Audrey related that you want to share, submit it to RareAudreyHepburn and I will be more than thrilled to post it. 

-RAH

Happy 83rd Birthday Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
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Last year’s postcard.

Happy 83rd Birthday Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

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Last year’s postcard.

RareAudreyHepburn Nostalgia

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Reposts of photographs I have uploaded in the past.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 1

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 2

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 3

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 4

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 5

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 6

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 7

Audrey Hepburn in Madrid, Spain, 1955 8

Audrey Hepburn in Madrid, Spain, 1955 9

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in Madrid, Spain, 1955 10

Audrey Hepburn circa 1955 11

Audrey Hepburn possibly at Villa Bethiana. Bürgenstock, Switzerland, circa 1954/1955. 12

Audrey Hepburn pictured at her home, Villa Bethiana. Bürgenstock, Switzerland. 13

Enjoy!

ahaveninaheartlessworld asked: Thank you for making this blog. :) I love Audrey so much that I got her face tattooed on my forearm!

You are very welcome!  I would love to see the tattoo!  If you would like you can send me and a pic and I would be very happy to post it on my site. :)

sexwithgarrusvakarian asked: I always thought that photo was from 1953, but it's probably 54 because her hair was in a bob in 57; and in a few of my Audrey books I could swear it says 54, because there's a series of photos of Audrey with Salvatore Ferragamo, when she was testing out a range of shoes. Her hair and dress are all exactly the same, and all those photos are dated 54 : ) Although, I don't actually have a solid source, only opinion.

I understand your concern and as I mentioned before I originally had it tagged as “circa 1955” because at the time I had posted it with a group of other pictures not having realized that they weren’t from the same event.  Here you can see which pictures I am referring to, the dress and hair had thrown me : Audrey and Mel in Madrid, Spain - June 1955 along with this photo Which you can see by the dress and bracelet is from the same day as the photo in question. However, this is my issue - I do not own any of these photographs and as a precaution I want to do my blog, so to speak, “by the book”. But if it would help, I can add a footnote to the photograph saying: “*This picture may in fact be from 1954 or 1955.” I’ll do my best to solve this mystery but in the meantime, if you have proof from one of your books or publications, that it is indeed from 1954, send me another telegram and I will change the date on the picture. Sorry for all the confusion.

-RareAudreyHepburn

ihideinmymusic asked: Not to seem picky or sound weird, but I was checking out some of the older photographs, and that picture cited as "Audrey Hepburn pictured at her home, Villa Bethiana. Bürgenstock, Switzerland, 1957" seems to be from 1954 or around then based on Audrey's haircut. She had a certain look around the Funny Face and Love in the Afternoon eras, and I think I've seen earlier photographs of her with a very sharp elfish haircut from around 1954 that matches that picture. Is that citation from a book?

It’s interesting you bring this up because I originally had that picture tagged “circa 1955” (because I too thought it was from that era) however I saw in a book of mine that it was dated 1957.  I thought it was an error so I googled the photograph and it seemed other sites had it dated 1957 as well so I decided to do the same.  I must admit I had my trepidations posting that picture just in case I credited it incorrectly.  If you have any proof accrediting that picture from a different year please let me know, I’ll change it immediately.

Audrey Hepburn pictured at her home, Villa Bethiana. Bürgenstock, Switzerland, 1957.

countdowntobeyonce asked: Hello! I'm in love with rareaudreyhepburn. Her work and personal life is motivational. I'm not from USA, but Audrey is so famous in my country, as well. Your blog stay on my favorite pages and I'm following you :-) xoxo

Thank you, darling! And I wholeheartedly agree. Audrey’s life inspires me daily, she reminds us that kindness and generosity can go a long way.

fiveonfifth asked: I've been reading your blog for about a year now, and it's since become one of my favourite little corners of the web, and one which I make frequent stops at. I'd like to thank you for your continued devotion to this site, it's wonderful!

Thank you ever so much! I’m always flattered when I read such kind messages from my fellow Audrey fans.  Hopefully, this blog will continue to charm my followers and spread the joy of Audrey Hepburn.

radwa-cenerentola-deactivated20 asked: Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

You’re welcome!

Audrey Hepburn at home in La Paisible with Robby Wolders, 1989.
scan by rareaudreyhepburn from the book The Audrey Hepburn Treasures.

Audrey Hepburn at home in La Paisible with Robby Wolders, 1989.

scan by rareaudreyhepburn from the book The Audrey Hepburn Treasures.