The Audrey Hepburn Story

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Biography

Flashing back and forth in time, this biopic traces the swift ascent and untimely demise of one of Hollywood's most beloved and fashionably iconic stars. At a young age, Hepburn endured starvation after the Nazis invaded her Dutch homeland. Although she proved constitutionally unfit for her chosen vocation as ballerina, her show biz career skyrocketed from...read more

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Flashing back and forth in time, this biopic traces the swift ascent and untimely demise of one of Hollywood's most beloved and fashionably iconic stars. At a young age, Hepburn endured starvation after the Nazis invaded her Dutch homeland. Although she proved constitutionally unfit for her chosen vocation as ballerina, her show biz career skyrocketed from musical chorus girl to movie bit player to star — at the behest of Colette herself — of the Broadway hit Gigi. Hepburn's subsequent screen triumphs are enumerated, from her Oscar-winning performance in ROMAN HOLIDAY to BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. The maternity-conscious Hepburn endured several miscarriages during her marriage to control freak Mel Ferrer (Eric McCormack), but she eventually bore him a child and later had another son with second husband Dr. Andrea Dotti. Although Hepburn considered motherhood her crowning glory, she bestowed an abundance of Hollywood magic on an adoring international public. Reams of negative publicity attended the making of this bio due to Jennifer Love Hewitt's seeming presumptuousness in impersonating Hepburn, whose gamine charm and effortless chic made a cultural impact that has yet to fade. While Hewitt may lack Hepburn's incandescent je ne sais quoi, possessing instead the rather more pedestrian quelquechose de TV star, she nonetheless acquits herself admirably throughout her impossible task, disgracing neither herself nor Hepburn's memory. Due to Hewitt's thespian limitations, however, this generally efficient tribute pays short shrift to Hepburn's later life. Thus, we don't relive the mixed blessing of MY FAIR LADY, nor do we experience her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of UNICEF (pre-shadowed by her activities as a teenage resistance worker). Instead, we get snippets of Hepburn's movie hits, backstage gossip, and the chance to watch Hewitt play Audrey dress-up.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Flashing back and forth in time, this biopic traces the swift ascent and untimely demise of one of Hollywood's most beloved and fashionably iconic stars. At a young age, Hepburn endured starvation after the Nazis invaded her Dutch homeland. Although she pr… (more)

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