09 October 2009

Why I hate to love Audrey Hepburn

I feel like I'm going to be eaten for this post, but here we go. Breakfast at Tiffany's was the first classic movie I saw and it was Audrey! Audrey! for the whole summer. I loved her. Cut to 3 years later...I hate to love her. WHY? The woman is EVERYWHERE. Purses, bags, shirts, posters, the whole kit and kaboodle. Her name overpowers her true self, in my opinion. It's like she's the only "old" star people can talk about, along with James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart and Judy Garland. When people find out I'm a classic film militant (heh Kate) they always say they know a so-and-so who just loves Audrey Hepburn, how she's on the hunt for the perfect LBD, how they've seen Breakfast at Tiffany's...etc. I'll nod my head and put my best face on but it leaves me so uninterested. Tell me that this so-and-so adores Jack Lemmon, Esther Williams, Joanne Woodward or whoever and I'll be much more interested to hear the rest of the story. It's like everything about Audrey has already been said, but there's so much more people can be talking about if they got into other actors. Don't get me wrong, I owe my whole movie life to her; but sometimes I just tire of people talking non-stop about the more famous classic film stars who have turned more into a label than a person. OOH EXAMPLE: I had no clue Marilyn Monroe made movies. I thought she was a stripper, to be quite frank. I wanted to rent Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (my second classic movie after Tiffany's) from Blockbuster and my mom asked "Is it...alright? What's the rating?" thinking it was some adult movie. So what's all the hype? They're film actors, just as all of the others.

20 comments:

Kate Gabrielle said...

I actually agree with you, 100% -- Audrey Hepburn was the first actress I ever liked, and sucked me into classic films, but I think it's a shame that for some people she is the ONLY actress from classic film. For me, she opened up a world of classic movies and I'm grateful to her for that.

What IS nice, is that many people (like me and you) discovered classic movies after we first discovered Audrey Hepburn. She's done that for a lot of girls, so that's really neat. But too many people probably stop with her movies (or haven't even seen her movies!!) and that drives me nuts! Same goes for Marilyn Monroe & James Dean.

Just once I'd like to go into a kitchy store and find a Barbara Stanwyck handbag or Charles Boyer clock, instead of it always being those three!!

ps. I think it's hilarious that you thought Marilyn Monroe was a stripper!

Millie said...

I understand!

It annoys me to! A friend of mine gave me an Audrey shirt for my birthday...and I just can't ever wear it! Because EVERYONE is wearing them!

I mean, it's pretty sad when you see Audrey shirts for sale at Walmart!

But, none of this over-hype can make me stop loving her! She's just too wonderful and amazing NOT to love!

P.S. I really don't like "BAT"!

Sarah said...

She really did open that world of movies for us gals. :) And you gotta tell me when you find a Charles Boyer clock!!

Sarah said...

Millie - I still love BAT :D but I agree that I don't think I could ever stop loving her either!

Amanda Cooper said...

I like Audrey - she was EXTREMELY talented, but seeing her name in a cast listing (or that overrated promo pic from Breakfast At Tiffany's - everybody here knows the one I'm talking about, even if you haven't seen the movie) can put me off pretty easily. For the most part, I watch her movies for her costars and then find myself enjoying her immensely, but I don't actively seek her out.

Kate Gabrielle said...

I just have to add in here, though, that part of my problem is the WRONG movie is so famous-- doesn't everyone who likes classic movies agree that How to Steal a Million is stupendously, fantastically amazing?!? But nobody seems to know about that movie outside of the little classic film crowd...

(& if I ever find that clock you'll be the first to know!) lol

Princess Fire and Music said...

You'll get no argument from me! I see Audrey and Marilyn everywhere, on everything from posters to pencilcases, which I think does them a disservice because it makes me not even want to watch her films. I have an Audrey Hepburn boxed set that I got for Christmas and still haven't watched, even though I know I'd probably love the films if I gave them a chance, simply because I'm already so sick of the star.

Mercurie said...

I have loved Audrey since I saw My Fair Lady. And I really can't say that I mind seeing her name and face everywhere. Okay, there are a lot of other classic film stars people should be talking about as well, but as I see it, maybe if someone loves Audrey it will lead him or her to other classic film stars and classic films. I mean, I started out as a Bogart fan, but I did go onto discover people like Robert Montgomery, Carole Lombard, and so on!

Merriam said...

This bothers me a lot too, to the point where I don't want to tell people Audrey Hepburn is one of my favorites because they could think I'm just a poser.

Lol and you thought Marilyn was a stripper! That is hilarious! ROFL

Matthew Coniam said...

You won't be eaten by me. I completely agree. It's Marilyn and Dean who are the most troublesome icons for me, and it has nothing to do with talent or my personal opinion of them. I like Marilyn a lot, dislike Jimmy a lot. But I would love to go into a movie bookshop and not see lifesize cardboard cutouts of one or both of them. Just once.

Raquelle said...

