Freeze Frame: The ‘feud’ between Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn that ended in this Oscar photo

Audrey Hepburn and Julie Andrews are both movie stars and iconic household names in their own right.

But the Hollywood the legends have already battled off-screen in a bid to land the lead role in an Oscar-winning production.

It was the 1960s and the stage show my lovely lady was to be made into a musical starring the then 34-year-old Hepburn.

Andrews, then 30, had been sensationally passed over for the role of a lifetime.

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Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn at the 1965 Oscars. (Bettmann Archives)

By then Andrews was well known as a Broadway star. She had never appeared on the big screen but, for a moment, it seemed that Mary Poppins icon would land the role of Eliza Dolittle without a hitch.

It made sense to fans of My handsome boyy – Andrews had played the titular character on stage on Broadway and she was a shoe for the cast in the film adaptation.

However, Andrews is believed to have shattered his own chances of landing the lead role.

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Warner Bros studio boss Jack Warner reportedly asked him to take a screen test.

“A screen test? You’ve seen me play the part and you know I can do a good job,” Andrews reportedly replied.

In response to her reported refusal, Warner quickly told the press that he would only consider “established movie stars” for the role of Eliza Dolittle.

Enter Audrey Hepburn. The darling of the cinema was already widely acclaimed for her performances in sabrina, Funny head and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

He was offered the whopping $1 million fee to star in the film, a salary rarely commanded by stars at the time.

My Fair Lady was released in 1964. (AP)

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“You can say ‘Audrey Hepburn’ and people will instantly know you’re talking about a beautiful, talented star,” Warner said at the time.

“In my job, I have to know who gets people and their money to a theater’s box office.”

However, Hepburn was criticized for “struggling” the beloved role of Andrews, especially from Broadway fans who loved the original.

She justified it to the media at the time, saying: “I understood the dismay of people who had seen Julie on Broadway. Julie appropriated this role, and for that reason, I did not want to do the movie when it was first released. offered.”

“She was very hurt because she felt that if she took Julie Andrews’ place and couldn’t sing anymore, it would look very bad on her.”

“I learned that if I refused, they would offer it to another movie actress. I thought I had the right to do it as much as the third girl, so I agreed.”

After Hepburn’s casting, greater controversy loomed over the film that became a Broadway blockbuster.

Director Andre Previn hadn’t told Hepburn that they had no intention of using his real voice for My beautiful lady.

Hepburn worked 12 hours a day during production, but as director George Cukor claimed, it wasn’t enough.

“When she started, it was agony for this girl to sing. But she’s not afraid to make a fool of herself,” he said.

“She has the courage to do it, to do it miserably at first, but to do it.”

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<p><span>The filmmakers brought in voice actor Marni Nixon, who sang for Natalie Wood in </span><em><span>West Side Story</span></em><span>to replace Hepburn’s voice.</span></p>
<p><span>Previn said Hepburn was devastated when she found out, especially due to the cruel story that she had stolen the role from Andrews.</span></p>
<p><span>“She was very hurt because she felt that if she took Julie Andrews’ place and couldn’t sing anymore, it would look very bad on her,” he said, according to the book. </span><em><span>Audrey Hepburn</span></em><span>    by Barry Paris.</span></p>
<p><span>“But she never said a word. I’m sure she had tears about it.”</span></p>
<p><span>According </span><a href=Varietyat Mary Poppins press party ‘it was clear the girls respect each other’ – so maybe Andrews wasn’t worried about losing my lovely lady at Hepburn.

But Andrews reportedly told the reporter that she would have “spit in someone’s eye” if she had been asked to record the songs for the film version.

Upon the film’s release, Hepburn was criticized for only giving “a half performance” by critics.

“I always find the sight of a beautiful model singing someone else’s head rather less than thrilling,” said the Sunday Telegraph Hedda Hopper wrote at the time.

Despite this, the film became a box office hit. It grossed $72 million and was nominated for 12 Oscars in 1965.

But the real controversy lay in the fact that Hepburn did not receive a Best Actress nomination. Andrews, meanwhile, received a nomination for her performance in Mary Poppins.

Then, on Oscar night, Hepburn watched Andrews win the Best Actress Oscar.

Andrews was now a Broadway and movie star, despite Warner’s reasoning for not casting her in the first place.

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins
Andrews won an Oscar for her role as Mary Poppins. (Disney)

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Before the ceremony, Andrews reportedly said, “I think Audrey should have been nominated. I’m so sorry she wasn’t.”

A photo of Andrews clutching his Oscar posing next to Hepburn has become an infamous symbol of their alleged feud.

Rumors swirled that Andrews only won the Oscar for his portrayal of Mary Poppins because of the painful public snub.

But later she dismissed that theory, telling the press, “I’d like to think I won it for good reasons rather than those.”

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar decades later, Andrew admitted he was shocked to be passed over for the role of Eliza Dolittle.

“I was hoping, at that time, that maybe when the movie got shot, I would be asked to do it,” Andrews said.

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“But it wasn’t an ambition. I didn’t really think I was that important to justify being used. But, you know, there was a fantasy of what a thrill it would be.”

But long after Hepburn’s death in 1993, Andrews said she shared a sweet moment with the late actress after they met at the 1965 Oscars.

And with that, all lingering rumors of a lifelong feud between the talented Hollywood stars have finally been put to bed.

During an interview with Parade in 2011, Andrews recalled Hepburn telling her, “Julie, you should have done it, but I didn’t have the courage to refuse. We were friends from that point on.”

“I don’t think there was a soul that didn’t love him,” Andrews, now 86, said in the same interview.

“And my husband adored her too. I think I can honestly say that if I hadn’t come into her life, maybe she would have.”

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<B>The Oscar:</B> Best Actress for <I>Erin Brockovich</I>at the 73rd Academy Awards (2001).</p>
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