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Sabrina (1954) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder.

The film was based on the play Sabrina Fair written by Samuel A. Taylor performed at the National Theatre, NY & Royale Theatre, NY from Nov 11, 1953 - Aug 21, 1954.

Sabrina was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2002.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressAudrey HepburnNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter Tyler; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray MoyerNominated
Best CinematographyCharles Lang, Jr.Nominated
Best Costume DesignEdith HeadWon
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best WritingBilly Wilder, Samuel Taylor, Ernest LehmanNominated

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Style Essentials--Audrey Hepburn's Costumes Cause the (Oscar) Drama in 1954's SABRINA

on Feb 16, 2015 From GlamAmor

The Academy Awards are almost upon us and and, as they do every year, my friends Aurora, Kellee, and Paula have been throwing their month-long 31 Days of Oscar blogathon. It is held in conjunction with the annual programming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and celebrates all the winners, losers, and... Read full article

On the set: “Sabrina” (1953) Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden

By Art on May 10, 2012 From Classic Cinema Gold

“Sabrina” is a 1954 comedy-romance film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor’s play Sabrina Fair. The movie stars Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden. “Sabrina” was Wilder’s las... Read full article

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Quotes from

The Professor: [inspecting the students' soufflés] Too low. Too pale. Too heavy. Too low. Too *high*, you are exaggerating. Fair. So-so. Sloppy.
[he gets to the Baron]
The Professor: Mm. Superb. Mon Dieu, Baron, you have not lost your touch...
[he looks at Sabrina's]
The Professor: Much too low.
Sabrina Fairchild: [looking at her soufflé] I don't know what happened.
Baron St. Fontanel: I will tell you what happened: you forgot to turn on the oven.
Sabrina Fairchild: Oh!

Sabrina Fairchild: I might as well be reaching for the moon.
Baron St. Fontanel: Oh, you young people are so old fashioned. Have you not heard? We are building rockets to reach the moon!

Sabrina Fairchild: [listing things Linus could do] Say, "Buy all of Cleveland and move it to Pittsburgh."

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Facts about

The original Broadway production of "Sabrina Fair" by Samuel A. Taylor opened at the National Theater on Novemeber 11, 1953 and ran for 318 performances.
Although Edith Head won an Oscar for costume design, most of Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe was by Hubert de Givenchy. In fact, Hepburn chose her own clothes to wear from de Givenchy's collection. This was her first time working with the French designer, and he would become her costumer of choice for most of her career.
The original title of "Sabrina Fair" was reinstated in the UK due to well known TV personality, Sabrina (real name Norma Sykes) who became an icon simply by appearing on The Arthur Askey Show. Askey, at little over 5 feet tall got huge laughs just by standing next to the statuesque Sabrina, whose substantial bosom became her trade mark, never spoke any lines. The film distributors thought the momentary stardom of the Rubenesque Sabrina in the UK would mislead British audiences.
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