Audrey’s divorce: “How I prayed it would never come to this! Now I long for it all to be over”
ALS signed “Audrey,” four pages, 5.75 x 8.25, April 19, 1981. Letter to her stepmother, Fidelma Hepburn, in part: “I tried calling you for Easter, quite hopeless! Am here with my Luca for the holidays—just got back from America when I went for a television appearance and am still quite cross-eyed with jet lag. We are having lovely spring weather and the countryside is glorious. Mummy always worse and so frail, as soon as the weather is warmer I hope to take her in the garden in a wheelchair, although everything exhausts her so. I wrote you from states after you sent me those sad photographs, it seems you did not get my letter—you looked so beautiful. I am in the middle of the divorce, all so sad and wearing, how I prayed it would never come to this! Now I long for it all to be over. I can understand how sad and empty you must feel, yet so much love and happiness to look back on.” Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, written in Hepburn’s own hand. In fine condition, with trivial creasing to the right upper and lower corners. This letter finds Hepburn in the middle of her divorce from Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, the actress’s second husband and father of her second child, Luca. Accusations of infidelity—on both sides—proved irreparable, and after thirteen years, the pair separated. Fearful of hurting the emotional welfare of her children, Hepburn postponed the divorce until she felt her children were old enough to properly cope. A crisp and heartfelt correspondence from Hepburn, who, despite her familial burdens, does her best to remain optimistic. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.