Google doodle celebrates elegance (and more) of Audrey Hepburn

To celebrate not Star Wars day, but the birthday of Audrey Hepburn, Google takes one more step in making women more prominent in its doodles.

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Simple. But not quite as elegant as the real thing. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

She was like Kim Kardashian. In absolutely no way whatsoever.

Audrey Hepburn, however, as well as being stunningly, painfully beautiful, did do one thing that so many publicity-seeking so-called stars have done since: she was perhaps the first to get together with a designer to model her public image at every step.

In her case, it was Hubert de Givenchy. She became the brand. Givenchy became her. She became, indeed, the most famous little-black-dress wearer in the world.

So in celebrating what would have been her 85th birthday, Google struggles, for once, to put across the essence of the person being celebrated -- the sheer elegance that Hepburn represented. Or, rather, it didn't want to focus on just her elegance.


When one clicks on the doodle, the first search term that appears isn't that of Hepburn's life or film career. It is to the official site of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, which works on behalf of disadvantaged children.

Within the doodle, too, we see images of children at play.

Here we have a simple illustration in pink, but one that doesn't quite reflect the true impact of her aura.

At least, though, Google's doodlers felt it appropriate to replace only one of the middle "o"s of its name, rather than the first "G" as well.

Hepburn -- real name Audrey Kathleen Ruston -- is probably best known for her role in "Breakfast At Tiffany's," in which she plays what many assume is a prostitute. (Trailer above.)

Once she was done with Hollywood (to a considerable extent because she wasn't offered roles that reflected her skills as an actress), she worked extensively for UNICEF and died of cancer in 1993.

She managed in her career to win awards at the Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys, and the Grammys. Not many people can say that.

Google has been criticized for not featuring enough women in its doodles. Indeed, Time magazine reported that 80 percent of the doodles since 2010 have been of men -- or as Time charmingly put it, Dude-les.

This is anything but a Dude-le.

 

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