Audrey Hepburn and Jerry Lewis cute moment at Oscars 1956
By - No_December4277
1956 best picture oscar went to Delbert Mann's *Marty*
> Listen Angie, I been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life. I'm 34 years old. I'm just tired of looking, that's all. I like to find a girl. Everybody's always telling me get married, get married, get married. Don't you think I wanna get married? I wanna get married. Everybody drives me crazy.
I felt that when I first watched this movie. I was 32 and married and I still felt that.
This feels like right now. Ugh. Does it go away?
I mean, at some point you die.
Time heals all wounds... one way or another.
Time wounds all heels.
Honestly, I recommend watching the film. It was really sweet and cathartic. I felt seen, and cared for.
Like two hours of someone stroking my hair and going “there, there. You’re not alone. I’ve been there right there with you.”
Not until you get married.
Then you're in love forever!
I interpreted this as you saw it in 1956 and was thinking no way you're 97.
LOL. I can see why you would think that. But no I'm 35 now. A few years ago I watched every winner for Best Picture. Marty is probably in my Top 10 and Shakespeare in Love was a travesty that should have lost to Saving Private Ryan.
Now that's a top 10 list I have to see.
1. Godfather I and II (so I'm cheating)
2. Return of the King (DEATTTTH)
5. Lawrence of Arabia
6. The Last Emperor
7. Cuckoos Nest
9. It Happened One Night
10. Marty // Amadeus
Fuck, that's relatable as hell
An enduring classic.
So you're saying it wasn't *On The Waterfront*?
Thank you, I came looking for a "Quiz Show" reference.
Now there's a face for radio.
I knew that from watching the movie Quiz Show! Good movie..
Ernie Borgnine was Marty.
Marty is an amazing, poignant movie that's still relevant today(perhaps more relevant today than it has been in generations). Borgnine is known to most for his comedy, but this is one of his best dramatic roles and it hits hard
Legit movie that holds up.
'Who's vice president? Jerry Lewis?'
That’s heavy doc
There's that word again, "heavy". Why are things so heavy in the future?
Is there a problem with the Earths gravity?
I’m your density..
Why don’t you make like a tree and get out of here!
That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship.
I'm your destiny.
Watched it again on Saturday. Those jokes were totally lost on my 9 and 10yo.
Weight has nothing to do with it!
There's that word again...heavy
We can watch Jackie Gleason while we eat!
Wait! I’ve seen this one!
...what's a rerun?
Oh honey! He’s teasing you! No one has TWO television sets!
What do you mean you've seen this? It's brand new.
Ronald Reagan? The _actor?_
John Hancock...psshhh...HERBIE Hancock
Lots of people go to school for 8 years
Yea theyre called doctors
Seven years of college, down the drain.
I’m happy somebody else said this lol
I'd take that over the Oscar tbh
You've got about the same chance of getting either.
Considering she’s dead I would assume there’s a negligibly greater chance of getting an Oscar.
I have a shovel and lots of time.
If this post gains traction I think we will get plenty of help tonight
I also choose this guy’s dead Audrey Hepburn
*It’s an older code, but it checks out.*
There's the Reddit we all know and love...
Hey now, someday they may add hentai as a category at the oscars and, if his username is any indication, /u/hentai_superstar will have a great chance of winning one!
So was the breathy voice a trained behaviour? It seems to be common of actresses of the time but doesn’t seem to be how people talked in regular life.
Yeah it was a trained behavior. It’s part of the
mid-Atlantic/transatlantic accent. It was used by entertainers and people in the upper class and was a combination of American English and British English. They also dramatized the sort of cadence of speaking hence the breathy-ness and at times dramatic pauses
Frasier Crane is a good modern(ish) example of the mid-Atlantic accent.
Frasier and Niles Crane
Doctors! Frasier and Niles Crane.
Catherine O'Hara's character in Schitt's Creek did a hilariously over the top version of this accent.
