Audrey Hepburn’s Screen Test for ‘Roman Holiday’


“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!’” director William Wyler said of Roman Holiday star Audrey Hepburn after watching her screen test. The filmmaker fell in love with the doe-eyed starlet in 1951 after inviting Hepburn to audition for the part of Princess Anne at Pinewood Studio in London. She performed several scenes from the script, but Paramount wanted to get to know the British actress better. An interview was conducted on camera between Hepburn and filmmaker Thorold Dickinson, in which Hepburn discussed her childhood during World War II. Hear what she has to say about her time in the Netherlands taking ballet lessons past the break.

[Spotted via Open Culture]