Google Doodle: Audrey Hepburn

If you look at Google today, you’ll see this:

Screen shot 2014-05-04 at 6.26.57 AMAnd if you click on it, you will go to a Google search for Audrey Hepburn. For, had she lived, Hepburn would have been 85 today (see the story at The Independent).  She died in 1993 at age 63; the cause was cancer of the appendix, a very rare disease.

To be honest, she wasn’t one of my favorite actresses, but I know that many loved her, especially as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I wasn’t moved by that performance, but more so by her Oscar-winning role in “Roman Holiday.”

Soon after her death, Gregory Peck, one of her best friends, did a tribute, as noted on her Wikipedia page:

After her death, Gregory Peck went on camera and tearfully recited her favourite poem, “Unending Love” by Rabindranath Tagore.

Here is that tribute:

Her picture should be in the dictionary next to the word “gamine”:



  1. Posted May 4, 2014 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I tend to think of Edie Sedgwick as gamine, Audrey was classic pulchritude.

  2. Dermot C
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I rather like this ruthlessly clear-eyed meditation on death.

    The To-be-forgotten
    I heard a small sad sound,
    And stood awhile among the tombs around:
    “Wherefore, old friends,” said I, “are you distrest,
    Now, screened from life’s unrest?”

    —”O not at being here;
    But that our future second death is near;
    When, with the living, memory of us numbs,
    And blank oblivion comes!

    “These, our sped ancestry,
    Lie here embraced by deeper death than we;
    Nor shape nor thought of theirs can you descry
    With keenest backward eye.

    “They count as quite forgot;
    They are as men who have existed not;
    Theirs is a loss past loss of fitful breath;
    It is the second death.

    “We here, as yet, each day
    Are blest with dear recall; as yet, can say
    We hold in some soul loved continuance
    Of shape and voice and glance.

    “But what has been will be —
    First memory, then oblivion’s swallowing sea;
    Like men foregone, shall we merge into those
    Whose story no one knows.

    “For which of us could hope
    To show in life that world-awakening scope
    Granted the few whose memory none lets die,
    But all men magnify?

    “We were but Fortune’s sport;
    Things true, things lovely, things of good report
    We neither shunned nor sought … We see our bourne,
    And seeing it we mourn.”


  3. Posted May 4, 2014 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Dear Dr. Coyne, I read all your WEIT’s with the greatest interest, and nearly total agreement on all issues. I did want to thank you especially for sharing the achingly beautiful tribute to Audrey Hepburn by Gregory Peck. My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary, and I forwarded your post to her; the poem says it all. Thanks, and most respectfully, Doug Scott Castine, ME

    Sent from my iPhone Alan “Doug” Scott (207) 610-9192


  4. onkelbob
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Her picture should be in the dictionary next to the word “gamine”

    Wikipedia page for gamine.

  5. Paul Spence
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I think How to Steal a Million was her best movie. Of course it also had the brilliant Peter O’Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith co-starring.

  6. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Cancer in a vestigial organ just seems so unfair! The appendix is there just to kill you, it seems.

    • Posted May 4, 2014 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Perfect design of a loving creator!


  7. mordacious1
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Ah Audrey…she’s absolutely bloomin lover-ly.

  8. Pieter Zwanepoel
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Aren’t you guys forgetting her blilliant performance in “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle? Even her performance in “Two for the Road” with Alberet Finney was commendable.

  9. worried secularist
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    My favourite Audrey movies are Charade, where she turns seductive, and Wait Until Dark, where she plays both for and against helpless gamine image.

  10. Posted May 4, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Robin and Marian

    She and Sean had a nice chemistry, plus Shaw as the Sheriff and Williamson as Little John – all directed by Richard Lester

    Worth a watch

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