Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. Redefining glamour with "elfin" features and a waif-like figure that inspired designs by Hubert de Givenchy, she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, and ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Arnhem, she studied ballet before moving to London in 1948 where she continued to train in ballet while working as a photographer's model. Upon deciding to pursue a career in acting, she performed as a chorus girl in various West End musical theatre productions. After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn gained instant Hollywood stardom for playing the Academy Award-winning lead female role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age who received nominations for Academy Awards, Golden ...

Roman Holiday (1953)

ClassicCharmingUpliftingRomantic

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Eddie Albert  •  Hartley Power
Always (1989)

Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young successor. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Holly Hunter  •  John Goodman  •  Audrey Hepburn
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

ClassicCleverSimpleTragic

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  George Peppard  •  Patricia Neal  •  Buddy Ebsen
Charade (1963)

ClassicHeistRomanticSuspenseful

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Walter Matthau  •  James Coburn
Funny Face (1957)

A shy Greenwich Village book clerk is discovered by a fashion photographer and whisked off to Paris where she becomes a reluctant model.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Fred Astaire  •  Kay Thompson  •  Michel Auclair
How to Steal a Million (1966)

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A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Eli Wallach  •  Hugh Griffith
Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as the worldly mature Frank Flannagan hoping that l’amour will take hold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Maurice Chevalier  •  John McGiver
My Fair Lady (1964)

MusicalCharmingClassicLighthearted

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin Hood, aging none too gracefully, returns exhausted from the Crusades to woo and win Maid Marian one last time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Lester
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Robert Shaw  •  Richard Harris
Sabrina (1954)

ClassicCharmingRomanticEnjoyable

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

A meek bank clerk who oversees the shipments of bullion joins with an eccentric neighbor to steal gold bars and smuggle them out of the country.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Sid James  •  Alfie Bass
War and Peace (1956)

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Henry Fonda  •  Mel Ferrer  •  Vittorio Gassman
Two for the Road (1967)

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The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is on the rocks. In flashback they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Quine
They All Laughed (1981)

A mad cap private-eye caper about a team of detectives who are following, and are being followed by, a group of beautiful women.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Bogdanovich
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Ben Gazzara  •  Patti Hansen  •  John Ritter
The Unforgiven (1960)

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiawa tribe.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Audrey Hepburn  •  Audie Murphy  •  John Saxon
Directed by William Wyler (1986)

Documentary about the famed Hollywood director.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aviva Slesin
CAST:  A. Scott Berg  •  Bette Davis  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Greer Garson
The Children's Hour (1961)

Thought provokingComplexClassicBrilliant

A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006)

Recut of the miniseries "Billy, How Did You Do It?": In 1988, Oscar-winning German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff ("The Tin Drum") sat down with legendary director Billy Wilder at his office in Beverly Hills, California and turned on his camera for a series of filmed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Volker Schlöndorff  •  Gisela Grischow
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Hellmuth Karasek  •  James Cagney
Bert Stern: Original Madman (2011)

The untold and intimate life story of one of the greatest American photographers of all time, Bert Stern. After working alongside Stanley Kubrick at Look Magazine, Stern became an original Madison Avenue 'mad man', his images helping to create modern advertising. ...  (more)

CAST:  Bert Stern  •  Louis Armstrong  •  Twiggy  •  Woody Allen