Fame and Friendship

 

After the smashing success of Gigi on Broadway, Audrey stepped into her first starring role in a Hollywood film and into the hearts of an adoring public. As Princess Anne in Roman Holiday, Audrey was immediately catapulted into the limelight and won the 1954 Oscar for Best Actress in her first American motion picture.

Audrey’s cherished friendships with director William Wyler and co-star Gregory Peck lasted a lifetime. In fact, it was Gregory Peck who introduced Audrey to her future husband, Mel Ferrer, at a dinner he hosted in London celebrating the opening of Roman Holiday.

Audrey’s next film, Sabrina, reinforced her star status and yielded a transformational friendship and collaboration with a young French designer named Hubert De Givenchy. After Sabrina wrapped, Mel Ferrer enticed Audrey to return to Broadway to co-star with him in Ondine.


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