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Audrey Hepburn is best known for her role in the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ as Holly Golightly

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 4, 1929
Died onJanuary 20, 1993
NationalityBritish
FamousFilm Actress, Humanitarian, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, ISFP
HobbiesArt, Gardening
Nick namesAudrey
SpousesMel Ferrer
SiblingsArnoud Robert Alexander Quarles van Ufford, Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford
Known asEdda van Heemstra, Audrey Kathleen Ruston, Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston, Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston
Childrens Luca Dotti, Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Humanitarian Works
  • She has been a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF
Birth PlaceIxelles
ReligionChristian Science
GenderFemale
FatherJoseph Victor Anthony Ruston
MotherElla van Heemstra
Sun SignTaurus
Born inIxelles
Famous asFilm actress
Died at Age63

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Who is Audrey Hepburn?

Audrey Hepburn was one of the most graceful actresses of the film industry. She has been an eye-witness to World War II, and faced numerous struggles through it. This talented actress had an affinity to dance and did all it took to get trained in ballet dancing. Her first significant role was as a ballerina where she choreographed her own moves which were highly praised. She lived with her mother and did modelling to earn a livelihood. This actress was engaged with the theatre and this got her noticed as an actress which eventually ushered her into the film industry. Her debut film was a huge success and she even received the ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’ for that particular film. Hepburn herself did not know that she could act but she did work hard and rehearsed passionately to prepare herself for the roles she played. This arduous practice helped her rise into fame and became one of the best known actresses of Hollywood. This skilful actress has been through several upheavals throughout her life like divorces and miscarriages but she faced them all very bravely and overcame her grief. She had a philanthropic side and was engaged in many humanitarian works were recognized by many organizations even posthumously

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born to Joseph Victory Anthony Ruston and Ella van Heemstra on 4th May, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium.

Her parents separated when she was a child and after that she lived with her mother in London. She attended a boarding school in England and later, moved to Netherlands with her mother during World War II, where she attended the institute named ‘Arnhem Conservatory’.

During the same time, she was learning ballet and after the war was over, she received ballet training in Amsterdam and then in London. She was engaged in modelling and dancing projects and at the same time took acting classes.

Career

In 1948, she appeared as a chorus girl in the musical named ‘High Button Shoes’ which was her first stage performance. This was followed by many more stage performances.

In 1949, she again joined in a chorus in ‘Sauce Tartare’ and the following year; she worked in the musical ‘Sauce Piquante’. She also had minor roles in movies like ‘Laughter in Paradise’, ‘One Wild Oat’, ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’ and ‘Young Wives’ Tale’.

During the period 1951-53, she performed the lead role in the play ‘Gigi’ which became a success and Hepburn’s potential in acting was recognized.

Her first elaborate role was as a supporting actress in the film ‘The Secret People’ in the year 1952, where she was portrayed as a ballet dancer. The same year, she also worked in the movie named ‘Nous Irons a Monte Carlo’ (We Will Go To Monte Carlo).

She then, got her major breakthrough in the year 1953, when she was cast in the lead role of Princess Anne in the film ‘Roman Holiday’ along with actor Gregory peck. This was followed by her film ‘Sabrina’ which too was a success as a ‘Roman Holiday’.

Her acquaintance Mel Ferrer asked her to perform in Broadway along with him in ‘Ondine’. This acquaintance later, became Hepburn’s husband and in 1956, the couple, worked together in the film ‘War and Peace’ based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel by the same name.

During the period 1957-60, she worked in a few films such as ‘Love in the Afternoon’, ‘Funny Face’, ‘Mayerling’, ‘Green Mansions’, ‘The Nun’s Story’,’ The Unforgiven’.

Hepburn’s career got a kick start and she worked with numerous industry stalwarts which contributed to her successful career.

In 1960, she started working on the screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ which was released the next year. She then worked in the movie ‘The Children’s Hour’.

This actress took some time off from her career and devoted her time to her son Sean and family. After she resumed work, she again starred in many movies during the period 1963-67, such as ‘Charade’, ‘Paris When It Sizzles’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘How to Steal a Million’, ‘Two For the Road’, ‘Wait Until Dark’.

She again took a second break from acting for about nine years, and was back with the movie ‘Robin and Marian’ in 1976. This was followed by a few more movies such as ‘Bloodline’, ‘They All Laughed’ and ‘Always’, after which she could not continue her career due to illness.

Major Works

Her debut movie in a leading role ‘Roman Holiday’ was acclaimed by the critics as well as the audience which shot her to fame. For this she even got the ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’ and many other awards.

