TOLOCHENAZ, Switzerland -- Two golden Oscars highlight the Audrey Hepburn Pavilion -- an exhibition devoted to the doe-eyed star of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- in this quiet village overlooking Lake Geneva.
But the display in Tolochenaz, where the actress lived for 30 years, is preparing to close this month. Hepburn's sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, have demanded all their exhibits be returned, claiming Tolochenaz has commercialized the Hepburn name in a way that would have distressed their mother.
The villagers claim he is closing the exhibition down because it is too small-scale.
"What upsets Sean Ferrer is that the commercialization of certain products doesn't fit with his view of how to commercialize the Audrey Hepburn name. Ours is just a little exhibit in the countryside," said Tolochenaz Mayor Francois Girard.
But Ferrer said villagers had tried to hype the Hepburn connection, including trying to change the name of a road to "Avenue Audrey Hepburn" and placing signs in the cemetery where she is buried pointing to the pavilion.
"She loved the town the way it was. She wouldn't want to change something that has been that way for hundreds of years or to Hollywoodize it in any way," Ferrer told The Associated Press from his home in Los Angeles.
Girard and other officials scoff at Ferrer's claims that they have used the exhibition to attract tourists to a shrine like Elvis' Gracelands.
"It's absolutely ridiculous," Girard said. "The village doesn't benefit in any way, either directly or indirectly."
Although the exhibition features in Swiss tourist brochures, there are no signs to the prefab former school building within Tolochenaz -- population 1,683 -- and little has changed since Hepburn walked her dogs in the narrow lanes.
Hepburn, who won one of the Oscars in 1953 for her role in the film "Roman Holiday," was 63 when she died here of colon cancer in 1993.
The other Oscar was a special award in 1992 marking her humanitarian work as an ambassador for UNICEF, drawing the world's attention to the plight of starving, sick and poverty-stricken children.
The exhibition also features other awards, letters, certificates, signed photographs from co-stars like Fred Astaire, and hundreds of other photos spanning a career that included films such as "Funny Face," "Charade" and "My Fair Lady."
Ferrer said the exhibits would now be stored along with his mother's other possessions in Los Angeles but that he would consider further displays elsewhere in the future, if he could find a corporate sponsor.
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