Audrey Hepburn and her greatest movies

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was born in Ixelles, Belgium, but spent most of her youth in England. It was in England that she would perform at the musical theatre and appear in her first films. She did only play small roles in her first films of which the most known today is The Lavender Hill Mob (1951) made by the famous Ealing Studios. In the year that followed after that film she got her first important role as a ballerina (Hepburn had trained ballet in a conservatory for six years) in The Secret People (1952).

Girlish charm

Audrey Hepburn couldn’t be overseen as the fragile beauty, yet exuberant persona, with so much charm and such a big register as an actor.

Roman Holiday
Character: Princess Ann | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year: 1953 | Director: William Wyler
The breakthrough came in Roman Holiday, an impressive comedy directed by William Wyler. Hepburn plays a princess in Europe who by coincidence meets an American newsman, played by Gregory Peck. Audrey Hepburn couldn’t be overseen as the fragile beauty with so much charm and such a big register as an actor. After the success with Roman Holiday Hepburn signed a contract with Paramount, one of the big Hollywood companies.

Audrey Hepburn in chair

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina who dreams of an happier life.

Character: Sarbrina Fairchild | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year: 1954 | Director: Billy Wilder
Her first movie at Paramount was Sabrina (1954), with Billy Wilder in the director chair and Humphrey Bogart and William Holden to play opposite. The movie mix drama and comedy in great harmony and Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.

Love in the Afternoon
Character: Ariane Chavasse | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year: 1957 | Director: Billy Wilder
In Love in the Afternoon Audrey Hepburn again plays in a movie directed by Billy Wilder. She plays a cello student which father is a private detective. Without his knowledge she got involved in one of his cases concerning an American business man played by Gary Cooper.

Audrey Hepburn lying on bed

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in one of these mornings.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Character: Holly Golightly | Genre: Comedy, Drama | Year: 1961 | Director: Blake Edwards
After trying some new directions in her career by acting in a musical, an adventure and a western film, a more memorable was the romantic drama Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Here Audrey portrait a woman that is more unsecure then the earlier characters that was full of self confident and playfulness.

Movie clips with Audrey Hepburn.

In the same year as the Breakfast at Tiffany's Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine chares the leading roles in The Children’s Hour (1961) and again the director is William Wyler. The film is based on a stage play from 1934 (who was also filmed in the 1936 motion picture These Three) and the theme is about inmoral love. To make the theme about inmoral love more up to date anno 1961 it was modified to the taboo of love between two women. Today the scandal in the film may look like a bagatelle but then, in the middle of the twentieth century, it was not. Martha (MacLaine) and Karen (Hepburn) are teachers on a private school for girls, but after a rumor about the two having a love affair all the parents a taking their children from the school. MacLaine and Hepburn are both great and there are much tension because we don’t know for sure if the rumor is just a lie or not.

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