The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)

Jennifer Love Hewitt may not be anybody’s ideal choice to portray Audrey Hepburn. Her curvy figure is at odds with the look typified by the iconic star. However, should you manage to overcome this difference (which is easier said than done) you may come to appreciate the fondness this overly long TV movie has for its title character.


Bookended by the opening and closing scenes from Breakfast at Tiffany's, the biopic flashes back to 1935 Brussels, where it becomes immediately apparent that the young Audrey idolises her father and clashes with her mother. It is these relationships that form the backbone of this story, as Hepburn goes from war-torn Holland to aspiring ballet dancer and eventual film star.


In these pivotal roles, Keir Dullea and Frances Fisher provide just the right amount of love and reserve in their portrayals. Similarly, Emmy Rossum, who is much more suited to her role, hits just the right note as the young Audrey.


As for Jennifer Love Hewitt… her doe eyes, luminescent smile and free-spirited performance evoke just enough memories of Audrey Hepburn to overcome other areas of contrast.


Biopic infers Audrey Hepburn never had contact with her father after their reunion in Dublin, whereas the two met a few times afterwards and corresponded. Audrey Hepburn also financially supported her father until his death at the age of 90.


Actual Oscar acceptance speech was very different to the one depicted in biopic.

Clip courtesy of Dimitri Bitu

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