November 20, 2013

My Close-Up With Audrey Hepburn

By Matt Stevens

One rarely — if ever — gets to be in the presence of true Hollywood royalty, especially someone as iconic and beloved as Audrey Hepburn, whose beauty is perfectly captured in the new Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Doll. I had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Twice.

In November 1989, the city of Sarasota, FL — where I was attending film school — held its first annual French Film Festival, and Audrey Hepburn was a surprise special guest at the premiere. Would you believe I ended up sitting in the row right behind her? The opening night film was a mediocre thriller not starring Hepburn. But she was still the star of the evening, and I spent the next two hours gazing at her graceful profile instead of the screen!

Afterward, a few classmates and I snuck into the fancy reception at the art museum near our school. I stood a few feet from Hepburn (what a pleasure!) as she chatted with fans, wowing everyone with her unassuming elegance and charm. I’d grown up watching Hepburn’s movies, and she still looked stunning. Her delicate frame was draped in a simple but chic black ensemble, with sparkly silver earrings and a sleek chignon that highlighted her unforgettable face. I was too star-struck to speak to her. It was enough just to bask in the glow of this cinematic legend, fashion icon, and devoted humanitarian — she’d recently been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Two years later, while working in Fort Lauderdale, I was given a fourth-row ticket to a UNICEF benefit concert. Hepburn hosted the poignant first half, joining countless children on stage, and Liza Minnelli finished the show with rousing song-and-dance numbers. I actually met Minnelli a few years ago, and when I mentioned this benefit, she gushed about Hepburn, “Oh, wasn’t she lovely?”

Yes, she was. So lovely.

Fortunately, Hepburn’s radiance lives on in her luminous screen performances — as well as dazzling dolls from Barbie Collector, celebrating her roles in Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and now Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Doll recreates her glamorous look from the 1954 romance-comedy, about a chauffeur’s daughter who’s pursued by two handsome, wealthy brothers. This first-ever Silkstone® Hepburn doll, which features a gorgeous face sculpt and exquisite embroidered gown, is a wonderful tribute to the actress’ enduring legacy and haute couture style!

What’s your favorite Audrey Hepburn movie or fashion? Please share below.


Matt Stevens is a twice-published author and sold screenwriter who specializes in movies and pop culture. A former producer for E! Entertainment Television, he now writes about film for their website, E! Online, and contributes to numerous new-media outlets. Since his first games-writing gig for Barbie.com, Matt has been tickled pink to work on BarbieGirls.com and MyScene.com before joining the BC blogger team.

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