Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
On their way to an award show, two legendary talents share an idle chat thousands of feet above the ground.
When it comes to having that “it factor” that lasted for many years after they were no longer in films, both Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins certainly had it. The two had become big stars in the industry and although they’ve passed on, they are names that are still certainly remembered. After all, some of the roles that they played were considered to be among the most iconic in movie history. At one point, their two paths had crossed which allowed for this photograph to be taken.
Hepburn had come from Belgium where she suffered through a war torn childhood as the second World War had broken out in Europe. Originally wanting to be a ballet dancer, Hepburn switched focus and started on working on establishing an acting career. In 1948, Hepburn would be in a film for the first time with “Dutch in Seven Lessons”, though she wasn’t quite ready for stardom yet.
When the 1950s started, Hepburn started to land more roles that included giving her her first shot at being the lead actress. Then, in 1953, Hepburn became a breakout start thanks to her role in “Roman Holiday”. Just about everyone know who Hepburn was after that role, and she became one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood. For the rest of the 1950s, Hepburn added on roles in films like “Funny Face” and “War and Peace”.
As for Perkins, he was an American that came from New York City that had also gotten an early start in his acting career. In 1953, Perkins had his first film role with “The Actress” that put him on the map, leading to bigger roles in the middle of the decade. The next role for Perkins came in 1956’s “Friendly Persuasion” that earned him a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the following years, perkins added hits such as “Fear Strikes Out”, “The Tin Star” and “Desire Under the Elms”.
To wrap up the decade, the two Hollywood stars would be brought together to lead the way in the film “Green Mansions”. The film was based on the novel of the same name that had come out more than 50 years prior, with Mel Ferrer landing the gig as the movie’s director. It was another one of those big budget films from Metro Goldwyn Mayer that combined both romance and comedy. Here, you see the two on the set of the film, bringing the two legends together.
In the film, Perkins plays the role of Abel, a man that seeks out revenge for a war that had been fought abroad, leading him into a forest. While there, he runs into a woman named Rima, who was played by Hepburn. The two eventually fall in love after going through some adventures together, eventually starting their lives together. While it seems like it would’ve been a hit on paper, “Green Mansions” surprisingly didn’t do that well.
With a large (at the time) budget of nearly $3.3 million, the film only pulled in around $2.4 million at the box office. It also wasn’t a favorite with critics, with many calling it a disappointment. Regardless, Hepburn and Hopkins didn’t have their careers hurt by the lack of success that the film had, as they went on to be just fine.
Following “Green Mansions”, Hepburn continued to play the lead role in movies. Her next film was “The Nun’s Story”, and two years later she had perhaps her most memorable role with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. For the rest of the 1960s, Hepburn remained busy with movies like “My Fair Lady” and “Wait Until Dark”, but then decided to step away a bit from acting after 1967. She had just four more film roles following that, including “Robin and Marian” and her final role in 1989’s “Always”.
Meanwhile, Perkins had two more films in the year that followed the release of “Green Mansions”. Then, in 1960, Perkins had the role that he’d become the most well known for when he played Norman Bates in the film “Psycho”. Not only was the Alfred Hitchcock directed film a massive success, but it was also credited as being one of the more memorable performances in cinematic history.
This helped to establish Hopkins as a huge star for the rest of the 1960s, appearing in several more films in both television and on the big screen. He’d add hit films in the 1970s such as “Catch-22” and “WUSA” while continuing to get more work. Toward the end of the decade, Hopkins would shift more of his focus onto television, become a staple of small screen films. He also reprised his role for two more “Psycho” films, including the third in the series in which he was also the director.
The early 1990s would be the last time that we’d see Perkins on screen. He had a fourth “Psycho” film to kick off the decade and films both “A Demon in My View” and “In the Deep Woods” which came out in 1992, and it would be his final role. While he was still working, Perkins had found out that he contracted HIV, which progressed quickly into AIDS and caused his health to decline. On September 12, 1992, Perkins had officially passed away from pneumonia caused on by his weakened immune system at the age of 60.
Sadly, Hepburn wasn’t too far behind as she had become ill in the same year that Perkins had passed away. Hepburn was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that had spread, putting her into treatment. After battling the illness for a couple of months, her health had also declined and she passed away at the age of 63 on January 20, 1993 while at her home in Switzerland. It’s now been more than 25 years since both Hepburn and Hopkins have passed, but they still left behind long legacies in film that won’t soon be forgotten. It’s a shame that the one film they shared together wasn’t more of a success, but we got to see two legends at work.