Unseen letters written by Audrey Hepburn share some highlights of her life

  • Unseen letters written by Audrey Hepburn shared some highlights of her life
  • The letters revealed some highs and lows of the British actress’ journey
  • Hepburn’s letters are up for auction; estimated to sell for up to £4,000

Unseen letters that were written by popular British actress Audrey Hepburn shared some highlights of her life; revealing some highs and lows of her career as she rose to movie stardom.

In an article written by Mark Jefferies of Mirror, it was disclosed that 10 intimate notes were sent by Hepburn, between 1951 and 1960, to actor Sir Felix Aylmer who was her mentor and her lifelong pal.

Hepburn, a film and fashion icon, was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

In her letters, the actress expressed her ­feelings about her broken engagement, her new love and the birth of her first child. She also shared the highlights of her career.

“Would you believe it. I’m in Monte Carlo working on a French picture. The place is heavenly and this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she wrote in one of her letters; the one which she wrote in 1951 at the age of 22 years old. To note, the upbeat actress, who was once a struggling ballerina, was filming that time for Monte Carlo Baby; one of her first movies.

In another letter, the actress shared “with a heavy heart” the story about her split from her fiance James Hanson, which came after he pushed her to tie the knot amid her hectic shooting schedule.

“It is all very unhappy-making,” she wrote. “I fear I thought it’s possible to make our combined lives and careers work.”

But in 1954, she met the accomplished actor Mel Ferrer, who is 12 years older than her, and found true love.

Final letter

Meanwhile, the final letter in the collection is a joyous note to Aylmer following the birth of her first child, Sean.

“Sean is truly a dream. I find it hard to believe he is really ours to keep. I long to show him to you,” she said.

The letters, which remained within the extended family of Sir Felix, will be auctioned at Bonhams Entertainment ­Memorabilia in Knightsbridge, London, on June 29. These are estimated to sell for up to £4,000.

 

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