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Audrey Hepburn’s Personal Letters Reveal Secret Heartbreak

A never-before-seen insight into the star’s life

A series of hand written notes from beloved Hollywood actress Audrey Heburn reveal the actresses personal heartbreak.

The letters are written to the actress’ friend Sir Felix Alymer between 1951 and 1960, are up for sale with auction house Bonhams and are expected to fetch upwards of $5,600.

The ten letters are from a period described by the auction house as the most “dramatic decade of her life”.

On her broken engagement with James Hanson:

“It is with a heavy heart I am writing to tell you James Hanson and I are no longer engaged,” she writes. “I know there is little I need explain to you, a gentleman of this profession. For a year I thought it possible to make our combined lives and careers work out…It is all very unhappy-making but I am sure it is the only sensible decision.

Audrey Hepburn with James Hanson in 1952. Photo: Getty

On her wedding to Mel Ferrer:

“How dearly we would love you to be with us on our wedding day…We will have the car take you up to our mountain peak, Friday, for a gathering in our chalet of our nearest and dearest!…Saturday will be the wedding…We want to keep it a dark secret in order to have it without the ‘press.'”

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer wedding day on September 25, 1954. Photo: Getty

On the birth of her first child, son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, after suffering two miscarriages:

“Sean is truly a dream. I find it hard to believe he is really ours to keep. I long to show him to you. We all three send our love and kisses, Audrey.”

Mel Ferrer and Audry Hepburn with their newborn son, Sean. Photo: Getty

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