Thursday, February 23, 2017

In Focus: Audrey Hepburn

“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.” – Audrey Hepburn
We witnessed her grace in Roman Holiday, her charm in My Fair Lady, and her elegance in Sabrina.  With the Academy Awards this weekend, it’s a fitting time to remember one of the classic Hollywood’s brightest stars, Audrey Hepburn.

Winning an Oscar at age 24, Hepburn’s breakout role was co-starring opposite Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday. Playing a runaway princess who gets entangled with an American journalist in Rome, Hepburn proved to have a larger than life screen presence. Catch a glimpse of her screen tests for Roman Holiday in the footage below.

Capturing the hearts of audiences everywhere, the actress continued to have a versatile and interesting career. As celebrated as Audrey Hepburn was in her youth, her generous charitable work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in her later life should not be overlooked. Because of her charitable contributions, Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.

A new addition to our book collection is Audrey Hepburn Photographs 1953-1966. Film fans new and old will appreciate photographer Bob Willoughby’s snapshots of Hepburn at the start and height of her acting career. Click here to purchase or learn more.

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