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Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

April 01, 2020
'Oh, but Paris isn't for changing planes. It's for changing your outlook, for throwing open the windows and letting in la vie en rose!' This sounds like the perfect description for Paris, doesn't it? Well, the line was uttered by one of the city's most famous visitors, the legendary Audrey Hepburn. It was a line off of her 1954 film, 'Sabrina,' in which her titular character talks to Humphrey's Bograt's 'Linus' about what Paris should be about. The icon herself has been to Paris multiple times, both for work and for pleasure. Here are a few spots she famously visited.

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

 

Givenchy

It's no secret that the one person Audrey Hepburn visited the most in Paris was Hubert de Givenchy. The collaboration between the actress and the grand couturier became the most legendary Hollywood and fashion has ever seen. It was through Givenchy's works for Hepburn that both were able to popularize a simple yet classic look that women are still influenced by to this day. Along 3 Avenue Georges V, the famous French designer brand’s atelier still stands and operates as a high fashion brand. It was here where the great designer made his most iconic looks for Hepburn's movies. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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The Ritz

Remember that scene on "Love in the Afternoon" where Hepburn saves Gary Cooper from being shot at by a jealous husband? And they end up making love in the same opulent hotel room? Well, that place was none other than the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris, located by the Louvre area. Long been one of the city's most famous accommodations, Hepburn's movies popularized it even further for fans and tourists alike. Through her films, the luxurious hotel became a romantic hotspot for lovers to simply make love... in the afternoon!

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Opéra Garnier

The Opéra Garnier is famous for a lot of reasons. But for Audrey Hepburn fans, in particular, that one scene in "Funny Face" makes the place worthy to visit. Who could forget that iconic moment where Hepburn, clad in a gorgeous emerald green opera coat with a white tulle dress underneath, posing elegantly for Fred Astaire to shoot? The shot in the film itself has become a memorable image for movie and fashion fans alike. Here, those same grand steps that made the actress look like the fashion queen she was are still as opulent and as extravagant. And you know you'd want to copy the way Hepburn posed right in these very steps as well!

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Pont des Arts

Actually, "Funny Face" and "Charade" were two of Hepburn's greatest films that really made her synonymous with Paris. In the earlier film, the Pont des Arts film also appears in the photoshoot sequence, just like the Opéra Garnier. In this shot, Hepburn wears a modern outfit of a white set of separates and a pink sash on her waist. She also accessorized with a stunning straw hat decorated with the same pink silk on her waist. Here, she was posing as if she caught a fish while fishing on the River Seine. The famous bridge served as the perfect backdrop for the shot. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Palais Royal

Her 1963 film "Charade" was a big deal for many reasons. One of which was it was the film that finally put Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn on-screen together. And another was that it reunited her with the "City of Lights." In one of the film’s final scenes, a wild shooting scene happens at the beautiful Palais Royal on the 1st arrondissement. The real killer was just revealed and Hepburn and Grant were still in danger. Despite the ruckus, however, the beauty of the area wasn't ignored by the audiences who've watched the film. Thus, the place has since become a popular tourist attraction. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Jardin des Champs-Elysées

In the same film, many scenes prior to the exciting gunfire-filled climax, Hepburn and Grant take a nice stroll through Jardin des Champs-Elysées, one of Paris’ most beautiful parks. Hepburn looked exceptionally chic—and like a true Parisienne, no less!—in her shapely red coat-dress and small black hat, both by none other than Hubert de Givenchy. Meanwhile, Grant also looked dapper in his well-made suit and coiffed silver hair. Though there wasn't anything particularly exciting in this scene. the image of these two legendary and fashionable stars leisurely talking through this famous park is somewhat of a beautiful postcard of 1960s Paris. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Le Château de la Reine Blanche

Let's go back to "Funny Face" for a bit. Remember that scene where Audrey Hepburn looked divine in a mid-length puffed-out wedding dress? If you watched the movie, of course you would! It was a pivotal scene because this is where they performed the titular number. But while the movie made it out that the place where they shot it was a convent/boarding school, it was actually the Le Château de la Reine Blanche. And to this day, you could still visit it and see the beautiful garden and lake where Hepburn and Astaire danced beautifully under the Paris sunshine. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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Musée Jacquemart-Andre

An absolutely underrated gem in Audrey Hepburn's film repertoire is 1967's "How To Steal A Million." Co-starring Peter O'Toole, the actress stars as a socialite seeking O'Toole's help in stealing back a famous sculpture her fraudulent father replicated to fool the city. The museum where their comical and romantic heist takes place is none other than the Musée Jacquemart-Andre, or at least, its exterior anyways. Though it’s not one of Paris’ most famous museums, it’s still a beautiful place nonetheless. And either way, Hepburn looked impossibly chic in her Givenchy suits as she and O'Toole strolled the museum grounds, planning their fashionable heist. 

Live like Sabrina: Places Audrey Hepburn Visited in Paris

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If there's one actress in history that really made Paris that movie star that it is, it was Audrey Hepburn, throughout her life and career, she stopped by some beautiful places in the French capital that her fans will want to visit when they get here. 




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