Wishes Do Come True: Audrey Hepburn & Rome
In the closing scenes of ‘Roman Holiday’ a reporter asks Audrey Hepburn’s character Ann “Which of the cities visited did Your Highness enjoy the most?”
She replied “Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to…Rome! By all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live. ”
Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, is a timeless classic. But for Audrey, Rome had a huge impact on her life and was to become much more than just a backdrop for the film that launched her career…
Meeting her second husband here – the Italian psychiatrist Dr Andrea Dotti – she went on to live in the city for more than 20 years, from the 1950s through to the 1970s.
A recent article in ‘The Lady’ by Melonie Clarke featured an interview with Luca Dotti, Audrey’s son. He is quoted as saying that Audrey loved the way the Italians and her husband made her laugh – delighting in their great sense of humour and the Italian lightness of life. She got to know all the people she met, and by doing Roman Holiday, going around on a Vespa, eating ice cream, she became a sort of ambassador for the city. If you’d like to read more about her life in Rome, here is the link to the article featured in ‘The Lady’.
Whilst Princess Ann was dubious about whether her own wish could ever come true in the film, it is wonderful to know that for Audrey Hepburn it really did; she found love here both with the man she married, and the beautiful eternal city that is Rome itself; the city where all roads lead to.