January 25, 2007

Audrey Hepburn had this really great way of expressing frustration, exhaustion, anger and sadness all in one powerful syllable that just dared you not to pour sympathy at her feet. I get mixed up, but I think in “My Fair Lady” she delivered it after the big ball and she successfully fooled everyone into thinking she was Hungarian royalty, and then back at the house Higgins still treats her like a research rat, and she was all disappointed cause she thought he really cared and all that stuff. And then in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” when she’s been found out and, well, I forget the circumstances, but she doesn’t want to go home to Arkansas with Jed Clampett, and she turns to George Peppard (who just dump his sugarmama), and maybe that’s when she throws her cat out.
Anyway, it’s this “Ooooooooooooouuuuuuuhhhhhh,” and at the end there’s a little bit of sound that’s like an “r” combined with an “m,” that’s almost gutteral but is more from the gut, like she’s just pushed the last atom of oxygen out of her body and her tonsils are about to come out.
It’s very dramatic, and Myowndaughter has it down to a T! She can even do it back-to-back in one tantrum! And she hasn’t even seen those movies!
She’s chock full O’ talent, this kid.


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