Frequently there are mentions of Audrey Hepburn in the press.
More often than not, she is praised for her humanitarian efforts, style, or poise.
Collected here are excerpts of press clippings about Audrey Hepburn.
Natalie Portman Wears Audrey Hepburn’s Dress
Natalie Portman wears the iconic black column dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the “Secrets of Stylish Women” November 2006 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands Oct. 20.
Natalie (often called the modern-day Hepburn) channels Holly Golightly by showing off the back of the dress, which was designed by Givenchy. Pearls are draped around her neck. Her hair, set with a black headband, is swept up into a stylish updo in an update of Golightly’s signature beehive.
Natalie, 25, on wearing Audrey Hepburn’s dress: “I did feel very elegant suddenly. I mean, you can’t possibly measure up to Audrey Hepburn; there’s no comparison. But the elegance that she exuded was transmitted to the dress, you know, the feeling, the emotion of it… I was so nervous that I wasn’t going to fit. Everyone kept telling me how small it was, and I’m not the type who can starve myself. I’m small, but it’s not like I’m see-through.”
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Carrie Spritzer of 'A Tribute to Audrey Hepburn' Quoted in Denver Post Article!
Would this woman shop at The Gap?
The Gap could hire just about anybody to sell its clothes, but this season it searched far beyond all of contemporary Hollywood. They retreated nearly half a century ... to Audrey Hepburn.
The clothing retailer is using the deceased Hepburn and her look from the 1957 movie "Funny Face," specifically, to plug its new line of skinny, black pants, and it's possible that in Hepburn they have found the single best person in human history to convey the extraordinary cool of skinny, black pants.
She wears skinny, black pants with such effortless perfection that any sentient being, anywhere, who bears witness to Hepburn's sanctification of the look, would surely covet it.
We'll get to the ad itself, but first the obvious question: Couldn't the ad people find somebody alive to shill for their pants? Some trendy Sarah Jessica Parker type, or an ultra-cool Lenny Kravitz knockoff, to name two of the famous faces that appeared in previous ads?
And now, the obvious answer: They just don't make them like Audrey Hepburn anymore.
Thanks to the celebrity gossip mill, which everyone seems to disdain - and everyone seems captivated by - today's Hollywood giants are inevitably downsized, with every detail of their lives, from minor weight gain to ugly divorce, exposed to public scrutiny. Those who don't come off as vulgar end up appearing failingly human.
So, going for polish? You've got to tap historical figures.
Good answer, but too simple. Let's discuss.
There is something to the claim that they don't make them like Audrey Hepburn anymore.
She was born in Belgium to an aristocratic family, attended boarding school in England, and then after her parents divorced, lived in The Netherlands under Nazi occupation, where she danced ballet to raise money for the anti-Nazi underground movement and suffered from malnutrition.
After the war she continued dancing, tried acting, excelled, landed movie roles and got her first starring gig opposite Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday."
She rocketed from there to international fame, a bright star that never fell, capping her long career with a deep dedication to helping suffering children around the world. Her ability to speak English, French, Italian, Dutch/Flemish and Spanish aided this international humanitarian effort and her image.
Do they make 'em like that today? Well yes, they do, all over the world talented women endure hardships and triumph in grand form, but they generally aren't elbowing their way up the Hollywood ladder and establishing themselves as enviable starlets.
And even if they did, would they land at the top of the heap as clean and classy as Audrey Hepburn? Would Hepburn herself arrive at the pinnacle unscathed today?
With Us Weekly and Entertainment Tonight and Jossip.com tracking her every visit to a deli for a pack of cigarettes, theorizing about her various hair styles, dissecting her two divorces?
It's not a stretch to conclude that no, nobody can enter Hollwood today, rise, succeed, and stand flawless. Even Audrey Hepburn, for goodness sake, would emerge from the gauntlet tattered and tawdry, just another Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, or Angelina Jolie, all tainted - right or wrong - by the relentless interpretation of their everyday lives as scandal.
The good news is that Hepburn wasn't forced to trudge through that tunnel of humiliation, and so we have Audrey Hepburn the immaculate icon, a jeweled vessel of mischevious grace, of spunk and smarts and a style exhilarant with confidence and dash.
She's like a pure form, like a primary color of class - perfect, it turns out, for corporate image crafting.
In the brilliant Gap ad, she dances to AC/DC's rock'n'roll anthem "Back in Black," first in a smoky bar - a mash-up of a clip from "Funny Face" with the song - then alone on the screen, all the while in skinny black pants and a black turtleneck and black loafers, her dark hair pulled up in a perky ponytail.
