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New Audrey Hepburn documentary - with dance

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Several years ago I visited the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam. There was an exhibition devoted to Sonia Gaskell which featured photos and information on Audrey Hepburn, who trained with her from 1945, before some years later training with Marie Rambert. The photos suggested she was a highly promising dancer, hence her continued love for ballet.

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I so look forward to this documentary. 


Many moons ago - and in a different world - I had the privilege of meeting Audrey Hepburn.  I was asked to sit with her for about 20 minutes in a private room in the Schwartz Atrium at the Met and then escort her (when notified) in the underground tunnels so she could come up and go onto the stage at the Avery Fisher Hall (as it was then) appearing on the stage of a film programme which that evening celebrated her career.  I thought at the time I had been asked because I was undergoing cancer treatment and her own condition was then well known.  Thinking about it now it was more probable that they needed someone with security access.  (As it turned out we didn't speak of the disease at all.  We largely talked about the war.)  Her dance training was represented in her gait.  She seemed to glide somehow.  She had what I sometimes call a vulnerable confidence.  She was very thin at the time (as was I) but that did nothing but enhance that extraordinary facial balance of hers; those large eyes being as prominent as her embracing smile. Certainly the warmth of her laugh was every bit as dazzling as her stunning Dior dress.  That I do remember. 


When we got to the side of the stage, she turned and traced my cheek with the back of her hand and gently kissed the nape of my neck.  She then smiled, turned and walked from that private moment out to greet a madly cheering public.  I watched with tears in my eyes as they greeted that same dazzling smile.  It went on for minutes.  I then turned and went back through those tunnels floating on air. That meeting is something I will always hold dear in my heart.  


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