Theme Times – Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Born in Ixelles, Brussels, Hepburn spent parts of her childhood in Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. She studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam beginning in 1945 and with Marie Rambert in London starting in 1948. She began performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions and then had minor appearances in several films. Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by the French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

She rose to stardom in the romantic comedy Roman Holiday (1953), alongside Gregory Peck, for which she was the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. That same year Hepburn won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as: Sabrina (1954), in which Humphrey Bogart and William Holden compete for her affection; Funny Face (1957) a musical in which she sang her own song parts; the drama The Nun’s Story (1959); the romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961); the thriller-romance Charade (1963), opposite Cary Grant; and the musical My Fair Lady (1964), which won the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Picture. In 1967 she starred in the thriller Wait Until Dark receiving Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

After that she only occasionally appeared in films, one being Robin and Marian (1976) with Sean Connery. Her last recorded performances were in the 1990 documentary television series Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. She won three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role. In recognition of her film career, she received BAFTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and the Special Tony Award. She remains one of only 16 people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.

Later in life, she devoted much of her time to UNICEF, to which she had contributed since 1954. Then, she worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia between 1988 and 1992. In December 1992, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. A month later, she died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

I used to have a serious crush on Audrey Hepburn when l was younger. My father had a crush on her all of her life and his. When l was sorting out the administration on his estate two years ago, l was astonished at just how much he was a fan of her work and indeed herself. He had most of her films on either Video or DVD, he had signed autographs and collected Audrey Hepburn merchandise by the car load.

To him, Audrey Hepburn was the symbol of the ‘perfect’ woman. To me, l just enjoyed her talents as an actress and that she was really quite lovely but more importantly for me in her later years l simply admired the work she did for UNICEF. I was terribly saddened to hear of her death and taking her away at such a young age.

I have watched most of Audrey’s films and below are what l consider my 9 personal favourites. Some you may only be slightly aware of with others more so – but with Audrey’s career and variation of roles and co-stars it can be very hard to display a good range of her work when she had so many crackingly fine performances to select from and so l have opted to not simply show some of the usual suspects in the line up.

I have shown my favourites in a chronological sequence from her first of my personal favourites to my last with an additional few roles at the end. Audrey really stopped appearing in films in 1967 and much like Sean Connery did, Audrey decided to quit whilst she was on top. She also wanted to spend more time with her children and if you have watched the interview clip above, she states the very same. But equally she wished to do more charitable work with UNICEF. Whilst she stopped her main career with acting, she still appeared on the odd occasion in films but found it hard to find qualitable roles for her age.

She was only 63 when she sadly passed away from cancer, and in the interview above she was only 58, still young and still very much young at heart and at that time not too dissimilar to even today, quality and fair roles for middle aged actors were not ten a penny – you were either expected to play below your years or way above them.

Were you a fan and if so, what were your favourite performances?

0 – Secret People – 1952 – Bonus

When her father is murdered, Maria (Valentina Cortese) moves to London with her young sister. They live with Anselmo (Charles Goldner), a family friend, and resume a normal life. After a few years, Maria and her sister, Nora (Audrey Hepburn), visit Paris with Anselmo. There, Maria meets an old love, Louis (Serge Reggiani), who has become a radical and currently plots to assassinate a world leader. Louis uses Maria to enter London and then convinces her to begrudgingly join their terrorist group.

1 – Roman Holiday – 1953

Stuck with boredom in her luxurious confinement, a princess escapes from her guardians and falls in love with an American news reporter in Rome.

2 – Sabrina – 1954

Chauffeur’s daughter Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father’s rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David’s serious older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place.

3 – Funny Face – 1957

Dispatched on an assignment, New York City-based fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) is struck by the beauty of Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), a shy bookstore employee he’s photographed by accident, who he believes has the potential to become a successful model. He gets Jo to go with him to France, where he snaps more pictures of her against iconic Parisian backdrops. In the process, they fall for one another, only to find hurdles in their way.

