Thursday, November 30, 2006

Chick flicks, lookalikes, and the LBD

Thank you all for your patience. I appreciate it!

First up, the lovely Lotta has sent us a great find. It seems that in Finland in 1955 there was an Audrey Hepburn lookalike contest, and the grand prize was a trip to Stockholm! If you can read Finnish, then there's a short article here, and you can see a small picture of the winner. There is also a link to a short video about the contest on that page, or you can just click here. It seems that even then, everyone wanted to look like Audrey.

Next up, there's an article out about the top ten chick flicks. I personally don't care for the phrases "chick flick" or "chick lit," but this article does list Breakfast at Tiffany's at #5, and has a great description of Audrey's take on Holly: "Representing the woman almost any female wishes she could be, Hepburn plays Holly with an air of sophistication, sweetness, sexuality and vulnerability that can just never again be matched." That pretty much nails it.
Up next, Marni Nixon did a radio interview for the BBC, and there's more talk of Audrey. There's also a section that was sort of Audrey vs. Marilyn Monroe, which is like comparing apples and oranges. All the same, you can hear the entire interview here.

A school in Nevada does a really cool thing every year about this time: the kids do a live wax museum of people who were influential the year the kids were born. This year Audrey was featured! And while it's a little sad to think that she died around the time that most of these kids are born, it's pleasing to know that she's still remembered and that this generation is made aware of her. You can read all about it here. And speaking of wax museums:

The wax Audrey Hepburn from the Shanghai Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Pretty cute! And her cigarette glows. (Photos from Flickr and Artem)

For the ladies: yet another article about the upcoming auction (five days!), and this one gives you some dos and don'ts on what to do to make your little black dress a success. It also has a most unflattering picture of yet another model in the Breakfast at Tiffany's dress, which makes me wonder how stretched out it's going to be by the time it hits the auction block. Anyway, the whole article can be found here.

Turner Classic Movies is interviewing director Stanley Donen for their Private Screenings series, and he will be discussing his many spectacular films. I'm sure there'll be some good Audrey stories told as well, since he always seems to be full of them on his commentaries, and TCM will also be showing Funny Face on December 6th. You can read more about TCM's upcoming events and details about the Stanley Donen marathon here.

And lastly, an article I found about Sean's work. In 2001 he directed a documentary on Albert "Racehoss" Sample, and while it's been very hard to find so far, it's had very positive reviews. This article talks about Racehoss and his mesmerizing life story, and at the end hints that maybe the film will be seeing some more mainstream distribution soon. Now I'm interested in seeing it . . .

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