"I rather feel like expressing myself now," she says in the ad, pronouncing rather as "rahther."
"If a girl wants to dance, a girl wants to dance. It's nothing more than a form of expression, a release."
Fans mixed on ad
And so she expresses herself in service to The Gap, only the woman herself has nothing to do with the sales pitch.
For old hands at the Hepburn phenomenon, she's long been a sun around which they orbit, a goal to which they aspire. Her website-maintaining, YouTube-posting fanatics are split about The Gap ad. Some find it crass, antithetical to Hepburn's spirit. Others, like former Boulderite Carrie Spritzer, who has an ambitious Hepburn website, say it's OK.
"If it takes a little bit of advertising to raise awareness about her (even if it makes us cringe), then I'm all for that because she deserves our attention," she wrote in an e-mail.
She's getting it. Let's hope the attention doesn't pluck Hepburn from the firmament and cast her down to earth - a confusion of The Gap and "Breakfast at Tiffany's," a cute slogan, a fallen star.
Everyone Loves Audrey: Her Style and Sensibilities Continue Their Influence 50 Years After Her Stardom
From big sunglasses to her ubiquitous skinny black pants, Hepburn's look is back.
Donald Spoto talks about the so-called "Audrey effect" in his new biography, "Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn."
Spoto says the starlet's combination of vulnerability and vivacity makes her so enduring. New audiences have been exposed to Hepburn's glamour thanks to Gap ads featuring her dance from the movie "Funny Face" — reset to the AC/DC song "Back in Black."
According to Spoto, "Funny Face" was a turning point in Hepburn's career.
"She realized in that film what had been her ambition as a child and teenager, which was to be a ballet dancer," Spoto said.
Sadly, because of malnutrition and illness she suffered during World War II, she wasn't able to realize her dream.
As fans of Hepburn know, she nevertheless went on to have a fulfilling career, all the while turning heads with her signature looks. In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Hepburn said her style was attainable to everyone.
"They can look like Audrey Hepburn if they want to by cutting off their hair, by buying the large glasses, by having the little sleeveless dresses," she said.
Spoto said Hepburn created a name and look for herself by standing out in the crowd of 1950s starlets.
"In the '50s, of course … it was the era of kind of opulent sexuality," he said. "It was Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield. Along came Audrey Hepburn, who was just enough different to appeal to both men and women."
Humanitarian and Style Icon
Late in life, Hepburn devoted herself to humanitarian work — long before stars like Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie made it popular.
"We have to give Audrey Hepburn high marks for spending the last six years of her life going into dangerous situations worldwide to try to help starving children in war-torn countries with no thought of her own safety," Spoto said.
"She went and did something for the world. She made a difference. She made the world a better place."
Indeed, decades later, the world is still feeling the "Audrey effect."
To view a clip of this interview, visit the ABC News webpage.
The dress emerges as a strong trend for spring 2007 at designer previews at N.Y. Fashion week
Shoppers will have their pick of dress silhouettes, since so many versions have been offered, including shifts, sacks, wraps, sundresses and halters.
Other things that have caught Julian's eye are trench and trapeze coats, blouses, walking shorts, miniskirts and even bold distinctive accessories.
"The checklist? The chemise, the cropped boxy jacket, the bell skirt, the angel sleeve blouse, an eyelet something," he said Wednesday...
Keep it Simple
Every woman knows that a perfect pair of black pants is a quintessential wardrobe staple. More than a decade ago Gap became known for a fabulous pair of black pants that flew off shelves and helped millions of women across the country dress with sophistication and style. This season Gap is back with "the Audrey Hepburn™ pant" — a perfect fitting pair of skinny black pants that will remind women of the perfect Gap black pants they owned years ago. Named after Audrey Hepburn™ — a timeless fashion icon known for her classic, feminine style — Gap's "Audrey Hepburn™ pant" is sleek and simple with modern details that make them undeniably cool.
New Gap Marketing Campaign Featuring Original Film Footage of Audrey Hepburn Helps Gap 'Keep it Simple' This Fall
This week, the skinny black pant is back at Gap with the introduction of a new, groundbreaking campaign featuring original film footage of timeless style icon Audrey Hepburn. The campaign, entitled “Keep it Simple,” is centered on innovative television spots incorporating a memorable scene of Audrey Hepburn dancing in the classic film Funny Face. Celebrating Gap’s re-launch of the perfect black pant, the ads mark Gap’s third and final marketing campaign of the fall season.
