Audrey Hepburn in, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
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1961: Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) lowers her sunglasses in a still from director Blake Edwards’ film, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Audrey Hepburn was a classy and mega-talented actress, model and dancer hailing from Great Britain. She has had many awards and accolades to her credit as well as being ranked as a female screen legend by the American Film Institute. She was also inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame for her stunning fashion sense. Being both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was well regarded as a popular public figure of her time. Her popularity and fame quickly elicited an onslaught of Audrey Hepburn “wannabes”.
Audrey Hepburn was a stunning breath of fresh air during her heyday. Prior to World War II, most actresses, although beautiful enough, were a bit more conservative. She was beautiful, playful and unassuming. Hepburn took Hollywood by storm with her charm and talent in films. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was no exception. She portrayed Holly Golightly in the film released in 1961, and she did not disappoint.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Hepburn portrayed Holly Golightly, an eccentric socialite who was a little naïve to the ways of the world; albeit fun loving and willing to play along. Her character was all too willing to go with the flow and explore new experiences. Holly was portrayed as a fan of the fashionable Tiffany’s jewelry brand and enjoyed seeking out the finer things in life. As the story played out, it was revealed that Holly was the product of a somewhat colorful upbringing that she was running away from.
In real life, Hepburn was reportedly a very private and introverted person. That is quite a stark difference from the character she portrayed in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly was a very outgoing and extroverted character, which only adds validation to the extent of Hepburn’s talent.
Holly was desperately in search of a man who could provide her a better life that she had longed for. The hope was that her Prince Charming would sweep her off her feet and keep her in the lap of luxury. Along the way, she kissed many a toad but never got discouraged.
When she ran into Paul, Holly had met her match. He was the complete opposite of what she thought she wanted/needed in a man. Eventually, Paul proposed marriage to Holly with a toy ring out of a Cracker Jack box which was in stark contrast to her expensive taste in jewelry. At that point, she finally found what she had been looking for and it had come without a price tag. They then sealed the deal with a passionate kiss.
Audrey Hepburn sang Henry Mancini’s famed song, Moon River, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Following the successful film, the song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Obviously, all eyes were on Hepburn.
It is no secret that Audrey Hepburn was a trailblazer in redefining the role/essence of the female film actor. She was very mindful of the fact that women looked up to her. She was a tough act to follow right up until the end.