Thursday, February 01, 2007

"Bloodline" author dies, Audrey Hepburn inspired Edie Sedgwick

Author Sidney Sheldon, who wrote many pulp-style novels and has the dubious distinction of penning the worst Audrey Hepburn film ever, died Tuesday at the age of 89 from pneumonia complications. Sheldon had been active writing screenplays for over 30 years, and Bloodline was his fourth novel out of his final 22 published books. Thankfully, it's a lesser-known and harder to access film, and the cover art of the video tape alone should put you off of it. Is Ben Gazzara made of wax?

Making big news lately is the fictionalized biopic on Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl. Reviews of the film often call Edie a "real-life Holly Golightly," and according to, it's because Edie herself confesses to seeing a movie poster for Breakfast at Tiffany's and desperately wanting to be as glamorous as Audrey Hepburn looked as Holly Golightly. Edie never got around to reading Truman Capote's novella or watching the movie, but she nonetheless knew she wanted to be a real life Holly. An icon influencing an icon.

And to make up for news being so slow, here's Audrey singing "Moon River." She was the first one to sing it, she saved it from being scrapped in the movie, and it was always Henry Mancini's favourite version of the song -- he should know, he wrote the song!


Ankit said...

Not that I am happy that Sidney Sheldon died but I cannot tell you how much I hated his books. I read one once (can't seem to remember which one. I guess it was something like tell me your dreams or something) and to say that he was mediocre would be an understatement. I could never figure out how he became so popular.

The Fabulous Audrey Hepburn said...

Him and Danielle Steele boggle my mind. I think Danielle used no less than 50 sets of ellipses in the space of 10 pages, no joke. Does she not know how to use them?