Jennifer Loves Audrey

11/02/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

"Party of Five" and "Time of Your Life" star Jennifer Love Hewitt was named Fun, Fearless Female of the Year by Cosmopolitan magazine yesterday. She celebrated at New York's Plaza Hotel with a party along with 11 other honorees, who included soul diva Mary J. Blige, model Elizabeth Hurley, "The View" star Lisa Ling and actresses Heather Donahue, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Hayley Mills. Hewitt, soon to be seen in a TV biopic on style icon Audrey Hepburn, told PEOPLE that she first learned about Hepburn when she was about eight years old and asked her mother what kind of woman she expected Jennifer to become. "She said, 'I think you'll be a little bit like me, hopefully, and a little bit like your grandma, because you love her a lot. But this is who I would want you to grow up to be like.' And she showed me 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' " Hewitt, 20, admits she was too young to understand the story (about a high-class call girl), but "the moment Audrey hit the screen . . . I just knew that I was in love with her and wanted to be her as much as possible."

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