Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    Philippa
    04 Feb 2015
    Clock 80min      Length2mi
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    From rue Cambon to the Cour Vendome

    Pay wave

    Look to your left, up rue Cambon, and you'll see the white awnings of Chanel's headquarters. Farther down on the right, is the back entrance to the Ritz. We are going to the Ritz, but we will approach it from the front. So, for now, continue along the rue St-Honore.

    The Ritz was closed for renovations in August 2012, and when I recorded this walk, it was still closed. I hope it's open for you today, so you can have a drink at the Hemingway bar. Personally, I like to use the ladies room in the Ritz because it is elegant and comfortable.

    As we walk, I'll finish off my story of Audrey's early career. While Audrey was still preparing for the role of Gigi in 1951, she was asked to do a screen test for "Roman Holiday." The director, William Wyler, wanted a young woman without an American accent who could believably play a princess.

    Audrey's screen test was so successful that Paramount Studios agreed to wait until the run of "Gigi" was finished before they made the film. When its successful run ended in spring 1952, Audrey went straight to Rome to begin filming "Roman Holiday."

    She plays a princess on a tour of European capitals who escapes for a day from her formal duties and has adventures in Rome with a journalist played by Gregory Peck. Audrey shone in this part. After that film, Audrey's career was fully launched.

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