Her role in the movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ earned her much acclamation as an actor and the character of Holly Golightly which she played in the movie has set a benchmark in American cinema.

Awards & Achievements

This versatile actress was named the ‘Promising Personalities’ of 1951-52 at the ‘Theatre World Awards’. She has also been awarded the ‘Billboard Annual Donaldson Award’ for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre in the year 1952.

She was a recipient of the ‘Oscar’ in the Best Actress category for her movie ‘Roman Holiday’ in the year 1954. She received the ‘BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role’ and ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama’ for the same film.

In 1954, she was awarded the ‘Tony Award’ in Best Dramatic Actress for ‘Ondine’ by the ‘American Theatre Wing and The League of American Theatres and Producers.

In 1958, she received the ‘Golden Laurel Award’ in Top Female Comedy Performance for ‘Love in the Afternoon’.

In 1960, she was awarded the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame Star’ in ‘Motion Picture Category. The same year, she received the ‘NYFCC Best Actress Award’ for her film ‘The Nun’s Story’.

In 1962, she received the ‘David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Award’ for the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.

In 1965, she received the ‘NYFCC Best Actress Award’ and also the ‘David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Award’ for ‘My Fair Lady’.

In 1992, she was awarded the ‘BAFTA Lifetime Achievements Award’. Apart from all these, she also received many awards for her humanitarian works.

Personal Life & Legacy

In September 1954, she married a co-actor Mel Ferrer with whom he had a son named Sean. However, the couple divorced after a fourteen year long relationship.

In 1959, a street in Doorn, Netherlands was named after her as ‘Audrey Hepburn Laan’ (Audrey Hepburn Lane).

In January 1969, she married for a second time to Andrea Dotti, who was an Italian Psychiatrist whom she encountered on a cruise trip. The couple was blessed with a son named Luca Dotti. The couple separated after being married for thirteen years.

She then found a friend and confidante in actor Robet Wolders with whom she shared many common interests and although they did not marry, they both were together until Hepburn’s death.

In 1992, she was awarded with the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ for her humanitarian works.

After suffering from appendiceal cancer for a long time, this graceful actress breathed her last on 20th January, 1993.

In the New York head quarter of UNICEF, a statue of hers is placed called ‘The Spirit of Audrey’ which was revealed in the year 2002.

Trivia

One of her favourite poems is Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Unending Love’

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Audrey Hepburn awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1954Best Actress in a Leading RoleRoman Holiday (1953)

Golden Globe Awards

1955World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1954Best Actress - DramaRoman Holiday (1953)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1993Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational ProgrammingGardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn (1993)

BAFTA Awards

1965Best British ActressCharade (1963)
1960Best British ActressThe Nun's Story (1959)
1954Best British ActressRoman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn biography timelines