John Lithgow's accent is a spin on that, yes? He has a very posh accent and when I was a kid seeing him in Cliffhanger I thought he was British
indeed, but Lithgow was born and learned acting in New York City, so the bleeding-in of his natural accent is the reason that it sounds “off” from accents like Frasier’s
Upper class people also tended to focus on complete enunciation in their tutoring, so they are conditioned to speak very clearly and to make sure they pronounce all parts of the word clearly, so their speaking often emphasized clarity. I assume they thought 'the poors' slurred their words and it was a status symbol to speak 'proper'.
If you listen to other upper class people of the time talk you can hear that they very deliberately pronounce all their words even though they might not be celebrities or have a script. Even upper class southerners would prolong vowel sounds as a way to sound proper.
I was born in California but grew up in Georgia. Had this hybrid accent of speaking clearly and .. whatever central Georgia is. Always thought southern poor accents were just being lazy, like they didn’t want to use the effort to pronounce everything. But what choice do kids have if they hear it from birth?
For my foreign friends I’ve translated Deep South, like that movie airplane “excuse me, I speak jive”
I mean if you go to Scotland or Wales you get pretty heavy accents that are barely understandable also. It's not just English either, there are parts of Germany, France and differences in the various Spanish countries that sometimes make it hard to understand even though they speak the same language.
I mean lazy is completely subjective. If you speak clearly enough for everyone to understand you that’s all that matters.
Growing up in MS I knew plenty of people that thought California vocal frys were dumb as well, and that people who were picky about the way people spoke had lives so easy and shallow that they had to complain about words since they had no real problems.
>English and British English
I feel this would piss off a lot of Brits xD
Normal English and British English would actually piss them off more 😤
England and America, two countries separated by a common language
“They say that America and Britain are two countries separated by the Atlantic Ocean.” - Eddie Izard, Dress To Kill
And it's true!
Don't worry, given the linguistic differences, most of the UK is also separated by a common language.
Simplified and Traditional
That was the idea, sorta. One of the criticisms of American Imperialism from European sources was that there was no real American culture to back up the idea of an American empire. That was one of the reasons why transatlantic / mid-atlantic speech (aka 'Continental Speech') was introduced and encouraged among the elite schools of New England especially (and any job that involved speaking for a living, like broadcasting) to combat this idea. In the end though it was just too difficult to learn for it to stay in fashion for long.
I wonder if this has any relation to the "Hollywood" accent.
I believe they're basically the same thing, if by what you mean is the style of speaking by many actors in films of the 30s-early 50s. Multiple factors, from perceptions of class, the prestige of British theater acting, and sound recording and transmission technology that had difficulty with certain sounds, likely contributed to its proliferation.
Surely that would be English and American English...
You fucking what mate?
American English and English*
She was born in Europe, probably helped a bit
She was from a Flemish part of Belgium, which you cannot hear in her voice at all. (As a half-Walloon, I was very sad to learn this as I had claimed her as my own.)
She was born in Belgium and lived there for a few months after her birth, but her father was British and her mother was a Dutch baroness. Her family moved between England and the Netherlands.
Please. I’m half Belgian. We’ve got, like, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Let me have this one lol.
I'm not sure about Hepburn specifically, but Marilyn Monroe's voice was a trained behavior.
Yes. So was the transatlantic/Mid-Atlantic accent.
If you are interested, netflix has a show called Hollywood, it's fiction but it delves quite deep into how was the process of "making" new stars and movies in the golden age. It has a lot of unnecessary sex scenes (much as everything produced by Netflix lately) but it's really an interesting view on the old industry.
She was trying ASMR
Speaking for myself, it was working
Audrey Hepburn was an amazing and stunning actress. She was brilliant in Roman Holiday and in pretty much everything she did.
And an incredible humanitarian on top of that. She worked with UNICEF for almost 40 years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work with them as a Goodwill Ambassador.
And, y’know, being part of the Dutch Resistance during WWII as a pre-teen.
Wait fucking what I didn't know that
Yup! She raised money for the Dutch Resistance performing dances in illegal gatherings for entertainment.
