In 1952, Audrey Hepburn called off her engagement to James Hanson, saying “When I get married, I want to be really married.”
She would marry.
It was at a 1953 party hosted by Gregory Peck, Hepburn met American actor Mel Ferrer. As he said:
“We began talking about theatre; she knew all about the La Jolla Playhouse Summer Theatre, where Greg Peck and I had been co-producing plays. She also said she’d seen me three times in the movie Lili. Finally, she said she’d like to do a play with me, and she asked me to send her a likely play if I found one.”
He sent her the sent her the script for Jean Giraudoux’s play Ondine. She agreed to join the cast. Rehearsals started in January 1954. Eight months later, on 25 September 1954, they married in Bürgenstock while preparing to star together in the film War and Peace (1955).
They had a child, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, their son, whose godfather was the novelist A. J. Cronin, who resided near Hepburn in Lucerne, was born on 17 July 1960.
Love would not last. They divorced on 5 December 1968.
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