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#QueerQuote: ”Make-up Can Only Make You Look Pretty on the Outside But It Doesn’t Help If You’re Ugly on the Inside. Unless You Eat the Make-up.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn seems impossibly lovely to me. Her charm, humility (she didn’t like to speak about herself) and her electric screen presence always grabbed me. She remains one of only 12 special performers who have won an Academy Award, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award, and stands as only one of three actors to win a Tony and Oscar on the same year.

My favorite Hepburn performance was in Robin And Marion (1976), opposite Sean Connery. I also have a soft spot for one of her last films, the charming They All Laughed (1981), with Ben Gazzara, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.

In her private life, Hepburn preferred to wear casual and comfortable clothes, and not the Hubert de Givenchy haute couture she wore on screen and at events. Despite being greatly admired for her beauty, she didn’t think of herself as attractive, stating in a 1959 interview:

”You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly… you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.”

In 1989, she claimed:

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses.”

Hepburn was taken from us by that damn Cancer in 1993. She was only 63-years-old.


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