Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Audrey Kathleen Ruston

Audrey Kathleen Ruston was known by her birth name, then her name was changed to Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston, then went by Edda van Heemstra before adopting the moniker that most people recognize:

Audrey Hepburn.























Today is the anniversary of her death, which occurred in 1993 from abdominal cancer. She was 63 years old, survived by the love of her life and two sons, plus legions of admiring fans and thankful people from impoverished nations.

I have an admiration for Audrey Hepburn that I don't recall ever not having. I've always found her to be so beautiful, so graceful, so effortlessly wonderful. I think "Sabrina" was the first movie I ever watched that she was in.

I was hooked- she had simultaneously an elfish, gamine quality and a sophisticated, elegant air. It's a rare trait that I don't believe anyone has replicated since, though many have tried. (Jennifer Love Hewitt, you are not Audrey Hepburn. I know you want to be- every girl does. But you aren't.)

"Sabrina" also gave me some of my first fashion revelations:

- Short hair can be awesome.
- Flat shoes can be gorgeous.
- Hoop earrings will always be in style.
- Black clothing is simple and lovely.
- I must own a ball gown, preferably one by Givenchy (Edith Head, why you so mean??).

I wanted to learn to cook eggs in France with an angry little Parisian chef chastising me. I wanted to get a French poodle and walk around train stations in a smart little suit. I just wanted to look like this:



















Gorgeous, right?

Some of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies:

"Roman Holiday" 1953
"Sabrina" 1954
"Funny Face" 1957
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" 1961
"My Fair Lady" 1964

She played a princess, a chauffeur's daughter, a bookish clerk, a hooker, and a Cockney street urchin with aplomb and humor. I love every character, every moment of those movies, and I only wish she had left more films for me to watch.


























If anyone has not read it, The Audrey Hepburn Treasures is very charming. The photos! There's also a book called How to Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life, which is an easy little book filled with mostly quotes and photographs.



















I hope she's at peace.

(1929-05-04)Audrey Hepburn
4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993

8 comments:

william January 22, 2009 at 3:01 AM  

charade and two for the road are also wonderful. and the nun's story is a really good quiet drama. she's very good in that.

~w

jeanny January 22, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

I love "Charade," and I also quite like "How To Steal A Million," in which I think Peter O'Toole is so charming.

I have to try "Nun's Story" ... I don't know if I can buy Audrey as a nun, though. I could barely buy Julie Andrews as a nun-in-training. Aren't nuns supposed to be unattractive??

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