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Audrey Hepburn

“You may have turned me into a ‘lidy’ and taught me to wash mi’ fice and ‘ands,” Eliza Doolittle applauds Cukor

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“You may have turned me into a ‘lidy’ and taught me to wash mi’ fice and ‘ands,” Eliza Doolittle applauds Cukor

Incredible ALS signed “Audrey,” seven pages on four light blue sheets (on three pages she uses both sides), 6.25 x 8.25, no date [but 1964 added in an unknown hand]. Hepburn writes legendary film director George Cukor. In part: “And now the time has come. I must put it in blue and blue, no grunts and gasps, and cheers and chuckles, nor oo’s and ah’s nor kisses nor hugs of joy and appreciation any longer suffice. I must commit myself to paper—easier said than done! Though you may have turned me into a ‘lidy’ and taught me to wash mi’ fice and ‘ands and to watch me P’s and H’s, and I do have feelin’s same as hanyone helse, that does not mean I have mastered the majesty of the English language. The BEST part of the whole M. F. L. [My Fair Lady] doin’s is without a doubt those precious days spent in your ‘basement.’ If only you’d invited me a year ago…The prettiness of my room, the softness of my bed, the glow of the fire—the unspeakable cosiness of our ‘trays’ by the fire, the thoughtfulness of each pencil and ashtray pillow and posy, the luxury of Ingrid, the soundless sweetness of Myrtle, the dainty dishes derived by Ester, Silka’s soothing serving, Capy’s bottomless disposall [sic] adoration have spoiled me rotten and I not only any longer fit for Covent Garden…the infinite warmth and cosiness of your blowing in and out of my room…the constant care and fun of you and the immeasurable depths of your understanding not just of me but of the whole human race make you a treasure trove of a friend…what can I say after I’ve said ‘I love you.’ I shall add THANK YOU with all my heart. xx Audrey P.S. Under seperate [sic] billing I wish to pay tribute to Irene, without whos [sic] patiant [sic] passing of the telephone and constant care and ‘chic’ my stay might have been chaotic!!” In fine condition with faint paperclip impression at the top of each page.

Controversially selected over Julie Andrews for the leading role in the 1964 box office hit My Fair Lady, Heburn impressively transformed Eliza Doolittle from a poor, Cockney flower seller into a proper high-society lady with the help of the arrogant Henry Higgins, voice coach extraordinaire. Her convincing performance wouldn’t have been possible without the real-life vocal training and direction of George Cukor. Embracing her Cockney personage in this charming letter, Hepburn offers a fantastic glimpse into her famous role, as well as her close relationship with the legendary director. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #448 - Ended March 11, 2015

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