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Golden Globes Around the World Podcast: Sean Hepburn Ferrer

This August marks the 70th anniversary of the theatrical release of the classic romantic comedy film, Roman Holiday, which won both a Golden Globe Best Actress – Comedy and an Academy Award Best Actress for its star, Audrey Hepburn, in her first starring role in Hollywood.

In honor of the milestone – and so many more films starring the beloved actress, including My Fair Lady (1964), Sabrina (1954) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – HFPA member Bárbara de Oliveira Pinto spoke to producer Sean Hepburn Ferrer, the only son of the ten-time Globe nominee and three-time Globe winner, in this week’s episode of the Golden Globes Around the World podcast series.

Roman Holiday, directed by William Wyler, stars Hepburn as a bored European princess visiting Rome. She rebels against her obligations and escapes her handlers to spend one night living as a normal girl, when she falls for an American newsman (Gregory Peck) as he shows her the city on the back of his vespa with no idea she’s royalty.

Sean Hepburn Ferrer, whose father was actor/producer/director/writer Mel Ferrer, talks about the film and her lifelong friendship with Gregory Peck, as well as his own family life growing up as the son of Hollywood royalty, her passion for saving children and her life hidden away in Switzerland, where she passed away in 1993 at age 63. 

Ferrer also wrote the book, ‘Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers.’