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A Google Doodle In Honor Of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn Google Doodle

Cynthia:  Today would have been Audrey Hepburn‘s 85th birthday and Google decided to honor her with her very own Google Doodle.

Marcy:  I heard. It’s also Star Wars day and us fans are disappointed that Google didn’t doodle Darth.

Cynthia:  I like Star Wars too but Audrey deserves the doodle.

Marcy:  Really? Darth Vader is my hero.

Cynthia:  Well, you certainly do breathe like him a lot of the time.

Marcy:  Thank you.

Cynthia:  Sorry though, Audrey still deserves the doodle. Not only was she a great actress and fashion icon, she was an incredible humanitarian. She traveled all over the world with UNICEF to help starving and malnourished children and support immunization and clean drinking water programs.

Marcy:  Why’d she do that?

Cynthia:  Because her heart was humongous.

She felt a strong emotional calling to help children. As a child, Audrey and her family barely survived World War II. She would see malnourished children leaving on trains to go to German concentration camps and she couldn’t do anything about it. She was a kid. And she was starving too.

Marcy: Gasp!

Cynthia:  I know, I know. But look at what she did with her life! What joy and creativity and giving back! And doing it all so stylishly. That’s why she got the Google Doodle and Star Wars didn’t. Plus…you know what…

Marcy and Cynthia:  SHE LOVED CATS!!

Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Still From Breakfast At Tiffany’s


Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Happy Birthday to Audrey and her Humongous Heart.

Marcy:  And may the fourth be with you.

 

*Audrey Hepburn’s Children’s Fund is still active and helping children throughout the world. You can check it out here.

*The artist of the Audrey Google Doodle is Jennifer Hom. You can check out Google’s blog to find out how she came up with the design and to see some early drafts of the doodle. It’s pretty neat.


*Even more Audrey Hepburn and Cat photos!

Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Photo by Richard Avedon
Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Audrey Hepburn and Cat
Photo Still from Breakfast At Tiffany’s



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13 Comments

  • Reply GnomeLover May 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

    I saw that drawing today on Google, but did not realize who it was. So cool! I do not think there is anyone in the world who does not like Audrey Hepburn. She was amazing! I had no idea she loved cats. I like her even more now! : ). Gosh, was she ever beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing and remembering.

    Jenni

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      She really is universally liked! I think it is because she emanates kindness and strength.
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Wow! I had no idea she was such a humanitarian!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Isn't it wonderful? She did so much!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply withwonderandwhimsy May 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    This is darling, Cynthia! Marcy surprised me with her sincerity. Maybe she just wanted to get drunk off of tuna juice, but I appreciate her gesture just the same. I like that you used this opportunity to share lesser known facts about Audrey Hepburn. It's a sweet tribute to her and her legacy. I grew up watching her movies with my grandparents, so I've always been an admirer of her style and quirky humor, but it was nice to get schooled on some different sides of her. Thanks! For the laughs, too.

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Oh, thank you, Liz!
      I didn't even go into half of it. for example, during the war she pretended to be Dutch since being an English girl in the Netherlands would have put her in even greater danger than she was already in. Her dream was to be a ballerina but that was dashed since she spent so many years malnourished.
      I am still trying to figure out how long a blog post should be and how much "not happy" stuff I can put into a post and how many pictures and then the whole cat vs. fashion thing. I really don't want to ever turn my readers off!
      xo,cynthia

    • Reply Merrie K. May 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      wow! i forgot to mention that…i had no idea that she wasn't american and lived during WW2. That's really interesting about her wanting to become a ballerina…she definitely has the shape/ look for it. I know it's a struggle to find a right balance in posts, but I love history and cats, so I would've loved to know more. How did you learn all of this about her?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Hi Merrie! I knew about some of it already just from living in Los Angeles and being surrounded by the film industry. In my '20's I was in an acting class where a lot of us were into reading actor biographies. Also, the neat thing about the Google Doodles is that if you click on them they give you a brief history and link to the Wikipedia page of whatever subject or person they are featuring.
      Thanks for the encouragement about finding the right balance!!!!
      xo,cynthia

    • Reply Merrie K. May 8, 2014 at 1:13 am

      cool…that's good to know…i always wonder what some of their doodles are about 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous May 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I remember seeing Breakfast at Tiffany's and being so taken with Audrey. She had the same quiet, elegant simplicity that Jackie Kennedy had. I wish those styles would return. It's challenging to figure out the layering and mismatching that is required today. Audrey would not have had time for philanthropy.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      You can still do Audrey's style! Forget the layering and mismatching and go for simple!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Merrie K. May 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I was wondering what that Google image was of…now it makes sense! I didn't know that about Audrey, that she was such humanitarian (and cat-atarian), but that's really cool. I always learn new stuff on your blog 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch May 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you, Merrie! I do love those Google Doodles. I thought the artist on this one really captured her life – from that iconic picture – the pink – and the dancing children. She really got it right!
      xo,cynthia

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