“From Switzerland, with love”: in the footsteps of Academy Award-winning actress Audrey Hepburn

I always thought it was pretty intriguing that some of Hollywood’s most enduring screen personalities decided at one point to move to the European continent while at the peak of their careers – they did so for various, personal reasons. Grace Kelly lived in Monaco after her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956, and also in the 1950s Charles Chaplin settled in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, a small municipality less than 30 miles from another quiet place called Tolochenaz, where Audrey Hepburn bought a house in 1963 that would become her home for the rest of her life.

Ms. Hepburn passed away there in 1993 at age 63. Buried in the local cemetery, Tolochenaz still remembers her fondly: they named the village square after her and a current tourist brochure from the nearby city of Morges points out where she exactly lived, got married, went shopping, etc.

Here’s an impression of one day in Switzerland, following in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn.

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Brochure published by http://www.morges-tourisme.ch which follows in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn in the Swiss city of Morges and nearby Tolochenaz, where she lived from 1963 until she passed away in 1993
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More information with maps of Morges and Tolochenaz which can be found in the same brochure

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A French-language page of the brochure with at the bottom a picture at the Hôtel-de-Ville (City Hall) of Morges where Audrey Hepburn married Andrea Dotti in January 1969

 

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The main entrance of the Hôtel-de-Ville of Morges as it looks in September 2015. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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One of the main entrances of Audrey Hepburn’s Tolochenaz home called ‘La Paisible’. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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A view of her home from the main road of the village. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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A French-language plaque, left of the white front gate of the house, indicating that Audrey Hepburn lived here from 1963 until 1993. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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The small and quiet Tolochenaz honors Audrey Hepburn by naming the village square after her. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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A momument dedicated to her on the Place Audrey Hepburn. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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The plaque at the monument donated in 2012 by her sons Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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Place Audrey Hepburn in Tolochenaz. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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Left side. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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Right side. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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The bus stop near the Place Audrey Hepburn. Picture: Leo Verswijver
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Audrey Hepburn’s grave at the local cemetary. Picture: Leo Verswijver
On the website http://www.fondationbolle.ch more information can be found about an exhibition on Audrey Hepburn in Morges and the time she spent in Tolochenaz
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One of the items displayed at the exhibition is the dress she wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). Picture: Leo Verswijver