  • // 4th May 1929
    She was born to Joseph Victory Anthony Ruston and Ella van Heemstra on 4th May, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • // 1948
    In 1948, she appeared as a chorus girl in the musical named ‘High Button Shoes’ which was her first stage performance. This was followed by many more stage performances.
  • // 1949
    In 1949, she again joined in a chorus in ‘Sauce Tartare’ and the following year; she worked in the musical ‘Sauce Piquante’. She also had minor roles in movies like ‘Laughter in Paradise’, ‘One Wild Oat’, ‘The Lavender Hill Mob’ and ‘Young Wives’ Tale’.
  • // 1951 To 1953
    During the period 1951-53, she performed the lead role in the play ‘Gigi’ which became a success and Hepburn’s potential in acting was recognized.
  • // 1951 To 1952
    This versatile actress was named the ‘Promising Personalities’ of 1951-52 at the ‘Theatre World Awards’. She has also been awarded the ‘Billboard Annual Donaldson Award’ for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre in the year 1952.
  • // 1952
    Her first elaborate role was as a supporting actress in the film ‘The Secret People’ in the year 1952, where she was portrayed as a ballet dancer. The same year, she also worked in the movie named ‘Nous Irons a Monte Carlo’ (We Will Go To Monte Carlo).
  • // 1953
    She then, got her major breakthrough in the year 1953, when she was cast in the lead role of Princess Anne in the film ‘Roman Holiday’ along with actor Gregory peck. This was followed by her film ‘Sabrina’ which too was a success as a ‘Roman Holiday’.
  • // 1954
    She was a recipient of the ‘Oscar’ in the Best Actress category for her movie ‘Roman Holiday’ in the year 1954. She received the ‘BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role’ and ‘Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama’ for the same film.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, she was awarded the ‘Tony Award’ in Best Dramatic Actress for ‘Ondine’ by the ‘American Theatre Wing and The League of American Theatres and Producers.
  • // Sep 1954
    In September 1954, she married a co-actor Mel Ferrer with whom he had a son named Sean. However, the couple divorced after a fourteen year long relationship.
  • // 1956
    Her acquaintance Mel Ferrer asked her to perform in Broadway along with him in ‘Ondine’. This acquaintance later, became Hepburn’s husband and in 1956, the couple, worked together in the film ‘War and Peace’ based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel by the same name.
  • // 1957 To 1960
    During the period 1957-60, she worked in a few films such as ‘Love in the Afternoon’, ‘Funny Face’, ‘Mayerling’, ‘Green Mansions’, ‘The Nun’s Story’,’ The Unforgiven’.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, she received the ‘Golden Laurel Award’ in Top Female Comedy Performance for ‘Love in the Afternoon’.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, a street in Doorn, Netherlands was named after her as ‘Audrey Hepburn Laan’ (Audrey Hepburn Lane).
  • // 1960
    In 1960, she started working on the screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ which was released the next year. She then worked in the movie ‘The Children’s Hour’.
  • // 1960
    In 1960, she was awarded the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame Star’ in ‘Motion Picture Category. The same year, she received the ‘NYFCC Best Actress Award’ for her film ‘The Nun’s Story’.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, she received the ‘David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Award’ for the film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’.
  • // 1963 To 1967
    This actress took some time off from her career and devoted her time to her son Sean and family. After she resumed work, she again starred in many movies during the period 1963-67, such as ‘Charade’, ‘Paris When It Sizzles’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘How to Steal a Million’, ‘Two For the Road’, ‘Wait Until Dark’.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, she received the ‘NYFCC Best Actress Award’ and also the ‘David di Donatello Best Foreign Actress Award’ for ‘My Fair Lady’.
  • // Jan 1969
    In January 1969, she married for a second time to Andrea Dotti, who was an Italian Psychiatrist whom she encountered on a cruise trip. The couple was blessed with a son named Luca Dotti. The couple separated after being married for thirteen years.
  • // 1976
    She again took a second break from acting for about nine years, and was back with the movie ‘Robin and Marian’ in 1976. This was followed by a few more movies such as ‘Bloodline’, ‘They All Laughed’ and ‘Always’, after which she could not continue her career due to illness.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, she was awarded the ‘BAFTA Lifetime Achievements Award’. Apart from all these, she also received many awards for her humanitarian works.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, she was awarded with the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ for her humanitarian works.
  • // 20th Jan 1993
    After suffering from appendiceal cancer for a long time, this graceful actress breathed her last on 20th January, 1993.
  • // 2002
    In the New York head quarter of UNICEF, a statue of hers is placed called ‘The Spirit of Audrey’ which was revealed in the year 2002.

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Audrey Hepburn's FAQ

  • What is Audrey Hepburn birthday?

    Audrey Hepburn was born at 1929-05-04

  • When was Audrey Hepburn died?

    Audrey Hepburn was died at 1993-01-20

  • Where was Audrey Hepburn died?

    Audrey Hepburn was died in Tolochenaz

  • Which age was Audrey Hepburn died?

    Audrey Hepburn was died at age 63

  • Where is Audrey Hepburn's birth place?

    Audrey Hepburn was born in Ixelles

  • What is Audrey Hepburn nationalities?

    Audrey Hepburn's nationalities is British

  • What is Audrey Hepburn hobbies?

    Audrey Hepburn's hobbies is Art,Gardening

  • What is Audrey Hepburn nick names?

    Audrey Hepburn's nickNames is Audrey

  • Who is Audrey Hepburn spouses?

    Audrey Hepburn's spouses is Mel Ferrer

  • Who is Audrey Hepburn siblings?

    Audrey Hepburn's siblings is Arnoud Robert Alexander Quarles van Ufford, Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford

  • Who is Audrey Hepburn childrens?

    Audrey Hepburn's childrens is Luca Dotti, Sean Hepburn Ferrer

  • What is Audrey Hepburn's religion?

    Audrey Hepburn's religion is Christian Science

  • Who is Audrey Hepburn's father?

    Audrey Hepburn's father is Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston

  • Who is Audrey Hepburn's mother?

    Audrey Hepburn's mother is Ella van Heemstra

  • What is Audrey Hepburn's sun sign?

    Audrey Hepburn is Taurus

  • How famous is Audrey Hepburn?

    Audrey Hepburn is famouse as Film actress