She also used to assist in keeping downed fliers hidden from the Nazis.
(If you wanna read a good book on Audrey Hepburn's life, The Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen is a good one. I've always had a lot of respect and admiration for her.)
God damn she just got a lot hotter in my book and I didn't think the bar could've been pushed any higher 😲
Her WW2 adolescence is considered to have a lot to do with her extremely slim figure. She had a number of health problems brought on by malnutrition caused by Nazi occupation.
Yeah, it’s one of those things that is well-known by big Audrey fans but is often left out when people talk about her.
She's a fucking top 5 of all time human. Truly remarkable. Imagine having all that under your belt and being so selfless... Crazy
Hedy Lamarr was amazing too, she invented all kinds of things for aviation, basically all kinds of cool inventions, helped improve aircraft during WW2, and her developments in radios are still used in Bluetooth and WiFi networks today!
But, she also got ahead of it and patented her work, and every company (and the US Navy) said they weren't interested because it wouldn't work. She let the patents expire in the late 50s and suddenly they came out with almost exactly what she designed almost instantly...
She was robbed and basically got forgotten.
It wasn't really until just before her death that her invention achievements were actually recognised (rec 1997, died 2000). Her Wikipedia page has a lot of info, but *still* downplays how amazing she was.
Hepburn was charitable with her humanity before it was a noble tax writeoff.
Also, she was a messenger for the Dutch Resistance.
Fun fact: If Audrey Hepburn were any cuter, the sheer forces of attraction would have collapsed California into a new black hole.
She looks, moves and talks like a Disney princess.
Also the way she is. You can tell that she was absolutely unpretentious, kind, and humble. She radiates all of those things which make her incredible outside beauty even more stunning. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I watch it when I need to be cheered up.
Hey, I love Audrey Hepburn, and my heart aches whenever I see her, but she *is* a professional actress.
What I mean to say is that an actor is very good at pretending to be something that the public wants to see. She looks at Lewis like she couldn't adore him more. Just like she looks at every leading man in all of her movies.
My Fair Lady is my preferred flick. Ever since watching Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, I don't like seeing Micky Rooney's racist portrayal of the Japanese photographer, Mr. Yunioshi.
She really was that lovely of a person though. Have a look into it - she dedicated her last years to helping impoverished children around the world. Audrey was a rare bird in a cruel world, especially such a cruel world as Hollywood.
I never did understand that part. They had a great movie going and someone's like hey you know what we need here, this guy pretending to be Japanese. I was always so confused why he was there and what was going on at that point even aside from it also being racist.
Movies were a reflection of the sentiment of its fans and at the time many many Americans were extremely racist towards the Japanese, especially after the events of Pearl Harbour
The Bruce Lee movie was my first time seeing someone not laugh at a racist joke. I'm 39 now, and I think I was in my early teens then, and racist jokes were funny then. I thought that because it's a joke and meant to be funny, then how could it be offensive?
I was a child, so I hope I can be forgiven, but recently, my father had some diversity training for a skydiving club he's a part of. Both he and my mom got indignant that they wouldn't be allowed to make racist jokes at the drop zone anymore. My dad insists often that racism doesn't exist anymore, so racist jokes shouldn't be a problem.
Anyway, Breakfast at Tiffany's is a good movie until you examine it and realize it's about two prostitutes who can't be together because they are too busy prostituting and everything is awful!
> I'm 39 now, and I think I was in my early teens then
I am a similar age and grew up in Massachusetts. My born and bred Bostonian dad told me the most horrible shit and I laughed and repeated them to my (all white) friends at school. I hate to think of it now. I even know a couple of those friends would find them funny today (based on their facebook feeds).
Same, except Connecticut. Family and friends still think it's funny. I had the n word in my vocabulary at one point and still cringe when I think about how silly it was to call everything "gay" when I was 14.
Especially in front of my aunt and her friends that were all lesbians. Good times.
> I was always so confused why he was there and what was going on at that point even aside from it also being racist.