“Gap has a rich history of integrating memorable choreography and music into our advertising, but we’ve never done anything quite like this before,” said Trey Laird, creative director of Gap. “We wanted to do something really special to re-launch our skinny black pants and thought who better to showcase them than actress Audrey Hepburn – an iconic woman famous for dressing with sophistication and classic style.”
Debuting September 7, Gap’s new “Keep It Simple” TV spots juxtapose classic footage of Audrey Hepburn dancing in skinny black pants to the 1980 AC/DC hit song “Back in Black”. The ad opens with a scene from Funny Face as Audrey Hepburn dances through a Parisian café. It continues as she jumps out of the movie and onto a backdrop resembling the look and feel of an iconic Gap ad. Special effects and graphics help her navigate her way across the screen in a series of energetic dance steps. She then jumps back into Funny Face as the spot concludes with the tagline “It’s Back – The Skinny Black Pant.”
“We’re thrilled because this is the first time in more than 12 years that a film clip of Audrey Hepburn has been authorized to endorse a commercial product in North America,” said Kyle Andrew, vice president of Gap Marketing. “This ad is a true testament to timeless style and we couldn’t be more excited to have Audrey Hepburn – the ultimate style icon – represented in our campaign.”
Gap became known for fabulous “must-have” black pants more than a decade ago – they flew off shelves and helped millions of women across the country dress with sophistication and style. Gap’s reintroduction of the perfect fitting pair of skinny black pants this fall is a celebration of this classic, iconic piece. Named after timeless fashion icon Audrey Hepburn – “The Audrey Hepburn™ Pant” is sleek and simple with modern details that are undeniably cool. It has an updated bi-stretch fabrication, which allows for greater flexibility and movement and helps the pant keep its shape. Gap’s new skinny black pants are destined to become a modern day classic.
The “Keep It Simple” television campaign features 30 and 60-second spots that will air in the United States on all major networks, spot markets and cable from September 7 through October 5.
In celebration of the launch of the “Keep It Simple” ad campaign, Gap is making a generous contribution to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund is a non-profit organization created to continue Ms. Hepburn’s international appeals on behalf of children around the world.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2006, CNN from staff and wire reports
BEVERLY HILLS, California (CNN) -- If clothes make the man (and woman), then it's the costume designer's clothes that make the star -- and, sometimes, the performance.
Think of Malcolm McDowell as the thuggish droog Alex, clad in white from his suspenders to his codpiece, in "A Clockwork Orange." Or mousy Audrey Hepburn becoming model-perfect in "Funny Face." Or Katherine Helmond -- shoe-hat and all -- as the dada-ish doyenne in "Brazil."
On Tuesday night, the award-winning creators of those films' costumes -- not to mention the outfits in many, many other movies -- were honored with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award from the City of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee. The three designers -- the late Edith Head (winner of eight Oscars), James Acheson (three wins) and Milena Canonero (two) -- earned tribute from stars including Brittany Murphy, Jacqueline Bisset, Martin Landau, Angelica Huston and directors John Landis and Bennett Miller (who's up for an Oscar of his own on Sunday, for "Capote").
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|The Top 10 authentic beauties by Kat Giantis
Tuesday, June 1, 2004, MSN Entertainment
As Albert Camus once said, "Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time." In other words, "Hot chicks totally rule." With that in mind, the good folks at Evian have taken time from their busy water-distribution duties to ask a panel of beauty "experts" to name the Top 10 most naturally beautiful woman ever, reports the BBC.
The fairest of them all?
Audrey Hepburn, by a landslide.
The selections, made by beauty and fashion editors, makeup artists, photographers, and modeling execs and whittled down from a not-quite-comprehensive list of 100 names, were based on such scientific calculations as the "embodiment of natural beauty, healthy living ... beautiful on the inside and out, with great skin and a natural glow to their personality, as well as their complexion." Translation: The choices were completely arbitrary.
"Audrey Hepburn is the personification of natural beauty," says Elle beauty director Rosie Green. "She has a rare charm and inner beauty that radiates when she smiles." (If you ask us, the ladylike screen legend's unwavering support of charitable children's causes enhanced her already considerable genetic gifts.)
"Look, whenever I hear or read I'm beautiful, I simply don't understand it," Hepburn once said. "I'm certainly not beautiful in any conventional way. I didn't make my career on beauty."
