William Holden is one of the most iconic actors of all time. He has portrayed a versatile of characters within his career. On April 17, 1918 William Holden was born, so today he would be ninety-eight years old. In the 1954 movie Sabrina he stars as a playboy heir who catches the eye of the chauffeurs daughter.
Sabrina Fairchild is in love with David Larrabee, one of the Larrabee son’s. David pays no attention to Sabrina, yet she watches him from afar. One night, David takes a girl away from the party to a tennis court where Sabrina witnesses him kiss her. Distraught, she writes her father a suicide note. She attempts suicide by turning all of the cars on in a locked garage. Only at the last moment she is saved by the other Larrabee brother, Linus. He takes her inside shocked at her foolishness in the matter. After her failed suicide attempt, her unknowing father has her sent off to Paris for a year. Although, going to Paris for a year is not something that she wanted to do, she comes back a grown up woman.
At the train station on her way back home she catches the eye of David Larrabee who does not recognize her. He takes her home only to be shocked at her transformation. David falls for Sabrina, yet he is being forced into a marriage. Linus realizing that David has feelings for Sabrina tries to ensure that he does not see her on a date. However, this does not stop David from seeing Sabrina. Against his fathers and her father’s wishes he starts to take her out. The only problem is, the more Linus tries to sabotage David and Sabrina’s relationship he finds himself falling in love with her. In the end David ends up calling off his marriage. He runs into Larrabee towers where he tells Linus that he knows that Linus loves Sabrina. Linus realizing that David is right takes off after Sabrina. Sabrina reunites with Linus and the two embrace on a boat heading to Paris.
Sabrina is a truly delightful film to watch. William Holden stars alongside Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in a fairy tale setting. A young girl who no one realizes ends up becoming the one who is fairest of them all. William Holden was born on April 17. 1918, and is as a beloved actor today as he was back then.