Happy 90th birthday, Betty Joan Perske, a.k.a Lauren Bacall (16.09.1924) -
“I’m not ashamed of what I am - of how I pass through this life. What I am has given me the strength to do it. At my lowest ebb I have never contemplated suicide. I value what is here too much. I have a contribution to make. I am not just take up space in this life. I can add something to the lives I touch. I don’t like everything I know about myself, and I’ll never be satisfied, but nobody’s perfect. I’m not sure where the next years will take me - what they will hold - but I’m open to suggestions.”
Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
When filming the scene where the princess (Audrey Hepburn) says her goodbyes to Joe (Gregory Peck), the inexperienced Hepburn was unable to produce the tears required for the scene. William Wyler (director), in order to get the response he was looking for, spoke harshly to her. His anger shocked Hepburn, who promptly cried just the way Wyler was looking for.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953). Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt
Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly photographed backstage by Alan Grant during the 28th Annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theatre, 1956.
"To the world it might not have seemed that constant or deep an association, but we became very close, even though we didn’t see each other much. I couldn’t say, ‘she was my best friend in my whole life’. Yet in a way, perhaps she was.” Deborah Kerr on Audrey Hepburn.