Audrey: The 60s by David Wills

Audrey: The 60s, Audrey Hepburn
Audrey: The 60s, Audrey Hepburn

It would be very difficult to find a woman as universally beloved as Audrey Hepburn. Frankly, there might not be one. Yes, she was gorgeous, charming, and always perfectly dressed (Hubert de Givenchy! Edith Head! Salvatore Ferragamo!), but she also she seemed, above all, like an elegant, unassuming, good person, and a smart one—all of which are rare qualities, even on their own. And here they were compiled into one woman, and one woman who could wear a dress like that. (To that point, Givenchy once said “There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn.”) “What a burden she lifted from women,” The New York Times wrote in an Op-Ed the week following her death in 1993. “There was proof that looking good need not be synonymous with looking bimbo. Thanks to their first glimpse of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, half a generation of young females stopped stuffing their bras and teetering on stiletto heels.” Even our girl Zsa Zsa Gabor wrote (of marrying younger men, we’ll have you know), “It must be all right to do if Audrey does it. She is such a charming girl, who has wonderful taste in clothes, and I happen to be very fond of her. She is also the only girl I know around the world who the press adores.” (Well, consider us press, Zsa, because you are preaching to the choir.)

Which is why we’re planning to slide David Wills’ Audrey: The 60s (an exquisite, photo-drenched hardcover love-letter to the icon) under everyone’s Christmas trees, Hannukah bushes, or however they receive their gifts this holiday season. Largely categorized by her films from the decade (with one chapter devoted to fashion spreads), the tome features quoted praise from collaborators such as Shirley McLaine, Henry Mancini, Walter Matthau, Sophia Loren, Richard Avedon, and Cecil Beaton, alongside insights from close friends, family members, and the lady herself. This is a “picture book' in the truest—and best—sense, with the most weight given to vibrant, colorful portraits and snapshots and selects from shoots, peppered with bon mots from Audrey, our favorite being: “As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself... all of which I’ve earned a living doing.” Girl power, or something like it.

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