Pillow-lipped Liv Tyler placed second in the poll, with flawless lovelies Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie and Grace Kelly rounding out the top 5. Completing the random list: Aussie chanteuse Natalie Imbruglia, Oscar winners Juliette Binoche and Halle Berry, and supermodels Helena Christensen and Elle MacPherson. Just missing the cut was Cameron Diaz, who, oddly enough, is a frequent victim of unflattering tabloid pics touting "Stars Without Their Makeup."
|Audrey Hepburn tops beauty poll
Monday, 31 May, 2004, BBC News
Hepburn was considered the 'personification' of natural beauty
Film icon Audrey Hepburn has been deemed the most naturally beautiful woman ever in a poll of beauty experts.
The diminutive star of Breakfast at Tiffany's was chosen by beauty and fashion editors, make-up artists, model agencies and photographers.
They had to choose their top 10 beautiful women from a list of 100 compiled by water company Evian.
US film star Liv Tyler and Australian actress Cate Blanchett were voted second and third.
Tomb Raider star Angelina Jolie and the actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly completed the top five, while Princess Diana was placed 12th.
Source: Evian poll
The women were chosen for their "embodiment of natural beauty, healthy living, beautiful on the inside and out, with great skin and a natural glow to their personality, as well as their complexion", Evian said.
"Audrey Hepburn is the personification of natural beauty," said Elle beauty director Rosie Green.
"She has a rare charm and inner beauty that radiates when she smiles. Her skin looks fresh in all her films and her personality really shines through as someone warm and lively."
Hepburn was included in the top 10 by more than three-quarters of the beauty experts surveyed.
Learn more about Sean Hepburn Ferrer's book, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit : A Son Remembers!
|Son: Audrey Hepburn had lifetime sadness|
Tuesday, December 2, 2003, The Associated Press
SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- From Princess Anne in "Roman Holiday" to Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady," Audrey Hepburn seemed the epitome of inner calm and self-reliance.
But to her son, she was a woman beset with sadness and self-doubt.
"She remembered vividly the fear she felt as a child when the German troops invaded the city of Arnhem, in the Netherlands, where she spent most of the war," writes Sean Hepburn Ferrer in his new book, "Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit."
"She also told us about how her brothers ate dog biscuits when there was nothing else to eat .... how the bread was green because the only flour available was made from peas. She spent the whole day in bed reading so as not to feel the hunger."
Hepburn also suffered the loss of her father -- not from the war, but by desertion. He left the family when war was declared, and she didn't see him until 20 years later, when she was an international movie star.
Sean Ferrer, the only son of Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, was interviewed at the offices of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund in a venerable building a mile from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.
The fund is virtually a one-man operation that stages exhibits and events to benefit UNICEF, to which Hepburn devoted her final years. Her son's proceeds from the book go to the fund.
About his mother's sadness, Ferrer commented: "I believe that you can't know courage without conquering fear, and you can't really know joy without knowing sadness."
Helping children and helping herself
He explained the "screenplay" that was his mother's life was divided into three acts: pursuing a highly successful film career; raising her two sons (she has a son from her marriage to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti); and devoting herself to UNICEF after the sons became adults.
"I think that emotional marks are made early on," Ferrer said. "Even if you can rationalize them as you grow up, they still leave that dank sadness you can never truly shake.
"That's why she believed that one of the priorities in our society should be to address the children who are in need. Not just for a cup of soup or another vitamin, but to see what war does to children and protect them as much emotionally as we should physically."
Sean Ferrer is a tall, husky 43-year-old whose dark hair bears the beginnings of gray. His own professional life is divided among conducting the work of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, managing his mother's legacy by policing piracy of her image and checking residual payments from her movies, and pursuing his own career in films.
Having grown up in the movie world, Ferrer entered the field not as an actor but in production. His efforts to produce his own movies have been unsuccessful, mainly, he said, because he refuses to appeal to commercial mediocrity.
"I have a passion to make something that's good, not merely OK," he said. But he hasn't given up.
Ferrer had just returned from a book signing tour that took him to New York, Boston and Chicago. Like his parents, he had to answer the same questions over and over again -- such as, Why write the book now, a decade after his mother's death?
"I didn't write the book now," he explained. "I started thinking about it shortly after my mother passed away. I didn't know if it was going to be a book, but I wanted to sit down and write about this time in my life for my children."
"Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit" is a large-format book loaded with illustrations and an intimate look at her personal life, from her unhappy childhood to her graceful death. After an initial operation in California for stomach cancer in 1992, the disease spread, and a second operation revealed no hope for survival. She returned to her Swiss home, where she died January 20, 1993, at age 63.
"She wasn't angry," her son recalled. "She was disappointed that she couldn't be operated on again. ... She felt at peace with it. She felt that death is a natural part of life."
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