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The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)

Biographic made-for-TV movie of the life of one of Hollywood's most famous actreses: Audrey Hepburn, spaning from her early childhood to the 1960's which details her life as Dutch ... See full summary »

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Biographic made-for-TV movie of the life of one of Hollywood's most famous actreses: Audrey Hepburn, spaning from her early childhood to the 1960's which details her life as Dutch overachieving ballerina, coming to grips with her parents divorce and enduring five hard years of living in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II. Audrey then settles in the USA where she tries to make it big as a movie actress and the emotional trials that follow her with it. Written by Matthew Patay

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Like Audrey Hepburn herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt is also an ambassador for the charity UNICEF, Jennifer has always admired Audrey and considered it a great honour to follow in her footsteps. See more »

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When Audrey is being tailored for a pink dress, and is talking to Givenchy about her neck being "too long", you can see a boom mic in one of the mirrors behind them. See more »

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Truman Capote: [Watching Audrey continually fail to eat the breakfast pastry - in front of Tiffany and Co] See why I didn't want Hepburn for this? She can't eat. Marilyn Monroe is who I wanted. Marilyn Monroe knows how to eat.
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Horrifying!
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I heard of how horrible this made for TV movie was - but of course I was curious. I borrowed it from my local library... and I did not expect it to be THIS bad! I'm a die hard Audrey fan, and even I became bored during most of this film. Audrey Hepburn's life boring? Not at all - but they managed to make it seem so. I was becoming agitated with the way this was edited as well. The story kept switching from during the production of Breakfast At Tiffany's to her early life.

Jennifer Love Hewitt was miscast, as her performance as Audrey was insufficient. Audrey's persona is impossible to portray in the first place - but JLH? They could have chosen someone more appropriate for the role. I felt embarrassed for her, seeing her attempting an English accent and failing to capture even an ounce Audrey's spirit or charm. Her rendition of Moon River is okay, but calls for a dub - due to the style of her singing - it lost all fragility. As the movie progressed, I became more annoyed with her and irritable - exactly the opposite of how Audrey makes me feel. And I am clueless on why they chose Eric McCormack to be Mel Ferrer. Frances Fisher actually does resemble Ella Hepburn (Audrey's mother) a bit, and Jennifer Love Hewitt's profile looks similar to Audrey's, but that's all.

They make too big of a deal with her relationship with Truman Capote. Yes, it is true that he had Marilyn Monroe in mind for the role of Holly Golightly, but he sent Audrey a letter upon hearing about her being cast - and expressed how pleased he was.

Avoid this if you're wanting to know more about Audrey. You're better off reading her biographies (Barry Paris's is a fan favorite) and watching her films. This 'tribute' is appalling, for it makes Audrey seem like a tease and a ditz. It especially angered me how they focused so intently on how Audrey wanted to have children, manipulating it a bit to make it seem like she was heartless about the feelings of the others. The ending is also very unsatisfactory.


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