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ALWAYS, 1989/STEVEN SPIELBERG
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ALWAYS, 1989/STEVEN SPIELBERG

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ALWAYS, 1989/STEVEN SPIELBERG
A typescript letter, signed, from Steven Spielberg to Audrey Hepburn on Speilberg's personalised stationery, dated 14 July, 1989, the one page letter offering Hepburn the part of Hap in his 1989 film Always, joking or, Hep if you do the part, Spielberg explains that the film is based on the 1943 MGM drama A Guy Named Joe, in which Lionel Barrymore played a similar role, but that during filming he changed his mind about the gender of Hap ...it would be much more poignant played, not by a man, but by a woman, Spielberg concludes by expressing his excitement in making the offer and looks forward to meeting her one day, signed in blue ballpoint pen Steven Spielberg
8 ½ x 6 1/8 in. (21.6 x 15.7 cm.)
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In what would be her final film appearance, Audrey agreed to play the part of the god-like angel Hap in Spielberg's 1989 production Always, sent down to guide the newly deceased Richard Dreyfuss. Spielberg originally offered the part to Sean Connery, but when scheduling conflicts got in the way he reconsidered, concluding there was no one more godly than Audrey Hepburn.

In Audrey At Home, Luca Dotti recalls his mother's emotion the day she received this letter: Years before, watching E.T. at a movie theater in Rome, my mother, extremely moved and squeezing my hand, whispered to me, "Luca, this man is a genius." Now that genius was offering her a role. When I asked her what the part was, she replied, "But it doesn't matter! Do you realize he actually wants me?"

Audrey thoroughly enjoyed her experience working on the picture, telling Larry King I loved it, and I wouldn’t mind if he asked me again, like next summer. I’d be right back. I had really one of the best times of my life. The admiration was mutual - Spielberg said one of the greatest thrills of his life was to have worked with Audrey. Hepburn donated her $1 million fee to UNICEF.

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