AUDREY HEPBURN (1929 -1993) By Yonca Yalkın
Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian who was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She really was blue-blood from the beginning with her father, a wealthy English banker, and her mother, a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school and never seen her father again. Later, when her mother moved back to the Netherlands, she attended private schools as well.
While vacationing with her mother in Arnhem, Netherlands, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on hard times during the Nazi occupation. Audrey suffered from depression and malnutrition. She confessed to eating tulip bulbs and tried to bake grass into bread during the hard days of World War II. After the liberation, Audrey went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career. As a model, she was graceful and, it seemed, she had found her niche in life - until the film producers came calling.
After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in successful films like Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn received Academy Award, Award Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and accrued a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine. Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in late 1992, but a month later, aged 63, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland in early 1993.
Some notes about her Was fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, French, and Italian. Was briefly considered for the main role in Cleopatra (1963) but the part went to Elizabeth Taylor She had two sons. Sean was born in 1960, and Luca was born in 1970. She married twice to Mel Ferrer, and Andrea Mario Dotti.
Trade marks: Her elegant beauty. Often cast opposite leading men who were considerably older than she was. Often played classy High Society women. Wide, brown eyes. Charming characters who try to wear their troubles lightly Delicate, thin frame
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