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GIGI, 1951-1952
GIGI, 1951-1952
GIGI, 1951-1952
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GIGI, 1951-1952

GIGI, 1951-1952
Audrey Hepburn's working script for the 1951 Broadway stage production Gigi, Fulton Theater, New York, the script with approximately 104 pages of mimeographed typescript bound in black leather, the title page inscribed in black ink in Hepburn's hand Audrey Hepburn, additionally annotated with contact addresses Edgar Scott, Villanova, PA and 157 West 57 Street Apt 6B, the latter address possibly for Miss Collette [indistinct], the parts for the character of Gigi underlined in blue ink, with words underlined in pencil for emphasis, deletions to dialogue and approximately 50 pages annotated in Hepburn's hand with copied out lines, direction notes and amendments to the script including:
- Act I, Scene 2, p. 7 Hepburn expresses Gigi’s boredom and resentment with the direction coat – hat – 1,2,3 looks – kick, foot hurt
- Act I, Scene 2, p. 15 Hepburn edits the line Oh, Aunt Alicia! A dress from Bechoff-David! to A dress from Paquin!
- Act I, Scene 3, p. 10 when Gigi asks Gaston where he will be eating tonight, Hepburn has amended the restaurant from Larue’s to Maxim’s
- Act II, Scene 3, p. 9 when Gigi escapes, crying, from Gaston’s arms Doesn’t stop you, very strong
- on the reverse of the last page, Hepburn has made the reminder notes Voice down, guts, diction, build
11 ½ x 9 ½ in. (29.2 x 24.1 cm.)
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Although many lay claim to having 'discovered' Audrey Hepburn, Audrey herself attributed her discovery to French novelist Colette. Soon after her first significant film role in Secret People, Audrey was offered a small part in the musical comedy Monte Carlo Baby, which would be shot in both French and English simultaneously on the French Riviera. Audrey was the only member of the cast to play her part in both versions, as she spoke perfect French.

When shooting a scene in the lobby of the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Audrey was spotted by Colette, who along with a team of talent scouts across Europe and America, was then searching in vain for a young actress to play the part of the gamine Gigi in the Broadway adaptation of her 1944 novella. In American Weekly, 1952, Colette recalled ...the moment I saw her I could not take my eyes away. "There," I said to myself incredulously, "is Gigi!" ...That afternoon I offered her the part.

Although feeling ill-equipped to play such a leading role, Audrey eventually agreed, sailing for New York in October 1951, and learning her lines over the eighteen day crossing. Rehearsals were tough, but by the time of the preview in Philadelphia, the critics declared her the acting find of the year. Within a week of opening at the Fulton Theatre on 24 November, Audrey's name was up in lights, given top billing above the title of the play - she was a star. The show ran for a total of 219 performances, closing on 31 May, 1952.

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