Monte Carlo, 1951 - © Edward Quinn
THURSDAY / April 5, 2018
Text by Edward Quinn - It was in 1951 at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo while I was watching a rehearsal o n the set of the film “Monte Carlo Baby” and I was shooting pictures right and left. Then I saw this girl. She was in a corner of the room discussing a step with one of the dancers. I was absolutely floored by her. She stood out like an orchid in a patch of weeds. I grabbed one of the crew and asked, “Who is this girl?” I learned that far from being the star of the picture, she had just a small part. She was Audrey Hepburn who was then absolutely unknown (her name appeared as “Audrey Hopbe rn” in the press release, a long way down the list of credits. She had been a dancer and had done some small parts in films, but was unknown to the general public …
I approached her and asked her if it would be possible to go out on a photo session to some picturesque backgrounds. She accepted and we went out the following day in my small two-seater Mathys car model 1930. After having made a few pictures in Monte Carlo we drove to the medieval Eze-Village, high up on the Corniche Road. The old car nearly did not make it up the hill and as I had practically no brakes, we were in danger of slipping backwards. Finally we got to Eze safely but when we wanted to go back to Monte Carlo, the car would not start, so Audrey had to push it until we got on to a steep hill down to the corniche. Audrey couldn’t have been nicer about the whole thing. She obligingly changed costumes several times, drove from location to location. Her slender, gamine beauty was in great contr ast to the bosomy glamour of the times and set a new style for young actresses. When I showed her the contact prints of the photographs the next day, she was very excited and said she had never been photographed in such a variety of poses. She asked if she could send them straight away to her agent in Hollywood, of course I agreed. He showed them to the Paramount heads and she was asked to make a screen test and consequently got the leading part in the film “Roman Holiday.” www.edwardquinn.com
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Gilles Bensimon for French ELLE, in Paris, France, 1988.
Audrey Hepburn photographed with bunnies at La Vigna in Rome during the production of War and Peace, 1955. || Happy Easter and Passover 💐🐇
Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins photographed by Pierluigi Praturlon at the Orly Airport in Paris, France, July 28, 1962.
Audrey Hepburn photographed at a Los Angeles court, October 25, 1960.
“Defendant in $50,000 Suit, Tells How Accident Occurred as She Tried to Avoid Another Car - English star Audrey Hepburn, wearing a dark blue jersey suit from Switzerland, and a “French twist” hairdo, today testified in court as defendant in the $50,000 suit brought against her by Actress Joan Lora, who is of Italian descent but played the part of a Spanish dancer in a TV film shown to the jury. This international potpourri was part of a proceedings [sic] which had its origin on July 14, 1958, when Miss Hepburn admittedly rammed her car into one driven by Miss Lora at Santa Monica blvd. and Beverly dr., in Beverly Hils.“
Audrey Hepburn and Doris Brynner shopping in Rome, Italy, June 1969. Photographed by Elio Sorci. (x)
Audrey Hepburn on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, New York, 1960.
Audrey Hepburn photographed walking her Yorkshire Terrier, Assam of Assam, by Elio Sorci at Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy, in December 1964.
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Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer photographed by Milton H. Green in Rome, 1955. They were in Rome filming War and Peace.
Happy First Day of Spring! (It’s raining here)
Signed photograph of Audrey Hepburn, 1956.
Rare footage of Audrey from the 1950s and 1960s.
- 1951: Audrey attending the British Academy Film Awards at the Odeon in Leicester Square
- 1954: Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer at the Premiere of the new Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden.
- 1967: Audrey Hepburn at the 39th Academy Awards.
- 1968: Audrey Hepburn at the 40th Academy Awards.
- 1954: Audrey Hepburn at the 26th Academy Awards.
Hubert de Givenchy, one of the greatest couturiers of our time, has passed away at the age of 91. It saddens me to have to make this post. Hubert de Givenchy was synonymous with elegance, sophistication, and timelessness. Not only did he leave a lasting impression on the fashion industry but on my own life as well. His collaborations with Audrey on screen sparked my imagination as a child. Growing up, my mother and I would gather on our couch with a tea tray and a stack of books. There were several books that I would request we looked through every time, one of them being “The Givenchy Style”. Granted our copy is covered in tea stains, but it only proves how much we love that book. He was a master of his craft and his talent will continue to inspire and motivate many generations to come. Thank you, Hubert. Your genius will be remembered always and you will be dearly missed.
Film strips of Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy at a dress fitting for the movie Funny Face, 1956.
Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn, and Robert Wolders attend the Eighth Annual Night of Stars Fashion Gala on November 3, 1991 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City.
Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy photographed by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff after enjoying an evening at Maxim’s in Paris, France, March 12, 1979.