One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.
But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…
The case for Princess Ann
The role was written for Elizabeth Taylor. The producers wanted Liz. But then Hepburn had her screen test. Director William Wyler remarked that Audrey was “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!’” While in the midst of filming Roman Holiday co-star Gregory Peck himself suggested to Wyler that he give up his solo top billing to share it with Audrey—and this was her first starring role! It was that obvious that Audrey would be an overnight sensation. Hepburn won Best Actress awards from BAFTA and the Golden Globes, as well as a little statuette named Oscar.
The case for Holly Golightly
Truman Capote, who penned Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly, and was furious when Audrey was cast instead. He was none-too-pleased with the sanitized Hollywood version of his Holly either. Nonetheless, it is a role that Audrey put her own indelible stamp on. Who can forget the stunning vision behind those oversized sunglasses, nibbling a pastry while window shopping at Tiffany’s? And who else do you see wearing Givenchy’s little black dress, flashing that elongated cigarette holder? Admit it, that’s what comes to mind when you hear the name Audrey Hepburn. No awards bestowed upon Audrey here—who needs ‘em when you’ve become a style icon?
Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!