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Around the World

Jacqueline Kennedy in Agra, India
Ava Gardner in Pakistan
Gina Lollobrigida in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marlene Dietrich in London, England
Sophia Loren in Moscow, Russia
Brigitte Bardot in Rome, Italy
Elizabeth Taylor in Iran
Marilyn Monroe in Tokyo, Japan
Audrey Hepburn in Ethiopia

“When I began to make films I was physically very different from the ideal Italian beauty. Loren and Lollobrigida were much more acceptable. But something happened with Michelangelo and myself. Together we invented some stories, using little bits of autobiography, some in L’Avventura, some in La Notte. I was living material.

Antonioni was the only Italian director who told the woman’s story. The only creative man to take their problems seriously. After me, he didn’t make stories about women. When we parted I had to change. I wanted to do comedy, but it was difficult to get the audience to accept me, they were waiting for this tortured, neurotic woman.”

Monica Vitti


Maxim’s is a restaurant in Paris known for its Art Nouveau interior decor. Jean Cocteau said of Maxim’s: “It was an accumulation of velvet, lace, ribbons, diamonds and what all else I couldn’t describe.” It was immensely popular with the international celebrities of the 1950s. In 1981 the fashion designer Pierre Cardin bought it.
Maxim’s was featured in the movies Gigi, Bonjour Tristesse and Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterpiece Grand Illusion.
It was also the background for scandal, such as the headline grabbing moment when Brigitte Bardot was photographed leaving the restaurant barefoot in 1967.


Audrey + People:

With Ava Gardner (Via timelessaudrey); Bette Davis (Via onthesetwithaudreyhepburn); Rex Harrison and Joan Crawford (Here); Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti; Billy Wilder, Mel Ferrer, Maurice Chevalier and James Stewart; Eddie Fisher, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Ferrer, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner; Barbra Streisand; Loretta Young (Here); Gene Kelly (Here); Gina Lollobrigida.


Directors declare #ImWithHer

Debbie Allen | Elizabeth Banks Lena Dunham | Gillian Robespierre | Barbra Streisand | Madonna Gurinder Chadha | Elizabeth Wood

Not pictured:
Lake Bell | Zoe Cassavetes Ava DuVernay | Catherine Hardwicke | Natalie Portman Gina Prince-Bythewood | Dee Rees | Lorene Scafaria | Amy Seimetz| Lynn Shelton | Elisabeth Subrin


Next to a Painting

Some identified paintings:

Gina Lollibrigida and The Clothed Maja by Francisco de Goya
Dolores del Rio and Marlene Dietrich next to the Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait
Elizabeth Taylor and Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh
Marilyn Monroe and Motherhood by Pablo Picasso
Sophia Loren and Woman With a Green Necklace by Amedeo Modigliani
Jayne Mansfield and Mona Lisa, La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci

“Sex appeal is something that you feel deep down inside. It’s suggested rather than shown. I’m not as well-stacked as Sophia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida, but there is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much appeal fully clothed, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

- Audrey Hepburn