Hepburn met Mel Ferrer at a party hosted by Gregory Peck. She had seen him in the film Lili and was captivated by his performance. Later they worked together in the play Ondine and Hepburn agreed to play the role. Married in 1954, the marriage lasted fourteen years marriage as Ferrer was rumoured to have had a girlfriend on the side, while Hepburn had an affair with her Two for the Road co-star Albert Finney.
Despite the gossip columns saying their marriage would never last, Hepburn claimed that they were inseparable and were very happy together. However, Ferrer had a bad temper and was rumoured to be too controlling.