I know exactly what you mean. Thank you so much for writing this post.

I think stars like Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe are such icons that it's overkill. I'm not a fan of Audrey Hepburn but I'd like to think it's not because she's everywhere!

I enjoy Marilyn Monroe and her films but I'm not terribly interested her as a style icon or even as an American icon. I just want to se eher movies.

LOL - "OOH EXAMPLE: I had no clue Marilyn Monroe made movies. I thought she was a stripper, to be quite frank."

Sarah said...

Yes, I agree with all of you, esp. Merriam & Raquelle. I think MM was intriguing with her personal life, but I'm not going to go all Megan Fox and get her tatooed on my arm. And I also hate telling people I like Audrey too! I feel like such a cliche.

Lolita said...

I agree to 100%. When I had a Marilyn Monroe obsession I mostly didn't talk about it, because everyone knows who she is (hell, Marilyn Monroe bags was extremely popular for a while), but nobody had seen her films. Alas, discussions with those people wold be boring. I expected a response like "LOL I love Marilyn Monroe! She's so cool! I have a t-shirt with her on it! What? She made movies...?"

Harley said...

Well you know how much I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Audrey, but I do get what you're saying. (What I hate more however is the fact that people don't know her). Even before I got into old movies, I knew about Audrey. Even my best friend, who knows about old movies through me, and is always asking me about old stars, doesn't get how people never heard of Audrey before. After all, she is kind of everywhere. And while I attribute that to her amazing light and all, it seems other amazing stars are left behind. The same goes for Monroe. I adore her, but people put such an emphasis on her that it leaves me saying: Um, what about Gene Tierney? She was freaking gorgeous, and yet, only true classic film fans know about her. But you never hear about Gene from the mainstream. Maybe because she didn't have such a celebrity as MM or Liz Taylor?

Anyway, I like the Audrey hype because I am such a big fan! :) (But I totally get you Sarah, and I've missed you and your blog).

PS: About the Megan Fox tattoo, when I saw it, I told my sister: "If she had an Irene Dunne tattoo on her arm, then I'd be impressed." Would I say the same if it had been Audrey? Hmmm...who knows? ;)

CeliFace said...

I'll have to agree (came across your blog via google blog alerts, btw-- hi!). The media is saturated with Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, but hardly anyone knows a thing about them. For example, you thought Marilyn was a stripper and she was so far from that. What especially pisses me off is young troubled celebs being associated with Marilyn (anna nicole, lindsay, megan).

For once, I would love to walk into a store in LA and not see a million Monroe things being sold for a dollar. As a huge MM fan, I'm more impressed if someone can actually name a film she made before 1952.

Sarah said...

CeliFace-hi! :D I think it's hilarious how Megan Fox sees parallels to MM. I seriously laughed when I read an article about it. It's all in her head, she just needs to live her life not fearing MM's comparisons!

CeliFace said...

I agree! It's absolutely ridiculous! She's more concerned with finding a slight parallel to MM than she is trying to develop whatever talent as an actress she has. Lol

Anonymous said...

FINALLY! I thought I was the only one who thought that way. I have nothing agaisnt Audrey, in fact I adooore Breakfast at Tiffany's but it is annoying that she is everywhere! Bags, t-shirts, posters, paintings... I mean, why? Seriously. What makes her or Marilyn Monroe different from the other movie stars? I mean, all old movie stars were unique, they had had something special, so why should Audrey and Marilyn be the ones to be on every single thing in a store? Why can't we find a Katharine Hepburn t-shirt or Bette Davis in a bag, or a make-up kit by Rita Hayworth? For example, when I was in Canada last Christmas, we went to a mall and when we arrived at the paintings store, there were like 20 paintings with Marilyn and Audrey. Then, I asked the girl who was selling them (she was about 28 or 29) if they had anything with Katharine Hepburn (yes, I love her to death) and she didn't even know who she was! I was like 'WHAT?'. It's frustrating. Only classic film fans or people over 45 years old will know who Kate is, or Bogie, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewrat, Lauren Bacall... I figure that the reason behind that is the fact that Andy Warhol was such a big fan of MM and Audrey, I mean, if he had painted a potrait of Jean Harlow and Ava Gardner, they would be the ones to be on everything. My opinion. I mean, you don't just stand out from such marvelous actors from the Golden Age because of your beauty or whatever, It has to be a reason behing that.

Jennythenipper said...

I agree Audrey is overexposed. But that doesn't make me like her any less. I think Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of the most over-rated films ever but I still like it. I would still rather watch BAT than 99% of all current movies.

It's always hard when something you love that's obscure and nerdy becomes cool. I'm still smarting from U2 becoming popular and that happened in 1987. Get over it already, self!

The Kid In The Front Row said...

I love that picture of her.

I know what you're saying-- but sometimes one person just captures something more than the others who seem equally deserving. That's what Hepburn has done, she represents an idea. I hope you can return to loving to love her :)