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Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957).
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957).
30 September 2014
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30 September 2014
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Mel Ferrer, c.1954.
Audrey Hepburn photographed by Mel Ferrer, c.1954.
29 September 2014
Marilyn Monroe and Athur Miller during a press conference at their home, 26th June 1956.
Marilyn Monroe and Athur Miller during a press conference at their home, 26th June 1956.
28 September 2014
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer during a rehearsal for Maylering, 1957.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer during a rehearsal for Maylering, 1957.
27 September 2014

Anonymous asked

Does Audrey sing any of The Rain in Spain or is it all Marni Nixon? Also does her full version of the song exist like her other recordings from My Fair Lady? Thank you! She's just adorable in that movie! Especially in the musical numbers.

It’s all Marni Nixon singing, apart from the bits where Eliza is actually saying the phrases (which is Audrey but that’s not exactly singing). Sadly I don’t think her version of the song exists, but I’m sure she recorded it! The only songs with Audrey versions that I know of are the ones linked in this post. She is adorable indeed, but isn’t she just in every film?! :)

27 September 2014

Anonymous asked

Is it true that Rex Harrison was not nice to Audrey? If so, why? I can't understand why anyone would be mean to her. She was so sweet and kind. I heard she did not enjoy filming "My Fair Lady". Apparently she was sleepless and also that whole dubbing issue. But that wasn't her fault. She worked very hard to play that role. The last thing she deserves is disrespect. She was amazing. Team Audrey I say!

I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this message, but I’ve been ill all week and haven’t had the time/energy to search through my books for information! But I’m back now so hopefully I can answer your question. :)

I haven’t really heard anything about Rex being really horrible to Audrey but here is a passages from the biography by Barry Paris (that I’m currently reading) that suggest he was resentful of Audrey at first:

The sympathetic tone contained a certain amount of crocodile tears. Harrison, in fact, was in no mood to accommodate his “new” Eliza after discovering that, at $250,000, his salary was only a quarter of hers. In his opinion, it was he who had been responsible for the stage (and potential film) success of My Fair Lady, and he was incensed by the inequity. Even Cukor was getting more that himself ($300,000). Though he was hostile to Audrey at first, their relationship gradually warmed as he realised that her difficulties would enable him to dominate the film.

Here is another passage from the biography by Charles Higham which suggests exactly the same thing:

At first, Harrison was his very English self and he was greatly irritated by the squabbles of Beaton and Cukor. He had been quite insouciant toward Julie Andrews during the stage production; and although he was on his best behaviour with Audrey, and even strove to be charming to her, it was hard for him to relate to her. She melted him finally by mentioning that she had know his late wife, Kay Kendall, at the Marie Rambert Ballet School and by giving him a red bicycle to ride around on with a special basket for his script.

He also used to swear a lot on set which apparently upset Audrey, but that’s as much as I can find in regards to him treating Audrey badly. I’m pretty sure he ended up adoring Audrey (as most of her co-stars did!) and when he won his Best Actor Oscar for his performance in My Fair Lady, he dedicated it to his “two fair ladies” (Audrey and Julie Andrews). You’re right that Audrey didn’t enjoy filming My Fair Lady all that much but it was down to long hours under hot lighting, stress from her personal life, early/long hours in makeup and the whole dubbing issue - not because of Rex!

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27 September 2014
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Allan “Whitey” Snyder during the filming of River Of No Return in Canada, 1953.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Allan “Whitey” Snyder during the filming of River Of No Return in Canada, 1953.