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Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn

The satirical American newspaper the Onion recently ran a story with the headline “College-Aged Female Finds Unlikely Kindred Spirit In Audrey Hepburn,” lampooning modern American girls’ continued fascination with the star (along with their habits of hanging posters of Breakfast At Tiffany’s in their dorm rooms).

What gives this slight starlet such staying power? A talented actress, an icon of fashion, a loving mother, and an active humanitarian, Hepburn remains one of the world’s most beloved women even two decades after her death. Ranked as the third greatest screen star of all time by the American Film Institute, she possessed grace and beauty that still enchant us today. The winner of the 1953 Academy Award for her role as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, she received further Academy Award nominations for SabrinaBreakfast at Tiffany’s, and Wait Until Dark. Her timeless, iconic style, both on and off screen, has long been admired, and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class, and elegance.

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburn’s star persona, exploring her journey from ingénue to UNICEF ambassador. The book looks at her iconographic relationship with female culture and fashion and situates Breakfast at Tiffany’s alongside the works of Edith Wharton and Sex and the City. 

112 pages | Illustrated in color throughout | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014

Fan Phenomena

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Table of Contents

Jacqui Miller

Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Fairy Tales and Transformation
Lynn Hilditch

Audrey is a Hep Cat Now
Jacqui Miller

Why is Hepburn So ’Audrey’?
Esperanza Miyake

Transformation, Fashion and Funny Face
Clair Molloy

Audrey Hepburn and the Popularization of the ’Little Black Dress’
Andrew Howe

’She’s Enchanting’: How Her Neglected Films Give Fans the Key to Audrey-ness
Jacqui Miller

The Making of an International Star: The Early Film Career and Star Image of Audrey Hepburn, 1948-54
Peter Krämer

Little Black Dress: Audrey, Fashion, and Fans
Armen Karaoghlanian

The Audrey Hat Trick
Francis Vose

Audrey Hepburn Syndrome: It’s a Girl (and Sometimes a Boy) Thing
Jacqui Miller

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