February 21, 2011
Three memorable Oscar-winning performances. Janet Gaynor The diminutive Gaynor won the first lead actress Oscar in 1928 for "Seventh Heaven," "Street Angel" and "Sunrise. " (The Oscar that year was given out for multiple roles, the only time that was done). Audrey Hepburn After "Gigi" on Broadway and a few films, Hepburn became an overnight sensation, winning a lead actress Oscar as a princess on the lam in 1953's delightful "Roman Holiday. " James Cagney Though he came to fame in the 1930s for his tough guy gangster roles, he returned to his song-and-dance man vaudeville roots in 1942's "Yankee Doodle Dandy," winning an Oscar as George M. Cohan.
October 22, 2009 |
There are movie stars and then there are movie stars -- performers who have such a unique and often indescribable quality that their very name connotes the magic of the cinema. Audrey Hepburn was definitely a movie star . "Everybody loves Audrey," says Ian Birnie, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's film department. "No one ever looked or sounded like Audrey Hepburn -- not even remotely. She stood in complete opposition to the '50s bombshell women -- the Marilyns, the Jane Russells and Janet Leighs."
March 3, 2009 |
The gladiators charge each other with a great clashing and crashing of arms and armor. It's hard to say who looks more fearsome: Atropo or Taurus. Atropo, the towering Germanic barbarian, wears a mask of black war paint, a headband over her blond hair and a brown tunic and leggings. She wields a trident in one hand and whirls a net in the other. Taurus, the compact Roman, is a tattooed mass of muscle beneath a battered metal helmet that covers all but his eyes.
September 3, 2007 |
HERE IN THE MODERN United States, we tend to believe we've achieved a kinder, gentler workplace that honors 9-to-5ers with a special day off in early September, especially when compared with the workaday world of the past. But 2,000 years ago, workers in Athens, Rome and other cities around the Mediterranean got far more recognition -- and time off -- than we do. Their calendars were crowded with occupation-specific festivals.
June 2, 2004 |
Tuscany's out; Lazio's in. Lazio, in case your geography's rusty, is the region halfway down Italy's western coast, in the middle of which sits Rome. Rome isn't known as one of the world's -- or even Italy's -- great food cities, perhaps because the cooking's fairly simple, and there's a shortage of the kind of restaurants the Michelin guide would want to shower with stars. But visit Rome and you will eat very, very well.
January 23, 2003 |
Super Bowl? How could anyone possibly be interested in oversized, sweaty men butting heads when AMC is offering an Audrey Hepburn marathon at the same time? "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Roman Holiday," "Sabrina," "My Fair Lady" and other Hepburn hits will be broadcast throughout Super Bowl Sunday, so why not gather some friends for an all-about-Audrey party? Here are suggestions for ways to kick-start the fun.