Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is a film and fashion icon, known for starring in movies such as Funny Face, Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Born in Belgium in 1929, Hepburn had an early love for ballet, but her training came to a halt as World War II approached. By 1939, she was living in the Netherlands, suffering from severe malnutrion and anemia while the country was occupied by Germany.

Following the war, Hepburn moved to London with hopes of continuing her ballet training, but she was told she was too tall.

In 1953, she got her big break when Hollywood director William Wyler came to England looking for an unknown actress to play a princess opposite Gregory Peck for the film Roman Holiday. She won her first Oscar for her performance in the film.

She starred in the movie Sabrina the following year, which kicked off her relationship with designer Hubert de Givenchy, cementing her status as his muse and fashion icon.

She went on to star in classics including The Nun's Story, Funny Face and My Fair Lady, as well as Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In 1968, she took an eight-year hiatus from acting to raise her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti.

Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the same organization that helped her during World War II in Holland, where she nearly died of starvation.

She died from abdominal cancer in 1993 at the age of 63. In the year following her death, she achieved EGOT status, becoming the first person to earn the title posthumously.
Audrey Hepburn
Full Name
Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston
Hometown
Brussels, Belgium
Born
05/04/1929
Died
01/20/1993 (Age: 63)

FAQs

Who was Audrey Hepburn married to?

Audrey Hepburn was married to actor Mel Ferrer from 1954 to 1968. In 1969, she married psychiatrist Andrea Dotti; the relationship ended in divorce.

Who sang for Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady'?

Audrey Hepburn's singing was dubbed in 'My Fair Lady' but Marni Nixon.

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