Sunday, August 23, 2009

My favorite brunettes, Audrey Hepburn

For me, Audrey Hepburn had one of the most gorgeous, distinctive voices that I have ever heard. Sweet, foreign, lilting. It's what I love most about her. She was born in Belgium, lived in England, became a superstar in the States. She was a sincere humanitarian throughout her life, even serving as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador in the last years of her life. She made movies across an almost fifty year span. And she remains a style icon to this day.

She was also uniquely beautiful, graceful and always gracious. Hers was a different kind of beauty, not like the sultry earthiness of Liz Taylor. She had a ballet dancer's beauty, lissome and sublime. My favorite role of Audrey's is, of course, Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, the kind of eccentric, extroverted young lady of night life society. If you've read the Truman Capote book, Hollywood certainly diluted and skewed the story a bit, but, my goodness, Audrey Hepburn is engaging in that movie.

She was also so charming in Funny Face, with her fabulous Edith Head costumes and one-of-a-kind face, and absolutely fantastic in Wait Until Dark. As a child, I was fascinated by her Natasha in War and Peace.

She always carried herself regally, more of a princess than a queen, with her endearing innocence. Maybe it was her elfin face, or physical slightness. Maybe it was her individual charm and beauty. Maybe it's because no one else has ever looked like her or will ever look like her.

Audrey Hepburn is what I think angels must look like.

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