favourite musicals: My Fair Lady (1964)
I know your head aches; I know you’re tired; I know your nerves are as raw as meat in a butcher’s window. But think what you’re trying to accomplish. Think what you’re dealing with. The majesty and grandeur of the English language, it’s the greatest possession we have. The noblest thoughts that ever flowed through the hearts of men are contained in its extraordinary, imaginative, and musical mixtures of sounds. And that’s what you’ve set yourself out to conquer Eliza. And conquer it you will.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Howell Conant
My Fair Lady (1964)
The majesty and grandeur of the English language is the greatest possession we have.
Audrey Hepburn taking a taxi in the middle of Times Square, 1951.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. And the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.
1954: Audrey Hepburn wears a wedding gown and veil in her role as Jo Stockton in Funny Face. The photo was taken by David Seymour, who in 1947, helped found the first international cooperative photographic agency — Magnum. The dance scene in which Audrey wears this costume was shot outdoors after weeks of torrential rain. Audrey had nine pairs of white satin dancing shoes that were made in Paris that she had to continuously swap out as each became muddied beyond use. “Here I’ve been waiting for twenty years to dance with Fred Astaire,” Audrey quipped, “and what do I get? Mud in my eye!”
Each in its own way was unforgettable. It would be difficult to … Rome, by all means. Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.