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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I'm Mag Wildwood, from Wildwood, Arkansas... That's Hill Country!

Happy Birthday to Audrey Hepburn, one of the most beautiful, stylish women of all time. Hepburn, who died in 1993 at age 63, would have been 82 today.

Hepburn won an Oscar for "Roman Holiday", (1953), but the movie for which she is most famous, of course, is "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), in which she created the iconic role of Holly Golightly. (Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar that year, but lost to Sophia Loren for "Two Women").

Hepburn was one of those actresses, like Marilyn Monroe, who probably initially climbed the Hollywood ladder because of her good looks, but, also like Marilyn, she eventually proved to be quite a good actress.

Our favorite bit of trivia about Audrey concerns her singing. In most movies in which Hepburn was required to sing, the producers dubbed her voice with a stronger singer's voice. Most famously, in "My Fair Lady", Marni Nixon did the actual singing for Audrey. But in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", it was Audrey who was really singing the classic "Moon River", and while her singing voice might not have been technically strong, nevertheless, her performance of the iconic song is absolutely wonderful and even heartbreaking in its sincerity.

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