Personal Life

In 1952, Audrey was engaged to the young James Hanson. She called it “love at first sight;” however, after having her wedding dress fitted and the date set, she decided the marriage would not work, because the demands of their careers would keep them apart most of the time. Hepburn was married twice; first to American actor Mel Ferrer, and then to an Italian doctor, Andrea Dotti. She had a son with each – Sean in 1960 by Ferrer, and Luca in 1970 by Dotti. Her elder son’s godfather was the novelist A. J. Cronin, who resided near Hepburn in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Hepburn met Mel Ferrer at a party hosted by Gregory Peck, who co-stared with Audrey in Roman Holiday. She had seen him in the film Lili and was captivated by his performance. Ferrer later sent Hepburn the script for the play Ondine and Hepburn agreed to play the role. Rehearsals started in January 1954 and Hepburn and Ferrer were married on September 24, 195424. Hepburn claimed that they were inseparable and were very happy together, despite the insistence from gossip columns that the marriage would not last. She did, however, admit

Marriage to Mel Ferrer

that he had a bad temper, while gossip columns insisted he was too controlling.

Before having their first child, Hepburn had two miscarriages, the first in March 1955.In 1959, while filming The Unforgiven, she broke her back after falling off a horse onto a rock. She spent weeks in the hospital and later had a miscarriage that was said to have been induced by physical and mental stress. While she was resting at home, Mel Ferrer brought her the fawn from the movie Green Mansions to keep as a pet. They called him Ip, short for Pippin.

Fun Fact: One year after Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy, Hepburn, the President’s favourite actress, sang “Happy Birthday, Dear Jack” to him, on what turned out to be his final birthday.

Hepburn had several pets, including a Yorkshire Terrier named Mr. Famous, who was hit by a car and killed. To cheer her up, Mel Ferrer got her another Yorkshire named Assam of Assam. She also kept Ip; they made a bed for him out of a bathtub.

Audrey and Sean

Sean Ferrer had a Cocker Spaniel named Cokey. When Hepburn was older, she had two Jack Russell Terriers. The marriage to Ferrer lasted 14 years, until 5 December 1968; their son was quoted as saying that Hepburn had stayed in the marriage too long. The couple separated before divorcing.

She met Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti on a cruise and fell in love with him on a trip to some Greek ruins. She believed she would have more children, and possibly stop working. She married him on January 18, 1969. Although Dotti loved Hepburn and was well-liked by Sean, who called him “fun”, he began having affairs with younger women. The marriage lasted thirteen years and ended in 1982, when Hepburn felt Luca and Sean were old enough to handle life with a single mother. Though Hepburn broke off all contact with Ferrer (she would only speak to him twice in the remainder of her life), she remained in touch with Dotti for the benefit of Luca. Andrea Dotti died in October 2007 from complications of a colonoscopy. Mel Ferrer died of heart failure in June 2008 at the age of ninety.

Hepburn was much more careful when she was pregnant with Luca in 1969; she

Audrey and Luca

rested for months and passed the time by painting before delivering Luca by caesarean section. Hepburn had her final miscarriage in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information from http://www.biography.com

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