Audrey in America

 

When first offered the role of Gigi by Colette, Audrey replied in her trademark modesty, “I’m sorry, Madame, but it is impossible. I wouldn’t be able to, because I can’t act.”  But Colette thought otherwise and Audrey accepted the role. 

The rehearsal process was difficult and grueling as the bi-lingual cast was required to rehearse in French for a performance being given in English.  Cast members were hired, fired or quit while those remaining tried to keep their nerves down.  Wisely, Audrey did this by supplementing her rehearsals with hours of private coaching. 

On November 24, 1951, Gigi opened at the Fulton Theatre in New York City.  After the opening reviews were in Audrey’s name was hoisted above the title of the play on the theatre marquee.

 

 

 

 


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