“Marvellous” Audrey

I spent three days in Rome this summer and saw Audrey’s image all over the place. Romans – or at least, Roman tourists – love her. I’d only ever seen her in My Fair Lady and Sabrina, so when I got home I watched Roman Holiday and this little 90s talk show gem…

While filming Roman Holiday, her first starring role, 23-year-old Audrey was engaged to an English Baron. She had a dress made in Rome but broke it off at the last minute and gave the dress to a poor Italian couple (see Audrey Hepburn’s Real Wedding Dress). She went on to marry twice – at age 25 to the American actor Mel Ferrer who she met on the set of War and Peace, and at age 39 to an Italian doctor she met on the yacht of an Italian princess. She had a son with each husband, but both marriages ended in divorce. From the 1980s until her death, she lived with the Dutch actor Robert Wolders.

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