As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, she ranks up there with Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the few actresses with unusually enduring, contemporary appeal. And her work for UNICEF at the end of her life, elevated her to Hollywood sainthood.
Let’s get to the answers to our Monday quiz. (We are indebted here to author Donald Spoto’s 2006 biography, Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn.) Remember, please scroll down to yesterday’s blog to find our 10 questions.
1) Answer: b) Brussels, at 48 Rue Keyenveld. She lived for a while in Arnhem in the Netherlands but spent most of her professional life in London and the U.S. Because her father was English, she was considered English. Throughout her life, writes Spoto, she carried a British passport.
2) Answer: b) False. Her father was sometimes misidentified as an Anglo-Irish banker, but he wasn’t Irish and wasn’t a banker. He was in fact, something of a rolling stone who had trouble hanging on to any job. It was Audrey’s mother, Ella, was the one with the social standing and the money.
3) Answer: b) Audrey Kathleen Ruston.
4) Answer: In 1950, Audrey auditioned for the important role of Lygia, a Christian heroine in 1951’s historical epic, Quo Vadis. Director Mervyn Leroy loved Hepburn, but was overruled by MGM brass, who feared using a Hollywood unknown. Deborah Kerr wound up with the part.
5) Answer: b) True, more or less. Roman Holiday director William Wyler first met Hepburn at London’s Claridge Hotel, and found her to be “very alert, very smart, very talented, very ambitious.” Wyler also appreciated her gentle British accent. Audrey was somewhat befuddled by their meeting but nonetheless submitted to a screen test, which won her the leading part and immediately led to a seven-picture contract at Paramount.
6) Answer: Gigi which was the basis of the 1958 Vincente Minnelli film musical with Leslie Caron.
7) Answer: Humphrey Bogart and William Holden, whose personal differences on the set resulted in actual fisticuffs between the two. The movie was Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy, Sabrina. Audrey and Holden had a brief affair at about this time.
8) Answer: d) Sean Connery. The movie was Columbia’s Robin and Marian (1976).
9) Answer: d) Former actor Robert Wolders, Audrey’s consort, lover and best friend in the later years of her life right up until her her death of abdominal cancer on Jan. 20, 1993. She was 63.
10) Answer: c) her Two For The Road costar Albert Finney.