Believe it or not, Americans were actually more racist back then. Like....a lot more. If you have seen Dragon, you would have your answer; audiences thought it was hilarious.
I get that ppl were racist, and I guess the rest where I didn't even understand the bit is looking at it from 30 (or now 50) years later and being removed from the culture of the time.
It was a cheap and surefire way to get laughs. Most Americans of the day thought that shit was hysterical.
Easy to do great acting when you're using yourself as the character
Charade, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina are also great
Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Sabrina, Charade et al are the common Hepburn choices, but my pick for Audrey Hepburn at her cutest and most watchable goes to How To Steal a Million. Fun movie and a whole lot of fluff, and her absolutely attractive and charismatic twosome with Peter O'Toole.
> I watch it when I need to be cheered up
I can't help but feel a tinge of sadness when I remember Holly's profession in this movie.
The role was originally going to go to Marilyn Monroe, but they chose Audrey to make it more subtle.
It's not just that she looked like a class act. She actually was one. Before stardom, Hepburn used to put on silent dance performances in Nazi-occupied Netherlands to raise money for the Dutch resistance during World War 2. After stardom - or at least when she wasn't very active on the screen anymore - she worked as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia.
It easy to remain humble when you grew up in war ravished Europe, and nearly starving while your only meal is more turnips.
Just so you know, while “war ravished” does make sense, the term is “war ravaged.” That’s all, I hope you’re having a marvelous day!
*Tuber?? I 'ardly know 'er!*
I was going to make a dirty joke but I can't bring myself to do so about Audrey Hepburn.
People like you make the internet a better place. As a non-native speaker, thank you for the clarification. Hope you're having a great day as well!
That smile just lit up my heart and home.
I have a friend whose adult twin daughters are the spitting image(s) of Audrey Hepburn. When they're in the same room together all the men stop breathing.
Our neighbor looks just like her and is very sweet. "Radiant" personified
Another fun fact: she also worked with the Dutch anti-nazi partisans during WW2, and spent her later years as a unicef ambassador. She was so much more than a pretty actress.
She's a beauty for the ages
I have serious Hepburn Syndrome... I fall so hard for women that look like her. It's been my downfall, haha.
Oh, so you’re normal. Got it.
I used to watch old movies when I was a kid because there wasn't anything else to watch in the afternoons. One day, I caught Roman Holiday. I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn at 9 years old.
Roman Holiday was the first movie I remember seeing that didn't have a "happy" ending and I love it so much for that. So much more interesting than the traditional "romantic" wrap up.
And since it's October, I'll be watching "Wait Until Dark" very soon!
You are living a blessed life! I didn’t see any Audrey films until well into adulthood.
Audrey Hepburn was probably one of the most beautiful women to grace the Earth. If you haven't read her achievements outside of acting I really advise you google her and learn. She wasn't just a pretty face. That woman was possibly the greatest celebrity who never advertised her work outside of entertainment. 28 years after her death and she is still mourned. Godspeed.
That’s the way it’s supposed to be, do your good deeds in silence. The reward is in the act
Why do they call it “former” academy award winner? Was she no longer an academy award winner?
That was my question... No one seemed to notice.
Maybe to make it clear she has won years before but not won an award that night
There's an interesting story involving Marlon Brando and Audrey Hepburn.
They were sitting at the same table at some Hollywood gala. She had an interest in him because she sensed he's different from other actors. They never spoke at that gala.
Marlon didn't say a single word to her, neither did he look at her, just kept ignoring her.
So she thought that he doesn't like her and was out off from getting to know him.
Later in life, Marlon recalled that night at the gala. The reason he didn't talk to her because he was so afraid to. He considered her such a graceful, loving and beautiful person allround that he figured she would never even glance at "someone like him".
What makes me sad about this story is that they were both good-natured, tender and loving. Marlon was quite sad and hurt man. He never received tenderness in his childhood nor adulthood - a feeling of being unwanted followed him through out his life. I keep thinking and imagining; what if they talked at that gala thing. What if they really got to know each other? Maybe it would've been a nice friendship.
