Audrey Hepburn's working script for the 1981 Moon Pictures production They All Laughed, dated 28 February, 1980, the revised shooting script comprising 165 pages of mimeographed typescript in black paper covers, bound in black imitation leather, the majority of the pages snipped at upper left corner when completed, the title page inscribed in Hepurn's hand in blue ballpoint pen Audrey Hepburn, Hotel Pierre, N.Y., the parts for the character of Angela Niotes marked in black ink, with words underlined for emphasis, deletions to directions and approximately 16 pages annotated in Hepburn's hand with minor amendments to the dialogue, the last page annotated verso with a scene list and costume notes 1. Heliport arrival - car etc. jeans & white sweater... and the suggestion French affectation?, together with a loose page of script notes handwritten by Sean Ferrer, insribed Pour ma Mutti! and signed Sean
11 ½ x 9 ¼ in. (29.2 x 23.5 cm.)
Quantity: 2 (part illustrated)
As her marriage to Andrea Dotti was coming to an end, Audrey flew to New York in spring 1980 to appear in what would be her last starring role in a theatrical movie, the romantic comedy They All Laughed. Director Peter Bogdanovich wrote the character of Angela Niotes with Audrey in mind, later explaining It was what she was going through, an unhappy marriage, ten-year-old kid – all written for her based on what was happening in her life. Shot on location in Manhattan, the story followed three private detectives in New York who end up falling for the women they are investigating. Audrey was reunited with on screen love interest Ben Gazzara, amid rumours of an off screen romance.
Audrey wore her own clothing for the film, the handwritten costume notes at the back of the script perhaps written during a pre-production meeting with Bogdanovich, who recalled I came up to her room one day at the Pierre, laid out all her clothes, and said, ‘I like this shirt, these pants, this scarf.’ She said, ‘Fine’ …Everything she wore in the movie was what she walked around in normally. Bogdanovich also hired Audrey’s son Sean, then nineteen, as his assistant on the picture and eventually wrote him in to the storyline as the character Jose. Bogdanovich told biographer Barry Paris how Sean always called his mother Mutti and other cast members followed suit – a page of Sean’s script notes to his Mutti are included with the script.
If there had been an affair between Hepburn and Gazzara during Bloodline, it fizzled out during filming of They All Laughed. However, it was at this time that Audrey began a relationship with Robert Wolders, who would remain her companion until her death in 1993, a period she recalled as the happiest of her life. Bogdanovich had similarly begun a relationship with protégé Dorothy Stratten, one that would not end so happily. A few weeks after shooting finished on They All Laughed, Dorothy, who played Dolores Martin, was shot and killed by her jealous husband, who then killed himself. The high profile tragedy had a melancholy effect on what was supposed to be a lighthearted caper – Bogdanovich later admitted When Dorothy was killed, the picture was killed. Although praised by some critics, the film was not a financial success and Bogdanovich went bankrupt trying to self-promote the picture. Despite this, Bogdanovich later recalled the film as one of the happiest times of his life and said of his time with Audrey I sensed this would be her last film, which is why I did the ending as a montage of all those shots of her. I felt it was a farewell to that Audrey Hepburn.
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