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Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn is an acclaimed documentary television series that debuted in the United States on PBS on January 21, 1993. It is Audrey Hepburn's final performance before the camera, filmed on location in seven countries in the spring and summer of 1990. Hepburn was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement posthumously.
The series features Hepburn visiting exemplary and elegant gardens both private and public; each episode sets forth a different garden theme, as well as aesthetic, environmental, historical or horticultural concepts. Interspersed with Hepburn's on-camera performances are expository and historical background segments narrated both by Audrey Hepburn and Michael York.
The first six episodes aired in 1993, however the final two installments were not broadcast until 1996. In all, there are eight episodes: These are:
• Episode 1. "Roses and Rose Gardens": An adventure with the flower of legend, romance and beauty
• Episode 2. "Formal Gardens": A journey through the evolution of formal garden design
• Episode 3. "Country Gardens": An exploration of the earthly country garden
• Episode 4. "Public Gardens and Trees": The stories of Mt. Vernon and the greening of Paris, concluding with Hepburn's tribute to trees and nature
• Episode 5." Flower Gardens": An exploration of Monet’s gardens at Giverny and classic English perennial border styles
• Episode 6. "Tropical Gardens": A wide ranging affirmation of nature’s floral diversity
• Episode 7. "Japanese Gardens": A journey reflecting centuries of Japanese cultural reverence for nature
• Episode 8. "Tulips and Spring Bulbs": A focus on spring blossoms and their inspiration as art and in the garden
Some of the gardens featured in the show include: Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny, George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon, and Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.
Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 1929 – 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. Redefining glamour with "elfin" features and a gamine waif-like figure that inspired designs by Hubert de Givenchy, she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, and ranked, by the American Film Institute, as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema.
Although she appeared in fewer films as her life went on, Hepburn devoted much of her later life to UNICEF. Her war-time struggles inspired her passion for humanitarian work and, although Hepburn had contributed to the organisation since the 1950s, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia in the late eighties and early nineties. (Wikipedia)