Twenty years after Hepburn's death, her loved ones share intimate memories and personal photos

Updated January 10, 2013 07:35 PM
Audrey Hepburn Childrens Fund

She captivated the world with her doe-eyed beauty, but behind the Givenchy glamour, there was an Audrey Hepburn few people knew.

She thought her nose too big, her feet too large and her neck too long. She loved to shop for groceries (but not clothes), didn’t wear makeup at home, never went to the gym and enjoyed two fingers of Scotch every night.

“She was not this ethereal creature,” says Robert Wolders, 76, the Dutch actor who was her companion for the last 13 years of her life. “She was an earthy woman with a ribald sense of humor.”

What Hepburn had, adds Wolders, “was more than beauty. It was this extraordinary mystique.”

Hepburn left Hollywood at age 34 at the height of her fame, moving into a 1732 farmhouse in Tolochenaz, a small Swiss village, where she found happiness raising two sons and purpose in her charity work for UNICEF.

Two decades after her death from abdominal cancer at 63 on Jan. 20, 1993, her children and her last love remember the Audrey they adored. //Placement 2 (below article): //Size 600×95 //Cmpos=covercontextb //Cmtyp=tout var ad = adFactory.getCmAd(600, 95, “covercontextb”, “tout”); ad.setParam(“dcopt”, “ist”); ad.write();