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The Audrey Hepburn Story

Hepburn was signed to a seven-picture contract with Paramount, with 12 months in between films to allow her time for stage work.[64] She was featured on 7 September 1953 cover of Time magazine, and also became known for her personal style.[65] Following her success in Roman Holiday, Hepburn starred in Billy Wilder's romantic Cinderella-story comedy Sabrina (1954), in which wealthy brothers (Humphrey Bogart and William Holden) compete for the affections of their chauffeur's innocent daughter (Hepburn). For her performance, she was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Actress, while winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role the same year.[66] Bosley Crowther of The New York Times stated that she was "a young lady of extraordinary range of sensitive and moving expressions within such a frail and slender frame. She is even more luminous as the daughter and pet of the servants' hall than she was as a princess last year, and no more than that can be said."[67]

The Audrey Hepburn Story

Following The Nun's Story, Hepburn received a lukewarm reception for starring with Anthony Perkins in the romantic adventure Green Mansions (1959), in which she played Rima, a jungle girl who falls in love with a Venezuelan traveller,[74] and The Unforgiven (1960), her only western film, in which she appeared opposite Burt Lancaster and Lillian Gish in a story of racism against a group of Native Americans.[75]

Hepburn next starred as New Yorker Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), a film loosely based on the Truman Capote novella of the same name. Capote disapproved of many changes that were made to sanitise the story for the film adaptation, and would have preferred Marilyn Monroe to have been cast in the role, although he also stated that Hepburn "did a terrific job".[76] The character is considered one of the best-known in American cinema, and a defining role for Hepburn.[77] The dress she wears during the opening credits has been considered an icon of the twentieth century, and perhaps the most famous "little black dress" of all time.[78][79][80][81] Hepburn stated that the role was "the jazziest of my career"[82] yet admitted: "I'm an introvert. Playing the extroverted girl was the hardest thing I ever did."[83] She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

To commemorate Hepburn's prolific career and inspired life, Stacker compiled a list of 25 facts from Hepburn's life story that you may not know. To do so, we consulted newspaper articles, magazine accounts, biographies, film archives, film recordings, and reviews.

One of Hepburn's most iconic film roles was playing Holly Golightly in 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," based on a story by Truman Capote. The role earned Hepburn her fourth Academy Award nomination. Capote did not want Hepburn for the role; he had wanted it to go to Marilyn Monroe.

Speaking of. I used to wonder why this went straight to TV. Knowing how drawn out and over-extended it quite is it's not hard to see why anymore. Yet, for something that tries to be as detailed as can be, why not tell her whole story?

According to Matzen, Dr. Visser 't Hooft enlisted the teenage Hepburn to assist the resistance as "one of the ones [bringing] messages to families protecting Jews. She danced [to raise money] for the resistance, money to feed Jews in hiding. Nobody [wrote about] how enmeshed in the Jewish story she was."

Growing up during such a dark period in history undoubtedly affected Hepburn, yet miraculously it did not seem to imprint darkness on her psyche. As Matzen theorized, it somehow appeared to have the opposite effect. As he told the Times of Israel, "Here is a woman who, as a girl, experienced horrible things, and channeled them into beauty and positivity, spreading messages of peace and survival." 041b061a72


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