Friday, December 4, 2009

Audrey Friday




Audrey and James Hanson circa 1952
It is said that Audrey claimed that her relationship with James Hanson was 'love at first sight' and was engaged to him in 1952 for a year. While filming Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck  She approached the highly renowned Italian designers, the Fontana Sisters to design her gown. Sadly, that wedding was not meant to be as Audrey had other plans. At that point, she was reaching great heights in her career, and decided that “That the demands of their careers would keep them apart most of the time.” so she called the wedding off.

However, the dress that she had had made by the Fontana Sisters was still at their shop, and it needed to be dealt with, so what did Audrey do? She gave her gorgeous, custom made dress away...to a young Italian woman  from the town of Latina, Italy. You see Audrey had asked the Fontana Sisters to give the dress away, saying “I want my dress to be worn by another girl for her wedding, perhaps someone who couldn’t ever afford a dress like mine, the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find.” So The Fontana Sisters found Amabile Altobella,  a poverty stricken young Italian girl engaged to be married to a farm worker named Adelino Solda. Here is a quote from Amabile, “I have had a happy marriage, so the dress brought me luck.” What a lucky gal!

Just goes to show how generous, and kind Audrey was... and one of the many reasons why I admire her...
Courtesy of Kerry Taylor auctions. 




Fondly yours,

9 comments:

jordiegirl said...

Oh how very kind of Audrey to do that. I'm pleased to hear that the bride has had a wonderful marriage.

BaronessVonVintage said...

isn't the Audrey auction unbelievable. Sigh! By the way, you blog is looking WONDERFUL. LOVE the snow and colour (a slightly darker version of this was my wedding colour) and of course the pics of Audrey!

Gingerella said...

What a great story! I like your new layout with the snow falling too. :)

Madeleine Miranda said...

Such a touching story and wonderful pics!

Gingeyginge said...

Thank you for your comment...Love the falling snowflakes.

Keith said...

This is my first time at your blog. I absolutely love it. It's so cool. Have a great weekend. Cheers!

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a beautiful story to compliment a truly stunning gown. You share the loveliest facts about the eternally graceful Audrey, thank you, sweet heart!


Huge hugs & continued healing wishes,
♥ Jessica

camille said...

Audrey Hepburn was so intelligent and gracious and beautiful. Ahhhh....

Frollein von Sofa said...

oh wowwww !!! it snows on your blog ! that's the loveliest thing I have ever seen !!!!! have a great week ahead, kisses from berlin