Who is your favourite actor/actress of all time?

April 20, 2012 10:18 pm

I am completely obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. In particular Audrey. I wake up every morning desperately hoping that I have transformed in the night, so that I look just like her, with her delicate features and cropped hair, but alas, it’s my face looking back at me. They both had such an impact and it’s amazing that they are still influencing people today. I love the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I have watched it so many times but I never get bored with it. There is always something new that I notice each time. Perhaps a new outfit, or something Audrey or George Peppard says. Every time I think about eating a bar of chocolate or some crisps, I think about Audrey in her Little Black Dress. If I’m going to fit into one of those one day, there is no space for junk food! Vegetables and dip it is then.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a stylish classic, with Audrey at her elfin, elegant best. Rather than her acting though, I think she will be remembered for how stunning she looks in every single outfit she was dressed in, whether it was a classic little black dress or a simple white shirt and chinos. The most disappointing part of the film for me, was the presence of Mickey Rooney. I know he was there to provide broad comedy at the time, but it just makes me feel uncomfortable watching it. I didn’t feel that he and Audrey worked that well together, but that is simply my opinion. Nevertheless, the movie’s bittersweet romance, and its great sense of hip and heartless New York society in the late 1950s makes Breakfast at Tiffany’s a film that’s still well worth watching. Just fast-forward through the bits with Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi!

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles” – Audrey Hepburn

To give you an idea of how much I like Audrey and Marilyn, here is a photo of my lounge. My two bedrooms upstairs are just as bad-maybe I need help!!!

Archibald Alexander Leach, better known by his stage name Cary Grant, is my favourite male lead in a film. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and “dashing good looks”, Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men. North by Northwest is one of my favourite films of all time. It is a tale of mistaken identity, with an innocent man pursued across the United States by agents of a mysterious organization who want to stop his interference in their plans to smuggle out microfilm containing government secrets.

 

Time magazine called the film “smoothly troweled and thoroughly entertaining.”A. H. Weiler of The New York Times made it a “Critic’s Pick” and said it was the “year’s most scenic, intriguing and merriest chase”; Weiler complimented the two leads: “Cary Grant, a veteran member of the Hitchcock acting varsity, was never more at home than in this role of the advertising-man-on-the-lam. He handles the grimaces, the surprised look, the quick smile … and all the derring-do with professional aplomb and grace. In casting Eva Marie Saint as his romantic vis-à-vis, Mr. Hitchcock has plumbed some talents not shown by the actress heretofore. Although she is seemingly a hard, designing type, she also emerges both the sweet heroine and a glamorous charmer.

I think that both Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant are unique performers, because they provide a complete package. They have the talent, the looks, and also they were extremely kind people in their personal lives. They weren’t altered by their time in the spotlight and I think that has changed in modern times. People have become too fixated on knowing everything about the “celebrity lifestyle”, and tend to focus less on the actor’s talent.

 

Who is your favourite actor/actress of all time?

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