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Happy Birthday, Audrey! (05/04/29)

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"The greatest victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings… I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be. But I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all."  

Happy Birthday, AUDREY HEPBURN (May 4th, 1929 - January 20th, 1993)

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"What is needed in order to really become a star is an extra element which God gives you or doesn’t give you. You’re born with it. You cannot learn it. God kissed Audrey Hepburn on the cheek and there she was." Billy Wilder

"She was the most extraordinary, natural actress.. but not even so much an actress as a person of great, great quality. Great depth, great intelligence, great human, a wonderful, wonderful lady. I treasure in my recollections of my career those six months that we spent in Rome; probably the happiest experience that I had making movies." Gregory Peck

"I’ve never seen anybody change so much in front of a camera as Audrey. In life, you’d think ‘How is she going to get through the day or even the hour?’ Her hands were shaking, she’s smoking too much, she’s worried, she’s being kind of desperately nice to everybody, she’s so fragile… But between the time she stepped in front of the camera and you said ‘Action!’, something happened. She pulled it together. A kind of strength through vulnerability - strength like an iron butterfly… The performance was true, never weak, always strong and clear. It was an amazing thing to watch, this professional completely in charge of her instrument without even thinking about it. I think it was all second nature." Peter Bogdanovich

"I have been in pictures for thirty years, and I have never had a more enthusiastic leading lady than Audrey. She puts more light and energy into her acting than anyone else I’ve ever met." Gary Cooper 

Happy 85th Birthday Audrey Kathleen Ruston aka Audrey Hepburn (May 4th, 1929 - January 20th, 1993)

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Top 15 Dress Countdown for Audrey Hepburn by ihideinmymusic

#12. Strapless Light Mustard Dress Worn for Life Magazine Editorial by Howell Conant, 1962
Designer: Givenchy
Audrey looked so beautiful in yellow and this light mustard strapless gown is such a unique look for her. If it looks familiar, that’s because Jackie Kennedy wore a pink version while in the White House. I’ve heard that the one she wore was a replication by Oleg Cassini, but if that’s not true, please inform me. To me, Jackie’s looked exactly the same, and apparently a blue and pink version were indeed made. This Givenchy dress—the original—was made of silk and features two intricate sections of embroidered trimming at the bottom of both layers, as well as pretty crystal and pearl beading symmetrically scattered upon the rest of the dress. At the top of the dress, the neckline is ruched for a flattering bust. The dress features what I presume to be a subtle train. It has a straight fit throughout so this one doesn’t focus on curves but it does create a streamlined, elegant look. Her matching hair ribbon is a charmingly welcome detail and her elbow-length white gloves complement the dress beautifully.

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Quite often I am asked what made my mother special and why today she’s still held in such high esteem for so many people around the world. For me, the first word that comes to mind is normal. Appearing in front of the world audiences for the first time as a young, fragile and totally unknown Princess Anne in Roman Holiday, people immediately empathized with her not only for her beauty or acting skills but also because something deep inside of her played out on the screen that made her believable. And believable she stayed, whether it was rushing around in a little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or holding desperate children close as her own in a Somali camp as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Working or just being a mother at home, in couture or in a pair of jeans, she managed to be this shining yet authentic Human Being and this - at least for a son - is the definition of success.
Luca Dotti
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Audrey in a publicity shot for ‘Gigi’ (1952). Photograph by Milton H. Greene.


Audrey in a publicity shot for ‘Gigi’ (1952). Photograph by Milton H. Greene.

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Negatives of Audrey Hepburn photographed by Clarence Sinclair Bull, 1958

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Audrey Hepburn, by Antony Beauchamp (1955)
Audrey Hepburn, by Antony Beauchamp (1955)