Some trivia about Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn made in 1963

Seven studios rejected the original screenplay of Charade. Peter Stone turned it into a novel which was serialized in Redbook, and it was then turned back into a screenplay – which had interest from all 7 studios.  In the scene where Audrey Hepburn is smoking a cigarette alone in her empty apartment and Cary Grant enters, the backs of his ears had to be covered with masking tape since the back-lighting made them appear red. According to Audrey Hepburn, the scene where Regina spills ice cream on Adam’s suit is based on a real-life accident where Hepburn spilled red wine over Cary Grant’s suit at a dinner party.Cary Grant, who celebrated his 59th birthday during filming, decided it was time to stop playing the romantic lead after reviews focused on the 26-year age difference between him and Audrey Hepburn, who was only 33 when the movie was made.The character played by Cary Grant quotes a line from My Fair Lady (“On the street where you live”), the film version of which would star Audrey Hepburn the following year.  After finishing this film, Cary Grant was quoted as saying, “All I want for Christmas is to make another movie with Audrey Hepburn,” Although this sadly never happened, Grant was offered the role of Higgins in My Fair Lady, and requested Hepburn as his co-star in Father Goose.   You can find Charade  at

Starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn


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