Friday, 18 January 2013

20 Years On - Clinton Inauguration and Audrey Hepburn Dies

Twenty years ago this coming Sunday (20th January 1993) was the historic date shared by the inauguration of a US President and the passing of a movie superstar.

The inauguration of the 42nd US President marked the beginning of the first 4 year term of Bill Clinton as president and Al Gore as his deputy. Held in the capital Washington DC, Clinton was to be the first Democrat elected to be the leader of the western world for 12 years, taking over from George HW Bush and Dan Quayle.

Much has been written about the terms served by Clinton. From the Monica Lewinsky affair to impeachment, and his role in the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland (amongst others), upon leaving office, his Gallup Poll rating of 66% was the highest approval rating of any post war President, 3 points clear of both JFK and Ronald Reagan.

How did you rate the presidency of Bill Clinton?
What will he be best remembered for?

Please feel free to comment...... 


On that same date, the World was saddened to hear of the passing of the lovely Audrey Hepburn. The Belgian born, British actress was not only one of the greatest ever female screen legends, but also a fashion and style icon.

Remembered for such great movies as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday (definitely one of Tatty’s favourites) and starring on Broadway as Gigi, as time went by she cut back on her acting work, devoting time to her role as an UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

At the age of only 63, she died in her sleep of appendiceal cancer and is buried at Tolochenaz Cemetery in her adopted Switzerland.

She had been quoted as saying that “my career was a complete mystery to me, a total surprise from the first day. I never thought I was going to be an actress; I never thought I was going to be in movies. I never thought it would all happen the way it did.” 

Not at all bad for someone ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema, and placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. 

What are your memories of Audrey?
As mentioned earlier, I am still a great fan of Roman Holiday - which was your favourite film?
How do you think Audrey rates in the all-time female screen legends? 

Please feel free to comment.... 

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