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PostSubject: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:58 pm


Audrey Hepburn in a screen test for Roman Holiday (1953)
which was also used as promotional material
Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century.
Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Arnhem, she studied ballet before moving to London in 1948 where she continued to train in ballet while working as a photographer's model. Upon deciding to pursue a career in acting, she performed as a chorus girl in various West End musical theatre productions.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:01 pm

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn gained instant Hollywood stardom for playing the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953).

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:03 pm


Actors Eddie Albert, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn all sit on a
Vespa scooter during the shooting of "Roman Holiday" in Rome in 1953.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:05 pm


Audrey Hepburn in the 1953 film "Roman Holiday."
She won an Oscar for Best Actress portraying royalty who lets
loose with an American journalist played by Gregory Peck in Italy.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:07 pm


Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday" (1953).

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:08 pm


Audrey Hepburn in a publicity photo for "Roman Holiday."

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:14 pm


In "Sabrina" (1954), Audrey Hepburn played the daughter of a chauffeur caught in the
live sof with two very wealthy men, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:17 pm


With William Holden in Sabrina (1954)

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:19 pm


Audrey Hepburn holds a poodle as William Holden looking on in this scene from "Sabrina."

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:30 pm

In 1952, Hepburn was engaged to the young James Hanson, whom she had known since her London dancing days. She called it "love at first sight"; however, after having her wedding dress fitted and the date set, she decided the marriage would not work because the demands of their careers would keep them apart most of the time. She issued a statement about her decision, saying, "When I get married, I want to be really married."
In the early 1950s, she also dated future Hair producer Michael Butler.
Hepburn and Gregory Peck bonded during the filming of Roman Holiday (1953) and there were rumours that they were romantically involved; both denied it. Hepburn, however, added, "Actually, you have to be a little bit in love with your leading man and vice versa. If you're going to portray love, you have to feel it. You can't do it any other way. But you don't carry it beyond the set." They did however become lifelong friends.
During the filming of Sabrina (1954), Hepburn and the already-married William Holden became romantically involved. She hoped to marry him and have children, but she broke off the relationship when Holden revealed that he had undergone a vasectomy.
Although a common perception that Bogart and Hepburn (both starred in Sabrina together) did not get along, Hepburn commented that, "Sometimes it's the so-called 'tough guys' that are the most tender hearted, as Bogey was with me."
At a cocktail party hosted by Gregory Peck, Hepburn met American actor Mel Ferrer. Ferrer recalled that, "We began talking about theatre; she knew all about the La Jolla Playhouse Summer Theatre, where Greg Peck and I had been co-producing plays. She also said she'd seen me three times in the movie Lili. Finally, she said she'd like to do a play with me, and she asked me to send her a likely play if I found one." Ferrer, vying for Hepburn to take the title role, sent her the script for the play Ondine. She agreed and rehearsals started in January 1954. Eight months later, on 24 September 1954, after meeting, working together and falling in love, the pair were married[66] while preparing to star together in the film War and Peace (1955).

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer arriving in Rome on Sept. 29, 1954,
after they were married.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:36 pm


Hepburn and Mel Ferrer on the set of War and Peace (1955)
Before having their only son, Hepburn had two miscarriages in March 1955 and in 1959. The latter occurred when filming The Unforgiven (1960) where breaking her back after falling off a horse and onto a rock resulted in hospital stay and miscarriage induced by physical and mental stress. Hepburn, therefore, took a year off work in order to successfully have a child. Sean Hepburn Ferrer, their son, whose godfather was the novelist A. J. Cronin who resided near Hepburn in Lucerne, was born on 17 July 1960. Despite the insistence from gossip columns that the marriage would not last, Hepburn claimed that she and her husband were inseparable and very happy together yet admitting that he had a bad temper. Ferrer was rumoured to be too controlling of Hepburn and had been referred to by others as being her Svengali an accusation that Hepburn laughed off. William Holden was quoted as saying, "I think Audrey allows Mel to think he influences her." Despite their marriage of 14 years, the pair lasted until 5 December 1968, separated and divorced. Their son believed that Hepburn had stayed in the marriage too long. In June 2008, Mel Ferrer died of heart failure at the age of ninety.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:42 pm


Fashion photographer Richard Avedon talks to actress Audrey Hepburn,
during a photo session in Los Angeles, on April 24, 1956.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 5:53 pm


Hepburn in a studio publicity portrait for 1957

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:48 pm

Audrey Kathleen Ruston, later double-barrelled by her father to the surname Hepburn-Ruston, the only child of Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston (18891980), an English banker of Irish descent, and his second wife Ella, baroness van Heemstra (19001984), a Dutch aristocrat, had two half-brothers: Jonkheer Arnoud Robert Alexander "Alex" Quarles van Ufford (19201979) and Jonkheer Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford (19242010), by her mother's first marriage.
Although born in Belgium, Hepburn had British citizenship and attended school in England as a child. Hepburn's father's job with a British insurance company meant that the family often travelled between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands.

By the mid-1950s, Hepburn was not only one of the biggest motion picture stars in Hollywood, but also a major fashion influence. Her gamine and elfin appearance and widely recognised sense of chic were both admired and imitated. In 1955, she was awarded the Golden Globe for World Film Favorite Female.
Having become one of Hollywood's most popular box-office attractions, she went on to star in a series of successful films during the remainder of the decade, including her BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated role as Natasha Rostova in War and Peace (1956), an adaptation of the Tolstoy novel set during the Napoleonic wars with Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda.

in War and Peace (1956)

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:31 am

The year 1957 saw her debut in musical film titled Funny Face which saw her perform alongside Fred Astaire; she also starred alongside Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier in the romantic comedy Love in the Afternoon. The Nun's Story (1959), in which she starred alongside Peter Finch, accrued her third Academy Award nomination and earned her another BAFTA Award. Films in Review stated that her performance "will forever silence those who have thought her less an actress than a symbol of the sophisticated child/woman. Her portrayal of Sister Luke is one of the great performances of the screen." Reportedly, she spent hours in convents and with members of the Church to bring truth to her portrayal: "I gave more time, energy and thought to this than to any of my previous screen performances."
Subsequently, she starred with Anthony Perkins in the romantic adventure Green Mansions (1959) where Perkins, a young man, meets "a girl of the forest" (Hepburn) and falls in love with her. In 1960, she appeared alongside Burt Lancaster and Lillian Gish in her only western film The Unforgiven for which she received lukewarm reception.

Shirley MacLaine and Hepburn in the trailer for The Children's Hour (1961)

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:34 am


Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from the 1961 movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
The classic Blake Edwards comedy, based on the novel by Truman Capote, was not a huge success when it was first released 50 years ago, but has since attained iconic status - from the fashions Hepburn wore to the lilting music of Henry Mancini. But it was Hepburn who solidified her status as a Hollywood icon with her performance as a young woman torn by love in the concrete canyons of New York City.

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:39 am


Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:47 am


George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).
In Truman Capote's novel, published in 1958, Holly Golightly is a young (18 or 19) girl from the country who comes to New York City to snare a wealthy husband and entertains her fair share of men looking for one. Golightly was not "precisely" a call-girl, Capote told Playboy magazine in a 1968 interview, but said she was a prototype of liberated females, "representative of a "whole breed of girls who live off men but are not prostitutes. They're our version of the geisha girl."

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:01 am


in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:05 am


Audrey Hepburn sings "Moon River" in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

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George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn kiss in the rain in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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PostSubject: Re: Audrey Hepburn    Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:00 am


A poster for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961).

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