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.