When I think of Audrey Hepburn, I think of an elegant movie star who was polite and not involved in Old Hollywood scandals and affairs.
1.Audrey Hepburn’s Background
Audrey Hepburn was an agent of Dutch Resistant when she was a teenager, but her parents did not share the same view. Her parents joined the British Union of Fascists. When Audrey Hepburn just began her journey as an actress, it would be troubling for her clean image if everyone knew about her parents. The war ended not long ago, and everyone might be sensitive over it. They hid it from the press while publicizing her contribution during the war. She did many things to support the resistance, such as performing ballet to get more funds. She even volunteered as a nurse at the age of 16 during WWII. Later in her old age, she volunteered to work for UNICEF. She was a great woman who cared a great deal about humanity.
2.Audrey Hepburn had an affair with William Holden
Audrey Hepburn began her affair with William Holden while filming Sabrina. William Holden Audrey’s costar in Sabrina was married at the time. Audrey didn’t care because she was head over heels in love with William Holden. He was very entranced by the sophisticated beauty that is Audrey Hepburn. Ardis, Holden’s wife, sensed this too.
In most cases, she didn’t mind her husband’s womanizing behaviour, but Audrey Hepburn was different. She was a threat to Ardis’ marriage. Ardis gave an ultimatum and demanded her husband to stop seeing Audrey Hepburn. In the end, this was hardly necessary. Like many other women, Audrey wanted to have children. It turned out that William Holden had a vasectomy. Audrey was heartbroken when she found out, especially since William Holden knew how much it meant to her. She promptly ended her affair with William Holden. She reconciled with Mel Ferrer. Their engagement was made at Holden’s house because Paramount wanted to ward rumours about her experience. Well, it was probably one awkward dinner.
3.Audrey Hepburn dated JFK
Not many know about Audrey Hepburn and JFK’s rumoured past relationship. After all, JFK’s most popular pictured with Marilyn Monroe. Like how people didn’t realize that Hepburn also sang The Birthday song to the president a year after Marilyn Monroe. It was revealed that she dated JFK during his days as a senator when JFK was shot. It was said that the actress requested everyone to pray for him, went inside the carriage off stage and cried. Also, one of JFK’s favourite movies was Roman Holiday, the first movie she starred in. So, perhaps the rumour might be right after all – maybe, we didn’t know for sure. Furthermore, JFK was notorious for fooling around with lots of women.
4.Her voice was dubbed over in The Movie My Fair Lady.
Yes, her voice was dubbed over. Upon knowing it, Audrey was enraged since she was promised that the movie would use her voice for the singing parts. She promptly left the set that day. Then, she came back the next day and apologized for her’ wicked behaviour. She always blamed herself for not singing the part and vowed to never act in a musical again. On a related note, she didn’t get nominated for The Best Actress because she didn’t sing the vocal parts.
5.Audrey Hepburn smoked like a chimney.
She was a smoker like her character as Holly Golightly in her iconic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You might be surprised to know this fact. One wouldn’t expect the sweet Audrey Hepburn to smoke, but here it is. Audrey Hepburn smoked three packs a day. Like any other people, she smoked to calm her nerves and relax. Moreover, at the time, smoking’s dangers weren’t known. Doctors even recommended it at the time.
6.Both Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer cheated on each other.
Cheating was rumoured to be present on both sides. Mel Ferrer had a girlfriend. As for Audrey Hepburn, she cheated on him with her costar, Albert Finney. Eventually, they divorced after 14 years of marriage. She only spoke twice after the divorce with him.
7.Audrey and Andrea Dotti’s Infidelity
From her second marriage, they had a son named Luca Dotti. However, the happiness didn’t last long. Andrea Dotti was a womanizer, and he was attracted to the younger girls. Audrey, on the other hand, had an affair with Ben Gazzara, an actor. The marriage officially ended in 1982 after 13 years of being together.
8.She was almost married to a young British businessman
That young British businessman was none other than James Hanson. Audrey called off the wedding. Her wedding dress with a waist size of 21 inches was auctioned off. She did so because they both were too busy. Audrey was busy filming Roman Holiday at the time. As for James Hanson, he spent most of his time managing his business in England and Canada. She was also quoted saying that it would be difficult leading an everyday married life in one of her interviews.