by Giselle Renarde
Ten years ago, one of my sisters bought me an autobiography of Audrey Hepburn. And there it sat. On my shelf. Collecting dusk.
Until two weeks ago!
I decided it was finally time to dive in and discover all there is to know about Audrey.
But first, let me tell you why this was such a lovely gift that I definitely should have started reading before now.
When I was in high school, I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's obsessively. Okay, not obsessively. But I watched it a lot. I seem to recall "renting" the video from the library quite often, but I guess someone bought me a copy at some point because Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of only 8 tapes in my VHS collection.
(Charade is another. My ex bought me a used copy. He to talk an independent video rental location into selling it to him because where else would you get a copy of Charade? It made a great gift because I was in love, in equal parts, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn at that time.)
Anyway, like I was saying: I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's a lot. I appreciated the kind of cheerful melancholy Audrey Hepburn brought to her role. I haven't watched the movie in a while, but I remember being enchanted by it.
Neat that this book I'm reading, this book about the life of Audrey Hepburn, is titled Enchantment.
If you've read my Audrey and Lawrence series (or heard mention of it), you might have wondered if I named my "me" character after Hepburn. Why, yes. Yes I did.
I identified so strongly with her when I was younger. Which is to say that I identified with her movie characters. Or maybe just Holly Golightly. Because, until I picked up this book, I really knew nothing about Audrey the person, the actor.
Turns out she was notoriously self-effacing. She always felt like an amateur because she had no formal training in her craft. Her lack of confidence made her work harder. In her mind, she had to prove herself.
No wonder I identified with her...