One of Audrey’s earliest onscreen lines was: “Who wants a ciggy?” She would go on to smoke in Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, How to Steal a Million, Paris When it Sizzles and Two for the Road.
The British brand Wills’ Gold Flake was her brand of choice (until they were taken off the market for high tar content) and later Kents. Audrey knew the dangers of smoking, so she often tried to cut down, but never managed to stop altogether. More often than not, her habit increased in times of stress.
In the evenings, Audrey was known to ask “Would you be very chocked if I poured myself a small whisky? It’s awfully early, I know, but it must be six o’clock somewhere in the world.” How could anyone deny her? Maybe that’s why the Rat Pack labeled her “The Princess.”
People magazine gave us a whole new perspective. “The day typically wound down with Heburn ambling around the house with a Kent cigarette and her nightly ‘two fingers’ of J&B Scotch.”
It was Elizabeth Taylor who said: “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.” It’s no wonder she and Audrey were good friends.