Audrey Hepburn Biography
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. She is recognised as a film and fashion icon, who was active during Hollywood’s Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Audrey Hepburn Family
She was born in Ixelles, a municipality near Brussels on 4 May 1929 as Audrey Kathleen Ruston or Edda Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston. Her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston (21 November 1889 – 16 October 1980), was a British subject born in Auschitz, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. Hepburn’s mother, Ella van Heemstra (12 June 1900 – 26 August 1984), was a Dutch noblewoman.
Her mother had two sons, Jonkheer Arnoud Robert Alexander Quarles van Ufford (1920–1979) and Jonkheer Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford (1924–2010), before divorcing her then husband, Jonkheer Hendrik Gustaaf Adolf Quarles van Ufford, an oil executive based in 1925.
Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. As a result of her multinational background and travelling with her family due to her father’s job, she learned five languages: Dutch and English from her parents, and later varying degrees of French, Spanish, and Italian.
In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell, before moving to London in 1948, continuing her ballet training with Marie Rambert, and then performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.
Audrey Hepburn Fashion/Style
One of Audrey’s most famous style choices was for her feet. She most often was photographed wearing flats, and usually simple, unadorned black ballet flats.
At the height of Audrey’s fame, it wasn’t very common for women to wear pants. But she seemed to be comfortable in dark slacks that were worn high on her waist, and ended right at her ankle.
She most iconic role was in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where she famously wore an elegant black dress, a multi-strand pearly necklace, and held a cigarette at the end of a long cigarette holder.
Her perfectly sculpted eyebrows. Thick, but still feminine, they certainly made a statement!
Simple pieces are what make Audrey’s style so timeless. This black crew neck sweater is so basic, but perfectly styled. The dark color is universally flattering and brings attention to her face.
Whether it is was the 1950s or the 1980s, Audrey was frequently photographed in this iconic shape of sunglasses. Oversized like a proper movie-star’s sunglasses, Audrey’s shades also had a subtle cat-eye shape to them.
In 2006, the little black Givenchy dress famously featured in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold for £467,200 – the highest price paid for a dress from a film and a sign of Hepburn’s lasting legacy as a style icon.
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Audrey Hepburn Book
She was living evidence that fairy tales are real and that angels can come down to earth. It was Colette who discovered the too tall and too thin girl with expressive eyes, then a complete unknown, and made her the lead in the 1951 Broadway production of Gigi. Her film triumphs were all the more astonishing since she didn’t match the usual Hollywood clichs. Petite, almost androgynous, and with a disarming naturalness, she had a worldwide impact on fashion and beauty trends and was enthusiastically welcomed as an alternative to the sex bombs and pin-up girls of the 50s. This book, with an essay by Klaus-Jrgen Sembach, is dedicated to Audrey Hepburn who died in 1993. It includes the best film stills, portraits, and private photographs by well-known and by unknown photographers from all over the world who have provided us with an immortal image of Hollywood’s most endearing star.
Author: Klaus-Jurgen Sembach
Number Of Pages: 136 pages
Publication Date: 2004-09-25
Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel Verlag GmbH
Publication Year: 2004
Audrey Hepburn Children
Audrey has two children from her two marriages. Her first-born son is called Sean Hepburn Ferrer, and he was born on 17 July 1960. The second-born, Luca Dotti, was born on 8 February 1970.
Audrey Hepburn Husband
Audrey had been married twice. Prior to her first marriage, Hepburn was engaged to James Hanson in 1952, but she decided the marriage would not work because the demands of their careers would keep them apart most of the time. She met her first husband, American actor Mel Ferrer, at a cocktail party hosted by mutual friend Gregory Peck. She then suggested that they star together in a play.
They collaborated in Ondine, during which they began a relationship and on 25 September 1954, they were married in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, while preparing to star together in the film War and Peace (1955). After two miscarriages, Audrey gave birth to the couple’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, on 17 July 1960. Unfortunately, Hepburn had two more miscarriages in 1965 and 1967. After a 14-year marriage, the couple divorced in 1968.
Hepburn met her second husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, on a Mediterranean cruise with friends in June 1968. They got married on 18 January 1969; their son, Luca Dotti, was born on 8 February 1970. She wanted to have a third child, but had another miscarriage in 1974. The coupe’s marriage lasted thirteen years and was dissolved in 1982.
