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Enchanting Grace – Audrey Hepburn

“That unique lady… she’s the original, there are no more examples, and there never will be.” […] Read more

“That unique lady… she’s the original, there are no more examples, and there never will be.” Who could live up to Billy Wilder’s magnificent accolade? A lot of names echo in terms of movie and vogue. But there’s one and only that reigns both the silver screen and the fashion world – Audrey Hepburn (1929-93).

A persona that blended sleek sophistication and impressionable ingénue makes Hepburn a rare gem in Hollywood. More than her Cinderella characters, she was a role model: teenage girls cut their hair like Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953), as well as a true actress – remember her as the “dirty” flower girl Eliza Doolittle, the eccentric socialite Holly Golightly and the terrorized blind Susy – an unforgettable embodiment of completely different women. As Billy Wilder said “What counts in Audrey is her allure” – an allure that came from knowing herself perfectly and being true to herself. Recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the top three greatest female screen legends, Hepburn brought distinctive qualities to her roles, and had a glow that was not only connected to appearance, but came from within.

A style icon who has transcended the ages, Hepburn, in “a kind of marriage” with Hubert de Givenchy, has become a symbol of quintessentially romantic elegance. Since Sabrina (1954), the French couturier made her clothes for nearly all of her movies, and “gave her the confidence to play her parts.” Their partnership has created one of the most indelible cinematic fashion moments of the 20th century in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), representing a certain ideal for generations of young women dreaming of a glamorous life.

Devoting herself to the role of UNICEF goodwill ambassador after fading from the screen, Hepburn used her star appeal to aid the underprivileged. Pictures of her holding starving children in her arms become the strongest message she hoped to carry to the rest of the world, raising the consciousness of millions of people about the needs of those suffering from poverty and warfare.

A woman of breathtaking beauty, pure talent, and true compassion, Audrey Hepburn’s legacy remains, as her namesake tulip that continues to blossom in the garden as it does on screen.

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