Here for the 1st time is the full, fascinating tale of an on-set romance that changed into a lifelong love tale among silver display legends Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. In 1954, Hepburn and Holden have been America’s sweethearts. either gained Oscars that yr and jointly they filmed Sabrina, a now-iconic movie that maintains to encourage the worlds of movie and fashion.
Audrey & Bill tells the tales of either stars, from ahead of they met to their electrifying first stumble upon after they started making Sabrina. the affection affair that sparked on-set was once particularly short-lived, yet was once a turning aspect within the lives of either stars. Audrey & Bill follows either Hepburn and Holden as their lives crisscrossed via to the top, delivering an within examine the Hollywood of the Nineteen Fifties, ’60s, and past. via in-depth examine and interviews with former acquaintances, co-stars, and studio staff, Audrey & Bill writer Edward Z. Epstein sheds new gentle at the stars and the interesting instances within which they lived.
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The valuables, which were knocking round MGM for years, was once in keeping with William Henry Hudson’s famous novel, eco-friendly Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical wooded area. The movie grew to become out badly, and Mel wouldn't direct Audrey in one other. “Audrey, as Rima, the chook lady, lays an egg,” quipped one critic. Mel’s dream—of having fun with a Vivien Leigh-Laurence Olivier–type partnership along with his wife—was over. Audrey took a yr off, and on July 17, 1960, Sean Hepburn Ferrer used to be born. Her go back to the display, in 1961, used to be remarkable in one other signature function as memorable because the characters she performed in Roman vacation and Sabrina. Breakfast at Tiffany’s forged an not likely Audrey as Holly Golightly, a job writer Truman Capote had sought after his good friend Marilyn Monroe to play (both actresses have been a decade too outdated for the nature as conceived by way of Capote in his novella). Directed through Blake Edwards, from a script by way of George Axelrod, the darkish tale morphed right into a romantic comedy drama, supplying Audrey with a colourful new image—she used to be now not the sprite or a childlike Cinderella. She will be “a wild thing,” a loose spirit, sophistication incarnate. now and then she might have an upswept hairdo, her brunette locks streaked with highlights; different occasions, pigtails. Her personality could tackle the sting of a tender lady who used to be, basically, an escort—in much less well mannered phrases, a prostitute—on the prowl for a wealthy husband. Capote had conceived her as “a difficult personality, no longer an Audrey Hepburn kind in any respect. ” Hepburn assumed an entire new perspective on-screen: “I don’t are looking to personal something until eventually i will be able to discover a position the place me and issues move together,” Holly explains. “I’m unsure the place that's, yet i do know what it’s like. It’s like Tiffany’s. . . . ” Givenchy created her dresser, and their collaboration made type heritage. within the commencing sequence—which, through the years, has received a lifetime of its own—the picture of Audrey used to be unforgettable: on a really early ny morning, a taxi drives up a abandoned 5th street and forestalls at Tiffany’s. Audrey emerges from the taxi. She is donning outsized, darkish sun shades and a stunningly uncomplicated, sleeveless, black sheath floor-length night gown. round her neck is fixed a daring, completely scaled faux-pearl bib, a jewel-encrusted medallion at its middle, her rings completely scaled to check. An decoration is mounted into her dramatic upswept hairdo. With a wisp of a filmy white shawl draped over one arm, she includes a paper bag containing espresso and a Danish. She opens the bag, takes out the espresso, sips it, nibbles at the Danish, and gazes into Tiffany’s home windows; strolling slowly, she turns the nook, then heads down a abandoned Fifty-seventh highway, putting off the espresso and Danish in a garbage can alongside the way in which. Posed studio photographs of Audrey in models of this regalia turned quick iconic pictures and, to the current day, best-selling posters. Her props have been a footlong cigarette holder, which she knew the best way to use, and the cat that performs a big position within the tale. the numerous hats and add-ons she wore within the movie have ceaselessly after left an immeasurable influence at the international of favor.