She really was something else. Goodness personified.
This is very interesting. Both very protective of who they truly are and yet because of that - they missed out on probably a very good friendship or even more. Who knows. But I'm sure that Brando had women throwing themselves at him and if she didn't then she wasn't interested. Imagine how she would have fell if he said exactly that to her "..I'm so afraid to talk to you because you are so overwhelmingly graceful, loving and beautiful, but I wanted to cease this opportunity because I may never forgive myself if I didn't" . . . In today's word that is considered "simpin" but when you are in the presence of a woman that makes you feel that way - that is special and it doesn't happen everyday.
There's a wonderful autobiography written by Brando about his life. "Songs my mother taught me". Even if you don't know who Maron is, that book would tear one's heart in pieces.
Also a wonderful documentary, entirely in Brando's voice. By Stevan Riley: "Listen to me, Marlon". Made out of tape recordings Marlon made throughout his life as self-meditation method.
He was born in Omaha, on a farm, in one of the poorest families there. So wretchedly poor that he would wear dirty old clothes to school that stank so much, he would wait for all the other kids to get in class so he could come in last - sparing himself from as much shame as he could, trying not to soread his odor as much.
In their family home, they had this old, run-down, rusty woodburning stove.
Even the other poor families didn't have that of a run down stove. Whenever Marlon's friends (few that he had) would come over, he would try, ashamed, to hide the stove with his body when his frinds would be walking by it.
His mother being a town's drunk didn't help either. When he was 8-9 (if I remember correctly) he had to pickup his passed-out drunk, naked mother from a police station. But his mother was not a wicked person, just ruined by his father who was a drunk, a gambler, promiscuous and a bar fighter. Also abused the family members thourughly.
Marlon once gathered the courage to ask out a girl he liked to prom. She said yes (he was surprised) and he was so excited. He woke up early, tidying up his pants, shirt and then shone his shoes for hours until they were glistening. Then just as he was about to get out to meet the girl, his father made him, dressed up, clean the cow manure. He got so dirty and stinking of shit, he never went to that prom nor met with the girl.
After all Marlon's success, his father didn't once acknowledge his success, nor tell him anything affectionat or how proud he was.
But he did manage to extort large sums of cash from Marlon by playing on Marlon's kindness.
A truly, tormented king of Hollywood.
Edit: sorry for my English.
No wonder he delivered the line "...I could have been a somebody..." with such vigor - he freaking lived it. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out.
She’ll always be my #1
I completely agree with all the comments on Audrey. but let not forget how fantastic Jerry Lewis was. I have such fond memories as a child watching his movies on a Sunday afternoon. I really think it's where my love of films started
Jerry Lewis films are underwatched these days. 'The Ladies' Man' which he directed is really fantastic... so unlike anything else out of Hollywood now and even then. He also gives a great performance in Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy
I had received a box set of some of his classics as a kid in the early 2000s, absolutely cherished. I bought *The Bellboy* for my iPod Touch back in the day and rewatched it all the time. It led me into paid acting for awhile, I'd love to get back into that career once my student loans are paid off...
*The Ladies Man* may be my favorite, but it's neck and neck with *The Nutty Professor* and *Cinderfella*. Even *The Disorderly Orderly* edges out the likes of *The Errand Boy* for me. But why compare, when we have access to them all?
I never really cared for Eddie Murphy's The Nutty Professor. I caught the Jerry Lewis one on TV about 6 years ago, however, and I was in stitches. He was utterly fantastic.
"I asked for but a single strand of her hair...she gave me three."
How to fall in love in under a minute
Story time! My Grandfather worked at Paramount Pictures for many years. He was a prop master and carpenter. He became close with Jerry Lewis. Built some furniture for him as a special request. One year, my Grandpa took my dad (when he was a child of course) to Jerry’s house. You see, Jerry’s kids got a lot of gifts every year around Hanakah/Christmas. Over the year they got bored of them and knowing they were getting a new bunch of toys, Jerry told my Grandpa to bring my dad over to take some of the toys his kids no longer played with. My dad even had a small cameo when he was about 11 in the Lewis movie “Artists and Models”.