4 – Love in the Afternoon – 1957

In Paris, a naive girl falls for the charms of an ageing playboy tycoon, much against the wishes of her detective father who’s been hired to catch the playboy red-handed with a client’s wife.

5 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961

Paul is a struggling writer who recently moves into a new apartment in New York. When he meets Holly, an eccentric but beautiful socialite, he hopelessly falls in love with her.

6 – Paris When It Sizzles – 1964

Romantic comedy about a vivacious young assistant of a veteran playboy Hollywood screenwriter who helps him over his writer’s block by acting out his chimera of fantasies of off-the-wall plots.

7 – How to Steal a Million – 1966

Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith) expresses his passion for art by forging masterpieces — and selling them at a hefty profit. The trouble starts when his reproduction of a prized sculpture winds up in a famous Paris museum. If experts determine that it is inauthentic, Bonnet’s reputation will be tarnished. That’s why his fetching daughter, Nicole (Audrey Hepburn), hires cat burglar Simon Dermott (Peter O’Toole) to steal the sculpture back before it’s too late.

8 – Two for the Road – 1967

Architect Mark Wallace (Albert Finney) and his wife, Joanna (Audrey Hepburn), travel to France to meet with an affluent client (Claude Dauphin). While there, they reflect on their first decade of marriage — memories of when they first met, of courtship and of road trips through the French countryside. As flirtation and playful quarreling turn to boredom with the banality of married life, the Wallaces struggle to rekindle their passion, while mutual infidelity threatens to tear them apart.

9 – Wait Until Dark – 1967

A recently blinded woman, is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment.

Bonus

Robin and Marian – 1976

An ageing Robin Hood returns from the Crusades after twenty years to woo and win Maid Marian one last time, but she has turned into a nun and does not fully welcome his return.

They All Laughed – 1981

The employees of New York City’s Odyssey Detective Agency can’t seem to prevent themselves from getting over-involved in their clients’ lives. When aging gumshoe John Russo (Ben Gazzara) is assigned to trail an Italian millionaire’s wife, Angela (Audrey Hepburn), he inevitably falls for her continental charm. His partner, Charles (John Ritter), is similarly unable to keep his hands off the woman he’s trailing — a winsome cheating spouse named Dolores (Dorothy Stratten).

Always – 1989 – Final Film Role – Hap

Aerial firefighter Pete (Richard Dreyfuss) risks himself and his vintage World War II airplane in a constant and death-defying quest to fight forest wildfires, much to the dismay of his girlfriend, Dorinda (Holly Hunter). His love for Dorinda and the advice of fellow pilot Al (John Goodman) convince Pete to give up his perilous career, but he flies one last mission. Pete heroically saves Al’s plane from certain destruction, but with supernatural consequences.

Bonus Too

Were you a fan also of Audrey Hepburn’s and if so, what were your favourite performances?

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13 thoughts on “Theme Times – Audrey Hepburn

  1. Beautiful in every way – and always mesmerizing. When she is on screen you pay attention to nothing ,and no one, else!

  2. There are a few I haven’t seen. I’m surprised you didn’t include The Childrens Hour. Pretty brave for the time. Shirley MacLaine and a young James Garner. One of my favorites. Wait Until Dark is spectacular!
    The Nuns Story too.

    I wasn’t a huge fan if Funny Face. I thought it was contrived and Astaire wasn’t that great.

    Thanks Rory! Audrey captured my heart in Roman Holiday… that smile at the end, and her eyes… just, WOW! And Gregory Peck too!😍

    Okay, I’ll quit gushing!🤐🤣🤣🤣

    1. Hey Grandma, well first and foremost my pleasure 🙂

      Secondly, it is difficult to display some titles when you are only in essence displaying 9 main films. But l wanted to show her diversity over showing what many consider to be her more popular miovies you know?

      The Nuns Story and The Children’s Hour were good films, but again, it comes down to such a wider range 🙂

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