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The Vintage Guide To London | November 22, 2017

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During January: Audrey Hepburn retrospective at the BFI

During January the BFI will offer a retrospective of one of cinema’s most stylish and sophisticated actresses: Audrey Hepburn. This elfin beauty, and muse to Givenchy, has grown to be one of the most iconic actresses of the 50s and 60s, not least for her portrayal of Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards’ Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – which will be released by the BFI nationwide.

Her Dutch, aristocratic ancestry stood her in good stead for her first lead role, as a runaway princess, in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she won an Oscar. This was followed by Billy Wilder’s Sabrina (1954) and Funny Face (1956), in which she starred alongside Fred Astaire; but her most controversial role came after this in the tragic drama The Children’s Hour aka The Loudest Whisper(1961), when Hepburn stars with Shirley MacLaine as nursery school teachers accused of having an affair.

Of course further stylish comedies and drama would continue How to Steal a Million and Two for the Road (both made in 1966). By the time that she died, in 1993, she had dedicated herself to voluntary work for UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Watch Hepburn’s iconic films at the BFI throughout January.

BFI Hepburn Season
12 January to 3 February