Thursday, August 29, 2013

Charm, innocence and talent

Audrey Hepburn's first starring role was the runaway princess in director William Wyler's 1953 film Roman Holiday. Wyler commented, "She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence and talent. She also was very funny..." Her performance was critically acclaimed and won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Dear Mr. Dickinson,

The Audrey Hepburn test you made is a fine piece
of work, and I just wanted to tell you how much
we liked it here at the studio. You gave us a
good look at the girl's personality and charm,
as well as her talent. As a result of the test,
a number of the producers at Paramount have
expressed interest in casting her.

I can't say at the moment whether or not we will 
use Miss Hepburn in Roman Holiday, but if we don't
you may be sure it will not be because of anything
in the test - which is as good as any I've seen
in a long time.

With many thanks and best wishes,


William Wyler

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