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Belfast film fans pay homage to Audrey Hepburn

By Maureen Coleman

The QFT is to host a special screening of the actress’s most iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, on Saturday in aid of the Children’s Law Society and many guests are expected to dress in classic Hepburn style to pay homage to the screen legend recently voted the world’s most beautiful woman.

It’s testament to her enduring charm that 40 years after the film was first shown her fans still want to watch her portray Holly Golightly.

The former Unicef ambassador may have died in 1993 yet she retains her position as the world’s most stylish woman, cultural icon and greatest beauty, beating the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and Cheryl Cole.

So what is it about the My Fair Lady star that makes her appeal so timeless?

Katrina Doran, editor of fashion/lifestyle magazine Sugahfix.com, said Hepburn’s vulnerability made her attractive to men, while her non-threatening beauty and sense of style endeared her to women.

“Audrey Hepburn remains such a huge icon because she is a classic beauty,” she said.

“Not only was she gorgeous to look at, but she was beautiful on the inside. She cared about people and that shone through.

“Women love her because she was so stylish. She looked amazing in Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday.

“Her style is timeless. Someone like Cheryl Cole may look great now, but in 30 years time her look will be so out-dated.

“Because of her gamine features, she looked vulnerable and made men want to protect her. And women just wanted to be her.”

However not everyone is so enamoured with her, it seems.

British actress Emma Thompson has taken a recent swipe at Hepburn, saying she was “twee” and not particularly talented.

The Oscar-winner, who is writing a new screenplay of My Fair Lady, said appreciating Hepburn must be a “guy thing”.

Hepburn quotes

  • “If I get married, I want to be very married.”
  • “For beautiful eyes look for the good in others, for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness and for poise walk knowing you are never alone.”
  • “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
  • “I was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it.”
  • “You can tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.”

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