Last Thursday night, DIARONNO, an Italian liqueur, held a private screening of William Wyle's classic film, Roman Holiday at a private Beverly Hills residence. The film was shown in the backyard complete with picnic-style blankets and seating, overlooking the glittering lights of Los Angeles.
Quite a few special guests came out to watch Roman Holiday, including former wrestler turned host of Lifetime's "Supermarket Star," Stacy Keibler. Keibler looked stunning in a yellow vintage Yuki dress that showed of her sky-high legs, and happily watched the film along with a few friends on a picnic blanket. Terri Seymour also came out to enjoy a cocktail and a timeless classic.
Roman Holiday is considered one of Wyle's greatest accomplishments. Starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday tells the tale of a bored princess (Hepburn) who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American reporter in Rome. There are quite a few fun facts about the film, including the following:
*Originally, William Wyler wanted Jean Simmons to play Ann (the princess) and nearly cancelled the project when she wasn't available. However, Hepburn won over Wyler when she continued to perform in a screen test even after the director yelled "cut," thus resulting in many minutes of unedited, improvised Hepburn footage.
*Peck eagerly jumped at the chance to do a comedy. Originally, the role was meant for Cary Grant, who turned it down. He later went on to star with Hepburn in Charade, and the two became life-long friends.
*Roman Holiday was the first American film to be made entirely in Italy.
*This was Hepburn's first major role.
*One of the reasons Wyler was eager to shoot in Italy was because he was eager to put some distance between himself and the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Do you know any other interesting facts about Roman Holiday? Feel free to include them in the comments section below!