Audrey Hepburn’s Cinematic Essentials.

I love Audrey Hepburn. She is my ultimate idol and I’ve probably posted two dozen posts relating anything to Audrey Hepburn. In the past 3 years, I’ve acquired practically all of her 21 films (3 are unavailable on DVD) and as such, many friends ask me to show them her best films. So for the next two posts, it will be Audrey-related to her entire film career. First, here’s her essentials that truly make her dazzle and the films she is most remembered in. And a note, all of these films have her in legendary couture clothing that is a must-see.

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

This 1961 film is considered Audrey’s absolute essential. It’s been ingrained in American cinema as she is that adoring, free-spirited Manhattan socialite. I must admit when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time that I didn’t care for the plot.  But in retrospective, it’s irrelevant compared to her performance as captivates the audience and her leading man, George Peppard.  Marilyn Monroe was considered Truman Capote’s first choice, but you can’t think of anyone else who could play Holly Golightly.

2. Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday was Audrey’s first American movie that resulted in her Academy win. She plays a princess who takes a day off from her royal duties and falls in love with a writer, played by Gregory Peck. It’s so charmingly perfect that Peck insisted that Audrey received top billing like himself.

3. Sabrina (1954)

A classic film that demonstrates one of her best traits: transformation. In Sabrina, she was the ugly duckling who turned into a beautiful swan. William Holden and Humphrey Bogart are her suitors and they fight over her wildly. Audrey Hepburn is draped in gorgeous Givenchy dresses. This film highlights Audrey’s relationship with designer Hubert de Givenchy.
4. My Fair Lady (1964)

Next to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, this is Audrey’s second most iconic role as she plays the uncouth peasant who Rex Harrison takes in to civilize. A classic in the musical genre with memorable songs, but Audrey was dubbed in her singing parts. A true shame!

5. Funny Face (1957)

I believe Funny Face is a better musical than My Fair Lady. Audrey Hepburn is paired with Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson as she plays the funny-looking librarian who is whisked away to the Paris runways as the ultimate model. . Great songs with Audrey’s own voice and really shows off her dancing skills in the jazz club scene. This is my favorite Audrey movie.

6. Charade (1963)

Audrey Hepburn is paired with Cary Grant in a great Hitchcockian caper as the mysteries abound and the allegiances are questioned. The audience will fall in love with Hepburn as she plays a widow pursuing Cary Grant with people out to kill the both of them.

7. Two for the Road (1967)

A well-acted and very witty mature role for Audrey as she plays the frustrated housewives to Albert Finney. We see their relationships through the years as they travel the road together. One of Audrey’s acclaimed roles that gets better and better with each viewing.


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