Manolo Blahnik, Designer:
"The imprint of Miss Hepburn is absolutely, totally present. Like it or not, she will be the most important look of the twentieth century."
Anthony Beauchamp, Photographer:
"I couldn't quite fathom that she was real. There were so many paradoxes in that face. Darkness and purity; depth and youth; stillness and animation. She had a fresh new look, a beauty that was ethereal."
Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist:
"Audrey had an angelic quality about her. She didn't act like she was better than everyone, she just had a presence, an energy, a sort of light coming from within her that was overwhelming."
Peter Bogdanovich, Director:
"In Greek myth—among the most ancient of the Western religious histories—you would have to compare Audrey to Hestia, goddess of the hearth, for whom the family home was her main concern and, by extension, every home."
"Saint Audrey seems quite appropriate to me—for in her life and work she was born to show the world that true grace and innocence, human kindness and hope, still can exist on earth."
"Whenever the lines didn't quite suit her, she would alter them and they always sounded better her way. Often I would compliment her by saying, 'That's not the line, but it's better that way.' And invariable she would say, 'Oh, isn't it?! I thought it was. I'll say it the way you want–I thought it was that line.' And I'd always have to reassure her that her rewrite, instinctual or conscious, was an improvement. But she invariably claimed ignorance of any difference and repeatedly said she'd do it my way. I never let her."
Stanley Donen, Director:
"The first time I saw Audrey Hepburn was in Roman Holiday. There have only been a few firsts in my life that have rattled me so much - the first time I saw Fred Astaire, the first time I saw Marlon Brando. It was obvious to me that she was going to join a group into which a few artists are admitted: Chaplin, Astaire, Brando."
Richard Dreyfus, Actor:
"She was the best that we could possibly be. She was perfectly charming and perfectly loving. She was a dream; And she was the dream that you remember when you wake up smiling."
Hubert de Givenchy, Fashion Designer:
"There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn."
"Extraordinary in every way."
Alfred Lunt, Director:
"She has authentic charm. Most people simply have nice manners."
Henry Mancini, Composer:
"'Moon River' was written for her. No one else had ever understood it so completely. There have been more than a thousand versions of 'Moon River', but hers is unquestionably the greatest."
Linda McEwen, Actor:
"She had her own personal style. She was not created by a studio. She didn't need to be created. She simply was."
Movie Jerry Maguire:
"Wow. That's more than a dress. That's an Audrey Hepburn movie."
Gregory Peck, Actor:
"It was my good luck, during that wonderful summer in Rome, to be the first of her screen fellows, to hold out my hand, and help her keep her balance as she did her spins and pirouettes. Those months [were] probably the happiest experience I ever had making movies."
"Most people think of Audrey Hepburn as regal. I like to think of her as spunky. It was my good luck to be her first screen fellow, to hold out my hand and help her keep her balance while she made everybody in the world fall in love with her."
Rex Reed, Critic:
"In a cruel and imperfect world, she was living proof that God could still create perfection."
"She had a quality no other actress had: a curious combination of lady and pixie. She was a joy to work with – enormous talent and no ego."
Elizabeth Taylor, Actor:
"Audrey was a lady with an elegance and charm that was unsurpassed, except by her love for underprivileged children all over the world. God has a most beautiful new angel now that will know just what to do in heaven."
Billy Wilder, Director:
"This girl single-handedly could make bosoms a thing of the past!"
"What is needed to become a real star is an extra element that God can give you or not. You are already born with it. You can't learn it. God kissed the face of Audrey Hepburn, and there she was."
Ian Woodward, Author:
"Audrey Hepburn became more than a movie star. She became a legend, first on
screen - and then on the arid plains of Africa."
Issac Mizrahi, Designer:
"One got a sense that Audrey Hepburn didn't know how beautiful she was. There was never another movie star like her."
Elizabeth Wilson, Fashion Scholar:
"For me her charm lay...in a style that seemed the embodiment of sophisticated, existentialist Europe as opposed to the overripe artificiality of Hollywood. She might look like Bambi, but her casual style signaled student, not starlet; she proved that a woman could have brains and still be attractive."
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