Speculation has it that the impeccable couple from Roman Holiday did in fact fell for each other in real life, but the decency of both terminated their love from sprouting. In 1952, the 36 years old Gregory Peck was established and married, while the 23 years old Audrey Hepburn was just debuting. A few years leading to his divorce, she was no longer available. Then on forward, they kept missing each other-she single he married, he single she married, so that eventually tragedy ruled in giving them the luck to encounter, but not the fate to wed.
He was the humble gentleman of every girl’s ideal, the most handsome man in the world. His charming gaze and dazzling smile would instantly steal any women’s heart. Half a century later he still remains the symbolic dreamboat of global fans, his legacy surviving long past the day he kissed the world goodbye. She was a distant relative of the English royalty and a perfect fit for Princess Ann. Noble at heart and stunning beyond words, she exhibited extraordinary elegance in the press scene closing Roman Holiday, effortlessly swapping across languages as she met and greeted an international pool of journalists. Perfection hit perfection as the film mixed a chemistry whose spark would endure long past the eternally remembered summer day in romantic Rome.
The mutual appreciation between Peck and Hepburn stretched over pure heterosexual admiration, in addition to which he also saw a lot in her as an actress. Otherwise, he would not have specifically requested to share billing with the relatively unknown Hepburn. In 1952, he was widely recognized with multiple hits and four Oscar nominations, while she had only taken smaller, less important roles. When his agent second doubted his decision to put Hepburn’s name with his above the title, saying, “You can’t do that,” he responded, “Oh, yes I can. And if I don’t, I am going to make a fool out of myself because this girl is going to win the Oscar on her very first performance.”
By the time of Roman Holiday, Peck was already distressed about Greta Kukkonen, but the unhappy couple struggled to file divorce in consideration of their three young children. When Peck finally decided to carry on with the dilemma, Hepburn had begun to see British businessman James Hanson. He did not stay single long enough for her come back and the moment she was available, he quickly married the Paris news reporter Veronique Passani with whom he remained until his death. Meanwhile, Peck indirectly enabled Hepburn’s 14 years marriage to American actor Mel Ferrer as the couple developed feelings at his cocktail party. However, the contractual bond with Ferrer seemed damned throughout as they only yielded one son, the rest of Hepburn’s five pregnancies resulting in miscarriages.
The year of Audrey’s death in 1993, Gregory quickly kissed her coffin and confessed what he had wished to confess for a lifetime: “you are the only love of my life”. Ten years later, he repurchased in her memory, the butterfly brooch he gave to Audrey as a wedding present at the Sotheby New York auction house. As he closed his eyes to farewell the world 49 days later, he held the brooch with a smile on his face. At last, the unbecoming couple reunited in Heaven.