Audrey Hepburn, cycle and dog chic, 1957

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    Audrey Hepburn at Paramount Studios.

    "Ever see Audrey Hepburn on a bicycle? No, me neither. Catherine Deneuve? Nope. The very notion of either of them, surely two of the most elegant women the world has ever known, getting into the gear and clambering on board a bike is a full-frontal assault on beauty."
    Roslyn Dee, columnist, Irish Daily Mail, February 2nd 2008

    In fact, Audrey Hepburn was pretty much born on a bike. She lived in the Netherlands during part of the Second World War and rode her bike for the Dutch resistance: "I stuffed [illegal leaflets] in my woollen socks in my wooden shoes, got on my bike and delivered them."

    More on her wartime experiences here:

    Adrian Fitch, DaveP SS-L, hansdorsch, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. maddeux 63 months ago | reply

      This photo is amazing on so very many levels. I'd never seen it before today...

      As a lover of bikes and Audrey Hepburn, thanks for sharing the image. A beautiful capture. Focus and framing are perfect.

    2. elder.flower 62 months ago | reply

      Love this photo.

    3. elder.flower 62 months ago | reply

      Sorry; meant to say:-

      Love this photo - how did cycling stop being cool?

    4. Simon Nuttall 62 months ago | reply

      Hmm, I'm a little disappointed with this image, as she's clearly posing - rather than genuinely using a bike.

      She has got her right leg in a slightly awkward position - certainly not suitable for starting off.

      But great hair!

    5. Gerry Bowles 61 months ago | reply

      Even if this is posed it's still a positive comment on cycling as the studio must have had their market in mind, suggesting their PR viewed cycling as a 'normal' activity.

    6. happy d 54 months ago | reply

      I can't remember where I heard this, but apparently she rode a bicycle a lot!

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