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Audrey Hepburn's dark letter to stepmother up for auction


Audrey Hepburn poster

Audrey Hepburn poster

Audrey Hepburn with George Peppard

Audrey Hepburn with George Peppard


Audrey Hepburn poster

A heartfelt letter from Hollywood's Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn, to her Irish stepmother is to go under the hammer in Boston this week.

The letter was written in 1981, in the midst of Hepburn's drawn out divorce from her second husband and the father of her son Luca, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.

The couple tied the knot in Morges, Switzerland in 1969 and divorced 13 years later following a string of infidelities.

Addressed to the actress's step mother, Fidelma Hepburn, the four page letter, along with the original envelope, details the emotional turmoil the actress is going through.

"I am in the middle of the divorce, all so sad and wearing, how I prayed it would never come to this!" Hepburn writes.

"Now I long for it all to be over."

Hepburn's father, Anthony Hepburn-Ruston - a Czech fascist - moved to Ireland in the wake of World War II and fell for Fidelma Walshe - a woman 30 years his junior.

The couple lived together on Sydenham Road in Ballsbridge until Hepburn-Ruston's death in 1980.

"I can understand how sad and empty you must feel," Hepburn continues.

Hepburn had a strained relationship with her father but was close to her Irish stepmother.

The letter will be auctioned by Boston-based company RR Auction on March 20.

It has a minimum reserve of $1,000-$2,000 but vice president of RR Auctions, Bobby Livingstone, believes it will go for a higher sum.

Irish Independent

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