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Are you an Audrey Hepburn or a Grace Kelly?


How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace, by Jordan Christy (Center Street)

"You need to completely disregard that impulse to race back to your room and blog that you've just met the man of your dreams. … Guys don't want to hear that you're planning their wedding or naming their unborn children (even if you are!) so let's skip the emotional Facebook updates and the tell-all Twitters."

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A Touch of Grace: How to be a Princess, the Grace Kelly Way, by Cindy De La Hoz (Running Press)

"Find common ground: Asked what attracted her to Prince Rainier, Grace said, 'Most things attractive in a person are things you cannot describe. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and we have the same religion. We seem to agree on most things.' "


How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

"Elizabeth Taylor once said, 'I've only slept with men I've been married to.' How many women can make that claim? Not many! … Just remember that you are the ultimate goal, and giving yourself up on the first night leaves nothing for him to pursue."

A Touch of Grace

"Grace doesn't throw everything at you in the first five seconds. Some girls give you everything they've got at once, and there it is - there is no more. But Grace is like a kaleidoscope: one twist, and you get a whole new facet." - George Seaton, director of The Country Girl.

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How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

"If we're finding ourselves investing in acquaintances who aren't contributing to our overall happiness, we shouldn't be afraid to politely excuse ourselves from the relationship. This obviously doesn't have to be a ruthless or cruel process: Simply let them know you're busy trying to keep up with the demands of life and need more time than ever to focus on your real priorities."

A Touch of Grace

"Ava Gardner was Grace's co-star in Mogambo, and the two remained friends ever after. Ava wrote later about how touched she was that Grace never forgot her birthday. Without fail, a gift of some sort would turn up for her on her special day, along with a personal note written in Grace's hand."


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How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World

"It's no secret that it stinks to deprive yourself. When all you want is a piece of fudge ripple cake, it's out-and-out painful to instead force down a cardboard soy chip. … You don't have to take part in the vicious cycle of yo-yo eating/dieting, though, if you balance everything. "

A Touch of Grace

"Grace had a healthy appetite. [But]she would forgo the doughnuts placed at her disposal by the studio and start her day with a small bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, then she would fight hunger on the set by nibbling on carrots, celery, dried fruit and graham crackers."

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About the Author

Deirdre Kelly is a features writer for The Globe and Mail. She is the author of the best-selling Paris Times Eight and Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection (Greystone Books). More

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