Aug 10, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Emma Thompson on Audrey Hepburn

"I'm not hugely fond of [My Fair Lady]. I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee. ... Twee is whimsy without wit. It is mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman — and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it really." — Emma Thompson
I'm clearly more of a fan than Thompson but the thing that has always grated on me is the girlishness; the desexualised, Pannish quality that allowed her to play nuns so easily. I will get into great trouble with my wife for saying this, but I don't think I've ever been entirely happy with any movie featuring nuns. Excepting their use in dream sequences, I've spent most of my moviegoing life in flight from the wimple.


  1. Oddly, one instance where Hepburn does show an ability to convey sexual tension is in her brief interplay with Peter Finch in. . .The Nun’s Story. Hope that observation doesn't get ME in trouble.

    When she's cast opposite a young actor (or Cary Grant) I do think she has some fire, although her innate gentility meant she was never going to be Ava Gardner.

  2. That's true. I do like her and Grant in Charade, where he is more the object of desire than she is — which allows her all that flirting-with-an-Icon stuff about his dimple and shaving etc.

  3. I don't think a woman has to be overtly sexy in order to be attractive and graceful, even the sexiest women are overly-so, crass, and rude/clumsy. Audrey had a true grace of spirit and Mrs. Thompson would be lucky to be as great an icon, actress, or genuine person that Hepburn was. But I guess since men can't stick their d***s in a woman's personality and true elegance that they go for women like Megan Fox or that other girl from "Transformers." Shallow personality,shallow thoughts, shallow relationships.