Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Movie Actress

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend from the Classical Hollywood cinema and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Full Name
Audrey Kathleen Ruston
May 4, 1929
Jan 20, 1993
5′ 7″
Net Worth


Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. She was the daughter of Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra and Joseph Anthony Ruston, a British banker who left her mother when Audrey was six years old. Growing up during World War II, Hepburn lived in Holland and suffered from malnutrition.

    At the age of 17, she moved to London to pursue her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer and began studying at the Ballet Rambert School. However, due to a spinal injury she had sustained as a child, she eventually gave up her dancing career. She then started modeling for various magazines and newspapers and eventually took acting classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

In 1951, Hepburn made her Hollywood debut in the film "Roman Holiday" alongside Gregory Peck. For this performance she won an Academy Award for Best Actress and also received a Golden Globe award. She went on to star in many other films including "Sabrina," "The Nun's Story," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "My Fair Lady," and "Wait Until Dark." 

Throughout her career she received several awards such as three BAFTA Awards for Best Actress in A Leading Role for Roman Holiday (1953) The Nun’s Story (1959) and Wait Until Dark (1967). In 1993, she was awarded the Academy Honorary Award for lifetime achievement which made her one of only two actresses to win both an Oscar and an honorary Oscar. 

Apart from acting, Hepburn was also a humanitarian who worked with UNICEF since 1988 until her death in 1993. Furthermore, she also wrote two books: “Audrey Style” released in 1998 which is about fashion style; and “Enchanted Tales” released in 1992 which is about stories written by children around the world.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1929</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Audrey Hepburn is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 4, 1929, Audrey Hepburn was born in Ixelles, Belgium to Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra and Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1948</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Ballet Training</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Begins ballet training with the Ballet Rambert in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1951</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Makes Film Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Makes her film debut in the British film “One Wild Oat”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1953</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Academy Award for Roman Holiday</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Roman Holiday”.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Appointment</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador appointment and travels to many countries for charity work.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy Awards for her humanitarian work.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Audrey Hepburn Dies</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Audrey Hepburn passes away on January 20, 1993 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> Her Beauty</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Audrey Hepburn was a true classic beauty. Her timeless style, elegance and grace made her stand out amongst the rest. She was an icon of fashion and style who will forever be remembered for her beauty.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> Her Talent</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Audrey Hepburn was an incredibly talented actress. She starred in iconic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday, which won her numerous awards. She also had a successful Broadway run with Gigi and Ondine.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> Her Humanitarian Work</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">In addition to her acting career, Audrey Hepburn was a tireless humanitarian. She dedicated much of her life to helping those in need, working with UNICEF to help children in developing countries. Her work for UNICEF earned her recognition from the United Nations as a goodwill ambassador.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Received an Oscar and a Tony Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Audrey Hepburn was one of the few people to ever receive both an Academy Award and a Tony Award, for her performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Had a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Audrey Hepburn was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, becoming the first actress to do so.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Trained as a Ballet Dancer</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Audrey Hepburn trained as a ballet dancer from a young age and even performed professionally at the age of 15.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Appeared in 8 Films with Gregory Peck</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Audrey Hepburn appeared in 8 films with Gregory Peck throughout her career, including Roman Holiday, The Nun's Story, and Green Mansions.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Worked as an Unpaid UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1988, Audrey Hepburn began working as an unpaid UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visiting countries like Somalia and Ethiopia to bring aid and supplies to those in need.</p></div>


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