Paramount at the Movies Presents: Roman Holiday [Not Rated]
Movies | 06/10/2018 | 2:00PM
While visiting Rome, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) escapes for a night from her overwhelming public schedule. After falling asleep on a park bench, Ann is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Joe – who is dissatisfied by his unfulfilling career – gets swept up in the scoop of the century when he realizes Ann’s true royal identity. Seeing his grand opportunity, Joe promises an exclusive interview with Ann, but he finds himself interrupted when romance gets in the way.
Did You Know?
- After filming, Gregory Peck suggested to the producers that, they should put Audrey Hepburn’s name above the title in promotional materials, since he was certain that she would win an Oscar. They did, and Peck was right – Hepburn did win the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award.
- Audrey Hepburn won the role of Ann thanks to her legendary screen test. She performed a scene from the film, and the cameraman was instructed to keep the cameras rolling after the scene was over. Hepburn was then captured for several minutes of unrehearsed, spontaneous behavior. This footage, combined with some candid interview footage, won her the role.
- Paramount originally wanted to shoot this movie in Hollywood, but William Wyler refused, insisting it must be shot on location in Italy. Paramount finally agreed, but with a much lower budget. This meant the movie would be in black and white, not the expected Technicolor, and he would need to cast an unknown actress as the Princess, Audrey Hepburn. This would be the first American film to be made in its entirety in Italy.