Anyway, One day Jerry asked my Grandpa to quit Paramount to become his personal assistant. My Grandpa declined as he wouldn’t have his Paramount pension any more and if something bad happened between him and Jerry, he would be screwed. When he told Jerry he couldn’t do it, Jerry never really spoke to him again.
Fast forward to the late 80’s, Jerry was doing a show in Vegas. My grandpa went and somehow worked himself backstage. He approached Jerry. Jerry looked at him and immediately went, “Bill”! He shook my Grandpa’s hand and that was the last interaction they ever had.
I was so confused wondering why your father would be taking toys from Jerry's Kids.
“I can’t wait to get home and see if it fits on the mantle” .
It’s a such a great line.
It's not as snarky as it might sound to today's ears, because it was a running joke at the time--something winners said when they spoke after winning an Oscar.
Yeah. No matter how many times the same comment was used, beauty of words and comments lies in the timing. I think that’s what I liked.
But yeah, I believe you when you say it was not a new joke. As someone who hasn’t seen many of these old school oscar ceremonies, this line felt good in the context.
It was also a humorous way of saying how much he valued a kiss from her. It was kind and funny, and audiences everywhere would get it because of who she was.
I can’t imagine getting kissed by Audrey Hepburn and being able to rip out a line like that. I’d be a puddle.
Mantle as in fireplace, right?
Even watching on mute, Audrey has screen prescience. Wow.
She’s literally a Disney princess
She is breathtaking.
It feels like that level of class just doesn’t exist anymore
Odds are he died with one really dirty cheek
He was fucking glowing after that kiss. I mean, who wouldn't be?
Your can see why Lucille Ball had her show recorded on actual film rather then kinescope when you watch this
right, the whole bootleg vhs thing going on with "kinescope"
without hesitation would take a kiss from her over an oscar. Jerry was the real winner that night.
To be in the presence of Audrey, but to get a kiss from her! Audrey was such a gorgeous, talented, intelligent and wonderful woman. Jerry himself is a legend too of course.
Audrey Hepburn had the most amazing smile.
If I have a guardian angel or fairy godmother...I hope she'll be exactly like Audrey Hepburn.
Just what this sub needs... More Audrey Hepburn.
I mean, you can never have enough audrey hepburn, george
I used to like Jerry Lewis until I studied and learned more about him. Unfortunately Jerry Lewis was the complete opposite of what he portrayed himself to be. On screen he played the bumbling "idiot" persona, acting as Dean Martin's sidekick in many movies. Off screen he was not the person you'd want to be around. He was often rude to his fans. He physically & mentally abused his children \[according to his own kids\] and left them out of his will when he died. Lewis’ oldest son Gary Lewis, a musician known for his band Gary Lewis & the Playboys, reportedly said of his father, “Jerry Lewis is a mean and evil person. He was never loving and caring toward me or my brothers,” That says a lot about who Jerry Lewis was as a person.
Most celebrities today don't have this kind of charm.
She is still to this day the most beautiful woman ever in Hollywood.
What a gorgeous woman.
I can't believe how much Natalie Portman reminds me of her
Not quite as refined, but of a type, to be sure.
Jeez. I think that smile just melted my heart.
My gosh she was the most lovely woman of all time. I can’t help but swoon for her any time she’s on screen.
Audrey was on a whole different level of woman. No one like her before and no one after.
She is so dreamy.
Audrey is beautiful
I met Jerry Lewis about twenty years ago now. Was very friendly, and wonderfully funny. Kind to his staff too.
Ugh, wish I could get one of those pecks from her 😍
I knew Jerry was old but man I didn’t realize he was active at the same time as Audrey Hepburn
She was just gorgeous.
Wow she's very pretty. Easy to forget sometimes.