REMEMBERING AUDREY HEPBURN™
The extraordinary life of Audrey Hepburn was remembered at a glittering black tie dinner in London on Saturday, 6 October 2018.
Organised by Square Rock Group, the evening charted the life of a true icon from traumatic beginnings to her role as an outstanding fashion icon with a stunning Hollywood career. Audrey became one of the greatest female screen legends of all time after starting out as a chorus girl with a background in ballet.
The 1953 film Roman Holiday provided the lead role for Audrey, and her astounding performance ensured that she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for a single film.
A number of successful films followed including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady, with an abundance of accolades for one of the world’s most glamorous ladies who was, at heart, a caring mother.
Audrey’s younger son, Luca Dotti, described the path of her life during a conversation with CNBC presenter Tania Bryer. Luca spoke about his mother’s career, her humanitarian work and the fact that she was, first a foremost, a mum.
Another riveting speech was made by Leanne, the wife of Square Rock Group’s joint CEO Marc Silver. Leanne was celebrating 10 years in remission from Hodgkin Lymphoma.
The entertainment for the evening proved to be nothing short of spectacular. The platinum-selling vocal harmony group, The Overtones, ensured that the dance floor was crowded. ‘Forces Sweetheart’ Kirsten Orsborn and sax genius Julian Smith ‘wowed’ the audience with top class performances.
Georgina Hilton, Christie’s award winner, wielded the gavel and supervised the bidding at an exciting auction. There was great interest in dinner for two with Downton Abbey stars; photographs of Audrey by Terry O’ Neill and Douglas Kirkland; and an artistic creation by Lipstick Lex.
The raffle prizes included a ‘Roman Holiday’ for two people at the five-star Palazzo Manfredi including dinner with Luca Dotti, all kindly donated by Your Escape Ltd. There was also a weekend break at the Fairmont Montreux Palace, Switzerland, with tickets to the 2019 Montreux Jazz Festival.
‘Remembering Audrey Hepburn™’ raised tens of thousands of pounds for Lymphoma Action and EURORDIS-Rare Diseases Europe.