From 1980 til her death, Hepburn was in a relationship with Dutch actor Robert Wolders who was a widower. She had met him through a friend during the later years of her second marriage. She considered the nine years they were together as the happiest years of her life, and stated that she considered them married, just not officially.
Audrey Hepburn Filmography
- Dutch in Seven Lessons 1948
- Sauce Tartare 1949
- One Wild Oat 1951
- Laughter in Paradise 1951
- The Lavender Hill Mob 1951
- Young Wives’ Tale 1951
- Monte Carlo Baby 1951
- Secret People 1952
- Roman Holiday 1953
- Sabrina 1954
- War and Peace 1956
- Funny Face 1957
- Love in the Afternoon 1957
- Green Mansions 1959
- The Nun’s Story 1959
- The Unforgiven 1960
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961
- The Children’s Hour 1961
- Charade 1963
- Paris When It Sizzles 1964
- My Fair Lady 1964
- How to Steal a Million 1966
- Two for the Road 1967
- Wait Until Dark 1967
- Robin and Marian 1976
- Bloodline 1979
- They All Laughed 1981
- Love Among Thieves 1987
- Always 1989
- Saturday Night Revue 1950
- Sunday Night Theatre 1951
- CBS Television Workshop 1952
- Producers’ Showcase 1957
- A World of Love 1970
- Love Among Thieves 1987
- American Masters 1988
- Gregory Peck: His Own Man 1988
- Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn 1993
- High Button Shoes 1948–1949
- Sauce Tartare 1949
- Sauce Piquante 1950
- Gigi 1951–1952
- Ondine 1954
Audrey Hepburn Hair
Whether captured in one of her famous film looks, or as she arrived at the airport after a long flight, Hepburn’s hairstyles epitomised each of the decades in which she graced our screens – from coiffed bobs in the Fifties to sleek up-dos in the Eighties, via the chic Sixties beehives she became famous for.
Audrey Hepburn Painting
Many artists have painted images of hepburn, capturing some of the most magnificent times of the iconic actress and model. To sample just a few:
Audrey Hepburn Roman holiday
Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck),who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.
Initial release: 27 August 1953 (New York City)
Director: William Wyler
Story by: Dalton Trumbo
Screenplay: Dalton Trumbo, Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton
Audrey Hepburn Sabrina
Chauffeur’s daughter Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn) returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David (William Holden), the playboy son of her father’s rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however their romance is threatened by David’s serious older brother, Linus (Humphrey Bogart), who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place.
Initial release: October 1954 (USA)
Director: Billy Wilder
Nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress
Costume design: Hubert de Givenchy, Edith Head
Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.
Initial release: 5 October 1961 (USA)
Director: Blake Edwards
Featured song: Moon River
Story by: Truman Capote
Screenplay: George Axelrod
Audrey Hepburn Death
Hepburn began suffering from abdominal pain upon returning from Somalia to Switzerland in late September 1992. A laparoscopy performed on her revealed that the model had a rare form of abdominal cancer belonging to a group of cancers known as pseudomyxoma peritonei. It had grown slowly and metastasised as a thin coating over her small intestine. She had surgery done and began chemotherapy. With time and gradually, she became more confined to bedrest.
Hepburn died in her sleep at her home on the evening of 20 January 1993. Funeral services were held at the village church of Tolochenaz on 24 January 1993. Maurice Eindiguer, the same pastor who wed Hepburn and Mel Ferrer and baptised her son Sean in 1960, presided over her funeral, while Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan of UNICEF delivered a eulogy.
Many family members and friends attended the funeral, including her sons, partner Robert Wolders, half-brother Ian Quarles van Ufford, ex-husbands Andrea Dotti and Mel Ferrer, Hubert de Givenchy, executives of UNICEF, and fellow actors Alain Delon and Roger Moore.
Later on the same day, Hepburn was interred at the Tolochenaz Cemetery. In her will, she appointed her two sons as co-equal heirs to her estate
Audrey Hepburn age at death
Hepburn was 63 years 1929–1993 upon her death.
Audrey Hepburn Katharine Hepburn
People often confuse Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn to be relatives. The fact is that they are not. Audrey Hepburn’s birth name was Audrey Kathleen Ruston. Her father added on the surname Hepburn to Ruston to make it look fancier. Katharine Hepburn was born Katharine Houghton Hepburn. Katharine was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality.
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Audrey Hepburn Quotes
- Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!
- For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
- The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
- As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.
- The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
- The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
- People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
- I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.
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