Old Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn was born 90 years ago this May. I'm celebrating Audrey's birth anniversary a little early by making the 1954 romance Sabrina the movie of the month for March.
Sabrina tells the story of the shy daughter of a chauffeur (John Williams) to the wealthy Larrabee family. Sabrina has carried a torch for the dashing David Larrabee (William Holden) for years, but he barely notices her. After a stint in culinary school in Paris, Sabrina returns as a beautiful, stylish young woman, who catches the eye of both David and his older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart).
Hepburn's second Hollywood film was well-received by both audiences and critics, earning an Oscar for best costume design and five more nominations, including best actress for Hepburn. Sabrina also launched the screen partnership and off-screen friendship between Hepburn and fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy.
Here's a photo gallery featuring behind-the-scenes shots, publicity stills, and posters from Sabrina.
Behind the Scenes
Hepburn and Bogart chat while filming at the Bel Air, Calif., mansion that stood in for the Larrabee estate. Love Bogie's tennis shoes!
In this edition of impossibly good-looking people being amazing, we have Holden and Hepburn relaxing in between takes.
Director Billy Wilder instructs Hepburn and Bogart before a scene.
Hepburn bikes around the Paramount Pictures backlot while making Sabrina.
Hepburn waits to film a scene shot in New York City.
Hepburn and Holden cozy up for a publicity shot while a pensive Bogart looks on.
Another great photo of the fabulous threesome. This photo also shows off the famous little black dress that was designed by Hubert de Givenchy. The bateau neckline, cinched waist, and plunging back (this particular style is known as "decollete Sabrina") suited Hepburn's tall, thin frame.
This iconic publicity photo features Hepburn in a couture gown designed by Givenchy. The black-and-white strapless organza gown featured a ruffled hem, detachable train, and floral embroidery.
A lovely color portrait of Hepburn wearing the green jumper dress designed by Edith Head. Although Givenchy designed Hepburn's couture wardrobe for Sabrina, Head received sole screen credit, and she even won a costume-design Oscar at the 1955 Academy Awards.
Hepburn and husband Mel Ferrer received a rapturous reception from Audrey's hometown crowd when she attended the Dutch premiere in November 1954.
The Hollywood premiere of Sabrina was a star-studded affair.
Actor Terry Moore was accompanied by the then relatively unknown James Dean at the Hollywood premiere.
Sabrina's original marketing campaign focused on the fact that all three stars were recent Oscar winners.
This is a lobby card from the sixties re-release. Sabrina was on a double bill with Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961).
This iconic Italian poster by Ercole Brini is probably the best-known promotional art from Sabrina.
This fun Polish poster from artist Maciej Zbikowski emphasizes Sabrina's culinary skills.
One for the Road
I'll leave you with this stunning shot of Audrey Hepburn eyes.
Sabrina will air at 8 pm ET March 3, 2019, and at 4 pm ET April 2, 2019, on TCM. Also available for streaming on Hulu, video on demand, Blu-ray and DVD.