During the filming of "Sabrina", Hepburn and Holden became romantically involved and she hoped to marry him and have children. She broke off the relationship when Holden revealed that he had had a vasectomy. At the same time Hepburn was sent to fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy to decide on her wardrobe. When told that "Miss Hepburn" was coming to see him, Givenchy famously expected to see Katharine Hepburn. He was not disappointed with Audrey, however, and they formed a lifelong friendship and partnership.
Hepburn met Mel Ferrer at a party hosted by Gregory Peck. She had seen him in the film "Lili" and was captivated by his performance. Ferrer later sent Hepburn the script for the play "Ondine" and Hepburn agreed to play the role. Rehearsals started in January 1954 and Hepburn and Ferrer were married on September 24. Hepburn claimed that they were inseparable and were very happy together, she did, however, admit that he had a bad temper. Ferrer was also rumored to be too controlling of Hepburn.
Before having their first child, Hepburn had two miscarriages, the first in March of 1955. In 1959, while filming The Unforgiven, she broke her back after falling off a horse onto a rock. She spent weeks in the hospital and later had a miscarriage that was said to have been induced by physical and mental stress. Her son - Sean born on 17th July 1960.
The marriage to Ferrer lasted 14 years, until 5 December 1968.
In 1954, Audrey went back to the stage to play the water sprite in "Ondine" in a performance with Mel Ferrer. During the run of the play, Hepburn was awarded the Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture Actress" and the Academy Award for Best Actress, both for "Roman Holiday". Six weeks after receiving the Oscar, Hepburn was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actress for "Ondine".
By the mid 1950s, Hepburn was not only one of the biggest motion picture stars in Hollywood, but also a major fashion icon. Her gamine and elfin appearance and widely recognized sense of chic were both admired and imitated. In 1955, she was awarded the Golden Globe - World Film Favorite - Female.
Having become one of Hollywood's most popular box-office attractions, Audrey Hepburn co-starred with major actors such as Fred Astaire in "Funny Face", Maurice Chevalier and Gary Cooper in "Love in the Afternoon". W 1959's "The Nun's Story" was one of her most daring roles. Her portrayal of Sister Luke is one of the great performances of the screen.
Hepburn's Holly Golightly in 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" became an iconic character in 20th Century American cinema. She called the role, "the jazziest of my career". She wore trendy clothing in the film designed by her and Givenchy and added blonde streaks to her brown hair, a look that she would keep off-screen as well.Hepburn had established herself as one of Hollywood's most popular actresses.
In 1963, Hepburn starred in "Charade", her first and only film with Cary Grant, and a year later, she appeared in "My Fair Lady". Hepburn initially refused the role and asked Jack Warner to give it to Andrews, but when informed that it would either be her or Elizabeth Taylor, who was also vying for the part, she accepted the role. Hepburn recorded singing vocals for the role, but subsequently discovered a professional "singing double" Marni Nixon had overdubbed all of her songs. Aside from that, many critics agreed that Hepburn's performance was excellent.
"Two for the Road" was a non-linear and innovative movie about divorce. Director Stanley Donen said that Hepburn was more free and happy than he had ever seen her, and he credited that to Albert Finney. "Wait Until Dark" in 1967 was a difficult film. It was an edgy thriller in which Hepburn played the part of a blind woman being terrorized. In addition, it was produced by Mel Ferrer and filmed on the brink of their divorce. Hepburn is said to have lost 15 pounds under the stress. On the bright side, she found co-star Richard Crenna to be very funny, and she had a lot to laugh about with director Terence Young. They both joked that he had shelled his favorite star 23 years before; he had been a British Army tank commander during the Battle of Arnhem. Hepburn's performance was nominated for an Academy Award.
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