‘Everyone was having a great deal of fun with the scenes [of Paris - When It Sizzles]’, says Bob Willoughby. 'I think Audrey acted as a catalyst for this, for both Bill [Holden, Hepburn’s co-star] and Dick [Quine, director] seemed to have a little competition going for Audrey’s attention. There can’t be any doubt that she was having fun on that film. She was so effervescent and full of joy, so delicious, that I knew there were a few crew members on this film who would have liked to just scoop her up and take her home with them’.
For the early scenes of Eliza peddling flowers in the rain, Audrey got spritzed to make certain that she appeared thoroughly sodden and bedraggled. ‘Audrey spent most of the day soaked to the skin’ remembers Bob Willoughby.
As she had on Green Mansions with Anthony Perkins, Audrey developed a fine friendship during the filming of The Children’s Hour with co-star James Garner. On that ponderous production, Garner’s merry presence was even more crucial. ‘It was not in Audrey’s character to complain, but the emotional content of the script and the slow pace were taking a toll on everyone’ Bob Willoughby remembers. 'This was when Jim Garner was at his best. He had an off-the-wall humor, and when things got especially grim, he would say something funny to break everyone up and literally save the day.’
Rex Harrison had been a smash in the stage production of My Fair Lady, but Jack Warner didn’t want to cast him in the film, and at first approached Cary Grant. ‘Not only will I not play Higgins’, Grant reportedly said, 'but if you don’t use Rex Harrison, I won’t even go to the film’.
On the set, she was always delightful, of course, but also professional. She was serious-minded about her work. ‘None of the crew would ever come over for a chat while she was studying her script, as they might with the other actors’, Bob Willoughby remembers. 'Audrey was always gracious and warm and caring, yet somehow people had a special respect for her personal space’.
Audrey did not see health or beauty in a physical way. One of her favorite poems, which she often quoted to her boys, was Sam Levenson’s lighthearted ‘Time Tested Beauty Tips’, which begins: 'For attractive lips, speak words of kindness/For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people/For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry’. The poem’s concluding verse avers that 'True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul… and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows’. Audrey not only took those words to heart, she personified the sentiment.
Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn and William Wyler enjoy a rare light moment on the set of The Children’s Hour. When asked what the director taught her about her craft, Audrey answered most generously, “Everything”
“Bud [Fraker, photographer] caught my look of admiration and helped me to close my open mouth. ‘She is something, isn’t she?’ he said. (…) My eyes kept drifting back to that face. It was a different face, for sure, but… I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. It was definately something special” - Photographer Bob Willoughby on meeting Audrey Hepburn for the first time (from the book LIFE - Remembering Audrey).
“Bud [Fraker, photographer] caught my look of admiration and helped me to close my open mouth. ‘She is something, isn’t she?’ he said. (…) My eyes kept drifting back to that face. It was a different face, for sure, but… I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. It was definately something special” - Photographer Bob Willoughby on meeting Audrey Hepburn for the first time.