- Mini Bio
- Name: Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston
- Born: 4th May 1929, Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
- Died: 20th January 1993, Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland
- Resting place: Tolochenaz Cemetery, Vaud, Switzerland
- Nationality: British
- Alma mater: Arnhem Conservatory
- Occupation: Actress and humanitarian
- Marriage resume: Mel Ferrer 1954 - 1968 (divorced), Andrea Dotti 1969 - 1982 (divorced) and her partner and soul mate Robert Wolders 1980 - 1993 (her death)
- Parents: Baroness Ella van Heemstra and Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston
- Pseudonym: Edda van Heemstra (used during WW2 to hide her English sounding name)
- Height: 5' 7" - 1.7m
- Trivia: In 1959 she turned down the lead role in "The Diary Of Anne Frank" because her memories of war time Nazi occupation were too raw. She witnessed young men executed in the street and her uncle Otto van Limburg Stirum was executed by the Nazis without proof of being a collaborator with the Dutch resistance
"You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him"Audrey Hepburn
"We saw young men put against the wall and shot, and they'd close the street and then open it and you could pass by again… Don't discount anything awful you hear or read about the Nazis. It's worse than you could ever imagine"Audrey Hepburn
"The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering"Audrey Hepburn
"The most important thing is growing old gracefully. And you can't do that on the cover of a fan magazine"Audrey Hepburn
"When I've made about 70 films and the public still wants me, then I shall think of myself as a star"Audrey Hepburn
"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same"Audrey Hepburn
"I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it"Audrey Hepburn
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters"Audrey Hepburn
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible"Audrey Hepburn
"You have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others"Audrey Hepburn
"Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself, inside and out"Audrey Hepburn
"No amount of makeup can cover an ugly personality"Audrey Hepburn
"Never regret anything that makes you smile"Audrey Hepburn
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow"Audrey Hepburn
"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades"Audrey Hepburn
"I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong"Audrey Hepburn
"Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there's nothing more to live for"Audrey Hepburn
"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness"Audrey Hepburn
"No matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself"Audrey Hepburn
"For beautiful eyes always look for the good in others"Audrey Hepburn
"Only the absolutely determined people succeed"Audrey Hepburn
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Audrey Hepburn Biography
Audrey Hepburn was the award winning actress who strode confidently through Hollywood with an elegance and poise rarely seen in an era of voluptuous beauty demanded by the movie producers of the day. She never wore the airs and graces of a typical starlet as her humble grounding during four years of German occupation in the Adolf Hitler inspired World War 2 saw her witness first hand the daily injustices suffered by her family, friends and neighbours.
Hepburn's family were wealthy going into the war as she came from an aristocratic bloodline but soon realised wealth means nothing when you are starving and using crushed tulip bulbs to bake bread. She suffered malnutrition and saw arbitrary executions which also claimed the life of her uncle so once she emerged from the war it did not matter that her family's wealth and property had been destroyed because she realised the value of health and happiness. She spoke 5 languages fluently and her international upbringing in Belgium, Holland and England gave her a unique accent which added to the mystery surrounding the "new look" that she brought to the silver screen.
Audrey's first big role was the 1953 movie "Roman Holiday" for which she won the Best Actress Academy Award. Initially Elizabeth Taylor had been pencilled in to play the lead role but once the director William Wyler saw her screen test for Roman Holiday he was moved to say: "She had everything I was looking for: charm, innocence, and talent. She also was very funny. She was absolutely enchanting".
Following on from "Roman Holiday", Hepburn starred in the 1954 Billy Wilder romantic comedy "Sabrina" opposite Humphrey Bogart and William Holden who both vied for her affections on screen. "Sabrina" was also the movie where Ms Hepburn was first associated with the upcoming fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy who was hired to design her on screen outfits. Givenchy thought he hit the jackpot and was designing for the Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn but once he met and dressed Audrey he was wowed by her charm and her beauty that led to both a lifelong professional relationship and a close personal friendship that endured.
Audrey Hepburn went on to a glittering award winning career in Hollywood with the highlight being her iconic portrayal of Holly Golightly in the 1961 epic romantic comedy "Breakfast At Tiffany's" where she posed and pouted in "that" little black dress carrying a larger than life cigarette holder with her carefully adjusted Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses and with her coiffure hairstyle she just purred with feminine style and sophistication.
The outfit she wore in the opening credits of Breakfast At Tiffany's became the most famous "little black dress" of all time and when it was sold at Christie's in London in 2006 it was bought for a staggering $923,187. It had been owned by Dominique Lapierre who donated the money to the charitable cause of building a school for the poor in Calcutta. Lapierre was visibly moved by the record breaking sale as he was quoted as saying: "I'm absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools", Audrey would have been proud of such a generous gesture.
Although she was nominated five times for the Best Actress Academy Award she only collected that coveted Oscar once for her performance in "Roman Holiday", during her award winning career Ms Hepburn was also the proud winner of 2 Golden Globes, 1 Emmy, 1 Grammy and 3 Bafta's.
As one of the leading actresses of the golden years of Hollywood fame and fortune came her way but she donated much of it to charity. Her humanitarian work was her real passion and she recognised that it is more important to give than to receive as she gave the last four years of her life to helping the needy. As a role model she set a wonderful example of how to live your life and she was great for a piece of healthy advice or a quick quip, so here is my compilation of 21 of the best Audrey Hepburn quotes
Quotes About Audrey Hepburn
Hubert De Givenchy enthused about his association when he said:
"After Sabrina, Audrey requested my clothes for all her films with a contemporary setting, which is how I came to design the outfits she wore in Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, Paris when it Sizzles and How to Steal a Million"
The fashion designer Ralph Lauren summed her up by saying:
"You could take Audrey into Sears, Roebuck or Givenchy or an army surplus store – it didn’t matter, she’d put something on and you’d say, 'It’s her!' Very few people can do that"
Whereas the fashion author Jayne Sheridan pondered an interesting question:
"Did Audrey Hepburn create Givenchy or was it the other way around?"
The composer Henry Mancini appreciated her talent:
"Moon River was written for her. No one else had ever understood it so completely. There have been more than a thousand versions of 'Moon River', but hers is unquestionably the greatest"