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Scrapbook conundrum (considerations with Audrey Hepburn)

A strange conundrum I face when finishing a batch of scrap/note/journals is: which to keep for myself.

Much of the joy – along with the meditative calm – comes from giving them to other people, especially when there is some characteristic which makes the match obvious.

But, like paintings, each becomes like a wee child for which I am careful to ensure a good home.

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Audrey Hepburn’s Screen Test for Roman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn’s Screen Test for Roman Holiday (1953) (via Open Culture)

In his biography of Ms. Hepburn, the author Barry Paris writes:

Her Roman Holiday test took place at Pinewood Studio in London, September 18, 1951, under [Thorold] Dickinson’s direction. “We did some scenes out of the script,” he said, but “Paramount also wanted to see what Audrey was actually like not acting a part, so I did an interview with her. We loaded a thousand feet of film into a camera and every foot of it went on this conversation. She talked about her experiences in the war, the Allied raid on Arnhem, and hiding out in a cellar. A deeply moving thing.”

Later, so the story goes, the director William Wyler watched the footage (shown above) in Rome and found it irresistible. He claimed: “She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence and talent. She also was very funny. She was absolutely enchanting, and we said, ‘That’s the girl!'”