Fans of Audrey Hepburn‘s classic movies will be thrilled to know that a TV series about the Hollywood legend is currently in development, the idea being that the early parts of her life will be turned into a television drama. The show is coming from Wildside, the Italian production company that created The Young Pope and My Brilliant Friend, and which purchased the rights to the biography Audrey at Home, Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen, written by her son, Luca Dotti, and Luigi Spinolato, an Italian journalist.
In a statement, Wildside noted, “In writing the New York Times bestseller, Audrey at Home, Luca and Luigi explored the singularity of Audrey’s real self and discovered along the way that it all matched. The muse, the mother, and the later humanitarian all closely relate to a girl that never stopped to be amazed by the gift of life.”
Audrey, of course, has a long list of classic movie credits, among them Sabrina, Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, Wait Until Dark, Robin and Marian, and My Fair Lady.
David Willis, who has written, among other books, Audrey: The 50s and Audrey: The 60s, wrote a tribute to the actress at Biography.com. In it, he comments, “In an era dominated by the atomic prurience of the bombshells and on the heels of the Forties glamazons, Audrey revolutionized movie glamour with an understated allure that had never been seen on-screen before. Not an actress of the chameleon variety, she relied on innate gifts, undiluted by specific training. She maneuvered sleekly within a narrow range, her fashion-model perfection never completely submerged. Audrey’s unique appearance — the short hair, the slender frame and petite bosom, the long neck, the prominent brow, the strong jawline, and the irregular smile — set her apart; the cadence of her voice, with its velvet tones and tip-of-the-tongue enunciation, made for an unmistakable accompaniment that continues to melt hearts.
“There is no actress alive who can turn a minute on-screen into a tutorial on poise, spontaneity, comic timing, professionalism, chemistry, and, of course, casual elegance,” he adds. “Similar to most of the great stars, she was equally popular with both male and female audiences. For men, there was a vulnerability that brought out a need to protect, and for women, there was the dream of reinvention, the Cinderella makeover, that we saw again and again in her films.”
The Audrey Hepburn TV series is expected to start shooting in 2020.