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May 4, 2001 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Happy Birthday, Audrey :-)
posted by tamim (15 comments total)
lovely links tamim. she was the epitome of elegance.
posted by winterdrm at 1:47 PM on May 4, 2001

word. this big, rusty brotha's fav movie is "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (We can just ignore Mickey Rooney)
posted by black8 at 1:50 PM on May 4, 2001

great links tamim -- thanks!
posted by kphaley454 at 1:51 PM on May 4, 2001

First film of hers I ever watched was Spielberg's otherwise forgettable Always. I believe it was her last film. Her elegance and style impressed me enough to check out Tiffany's, which blew me away. (Who knew Hannibal, from the frickin' A-Team, could be so schmoove?)

I think I'll rent My Fair Lady tonight. Sigh. Thanks, Tamim.
posted by Optamystic at 2:12 PM on May 4, 2001

My first crush...........
posted by bradth27 at 2:21 PM on May 4, 2001

Loved Audrey, loved her in everything, but "Tiffany" is waaay overrated. Timid, racist, gauzy pap with a hap-hap-happy ending . . . wasn't impressed. "My Fair Lady," now, there's a different story.
posted by lileks at 2:40 PM on May 4, 2001

i love my audrey. email, web-browsing, pda... all on my kitchen counter!

(what? ... oh.)
posted by o2b at 3:05 PM on May 4, 2001

I must say that these audio clips do prove that the producers of My Fair Lady were right to dub Marnie Nixon's singing for Audrey's. But they still should have let Julie Andrews have the part.
posted by jeannepickering at 4:34 PM on May 4, 2001

Only a couple more weeks 'til "Eliza Doolittle Day"! (which, I agree with Jeanne, should probably go to Julie Andrews, but I do [heart] Audrey)
posted by girlhacker at 6:34 PM on May 4, 2001

First movie-star crush for me, too, after seeing "Sabrina" when I was in my early teens. (sigh). Still hard to figure her falling for Bogey, though, when she coulda had me. I coulda been a contender, I tell's ya! Thanks, Audrey (and Tamim for the gentle reminder).
posted by davidmsc at 7:03 PM on May 4, 2001

i haven't seen the movie in a while so remind me -- why is Breakfast at Tiffany's racist?
posted by hollydeutsch at 10:21 PM on May 4, 2001

Mickey Rooney as the Japanese Photographer upstairs with huge fake buck-teeth...
"Miss Gorightly!"
posted by holloway at 1:05 AM on May 5, 2001

I don't know about "racist," because sometimes people actually DO fit the "stereotype" that has developed over time. Besides, given the time period and overall tone of the movie, I certainly think that this one incident (Japanese photog) can be enjoyed as part of the overall surreality of the story, rather than singled out as a black spot on the entire movie. Harmless, elegant fun.
posted by davidmsc at 6:19 AM on May 5, 2001

Well, as I first watched Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's, I had this very visceral reaction to him (not good.) That's the one part of the movie I really dread when it comes up.

Have to say, I absolutely love Funny Face - can't beat Audrey and Fred Astaire dancing and singing.
posted by shinyj at 7:30 AM on May 5, 2001

I'd have to agree with shinyj. I only saw Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time a few months ago (dubbed in French) and Mickey's entrance was jarring to say the least. I was really shocked and then reminded myself that people used to find this sort of caricature "entertaining".
posted by xiffix at 11:03 AM on May 5, 2001

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