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AUDREY, HER LIFE OF LOVING AND LOSING

 

 

Audrey Hepburn

 

I probably hold the distinction of being

 

one movie star who, by all laws of logic,

 

should never have made it.At each stage

 

of my career, I lacked the experience.

 

-Audrey Hepburn

 

THERE probably never will be another actress on the silver screen who

projects as much radiance, charm, and elegant beauty as Audrey Hepburn

did. She arrived in Hollywood at a time when impossibly upholstered

blondes dominated the town like a tribe of buxom Amazons, and quietly

introduced an enchanting brand of doe-eyed, nymph-like incandescence,

fused with a gamine chic and sophistication, that provided a novel

alternative to the lush prototype of the day. The physical antithesis of

home-grown glamour queens like Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, Hepburn

was slender, tomboyish, and singularly ethereal. Director Billy Wilder

once commented of the eminently photogenic actress, "After so many

drive-in waitresses--it has been a real drought--here is class, somebody

who went to school, can spell, and possibly play the piano. . . She's a

wispy, thin little thing, but you're really in the presence of somebody

when you see that girl."

 

The daughter of an English banker and a Dutch baroness, Hepburn

received ballet training during her upbringing in the Nazi-occupied

Netherlands (she performed in underground concerts to raise funds for

the Dutch Resistance during the war, as well as acted as a courier).

Also an experienced model and occasional actress, she was appearing in a

bit-part capacity on a film shoot in the South of France when she met

the French author Colette, who offered her the title role in a Broadway

adaptation of her novel, Gigi. Following that auspicious Stateside

debut, Hepburn's reed-like elegance was used to smashing effect in her

lead role of a runaway princess in the romantic comedy Roman Holiday

(1953), in which she starred opposite Gregory Peck. She scored the Best

Actress Oscar for her performance in the film, not to mention instant

international fame.

 

Hepburn would go on to score four more Oscar nominations over the

course of her film career: for her fetching chauffeur's daughter in

Sabrina (1954); her conflicted woman of God in The Nun's Story (1959);

her unforgettable Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961); and

her terrorized blind woman in Wait Until Dark (1967). In her memorable

portrayal of guttersnipe turned gentlewoman Eliza Doolittle in My Fair

Lady (1964), she relayed a certain flair for Cockney-speak, if not for

singing (her musical segments were dubbed), and she scored a direct hit

with her delightful performance as Albert Finney's bickering wife in

Stanley Donen's Two for the Road (1967). Hepburn's appearances in film,

while rare, were uniformly enchanting, but not necessarily because she

was all that brilliant an actress--quite simply, Audrey Hepburn didn't

have to act, she just had to be.

 

Hepburn devoted most of her time in the 1970s to raising her

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