97 Facts About Audrey Hepburn


Audrey Hepburn attended boarding school in Kent, England, from 1936 to 1939.


Audrey Hepburn studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam beginning in 1945, and with Marie Rambert in London from 1948.


Audrey Hepburn began performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions and then had minor appearances in several films.


Audrey Hepburn rose to stardom in the romantic comedy Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck, for which she was the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.


Audrey Hepburn went on to star in a number of successful films such as Sabrina, in which Humphrey Bogart and William Holden compete for her affection; Funny Face, a musical where she sang her own parts; the drama The Nun's Story ; the romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's ; the thriller-romance Charade, opposite Cary Grant; and the musical My Fair Lady.


Audrey Hepburn won three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.


Audrey Hepburn remains one of only eighteen people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.


Later in life, Audrey Hepburn devoted much of her time to UNICEF, to which she had contributed since 1954.


Audrey Hepburn's mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch noblewoman.


Audrey Hepburn's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was a British subject born in Auschitz, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.


Audrey Hepburn was the son of Victor John George Ruston, of British and Austrian background, and Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Wels, who was of Czech-Jewish and Austrian origin and born in Kovarce.


Audrey Hepburn's parents were married in Batavia, Dutch East Indies, in September 1926.


Audrey Hepburn later professed that her father's departure was "the most traumatic event of my life".


Audrey Hepburn had begun taking ballet lessons during her last years at boarding school, and continued training in Arnhem under the tutelage of Winja Marova, becoming her "star pupil".


Around that time Audrey Hepburn performed silent dance performances which reportedly raised money for the Dutch resistance effort.


Audrey Hepburn volunteered at a hospital that was the center of resistance activities in Velp, and her family temporarily hid a British paratrooper in their home during the Battle of Arnhem.


Audrey Hepburn sent back thousands of cigarettes, which she was able to sell on the black market and so buy the penicillin which saved Hepburn's life.


Audrey Hepburn made her film debut playing an air stewardess in Dutch in Seven Lessons, an educational travel film made by Charles van der Linden and Henry Josephson.


Later that year, Audrey Hepburn moved to London after accepting a ballet scholarship with Ballet Rambert, which was then based in Notting Hill.


Audrey Hepburn supported herself with part-time work as a model, and dropped "Ruston" from her surname.


Audrey Hepburn appeared in the BBC Television play The Silent Village, and in minor roles in the films One Wild Oat, Laughter in Paradise, Young Wives' Tale, and The Lavender Hill Mob.


Audrey Hepburn was cast in her first major supporting role in Thorold Dickinson's Secret People, as a prodigious ballerina, performing all of her own dancing sequences.


Audrey Hepburn then took a small role in a bilingual film, Monte Carlo Baby, which was filmed in Monte Carlo.


Audrey Hepburn went into rehearsals having never spoken on stage, and required private coaching.


Audrey Hepburn had her first starring role in Roman Holiday, playing Princess Ann, a European princess who escapes the reins of royalty and has a wild night out with an American newsman.


Audrey Hepburn was signed to a seven-picture contract with Paramount, with 12 months in between films to allow her time for stage work.


Audrey Hepburn was featured on 7 September 1953 cover of Time magazine, and became known for her personal style.


Audrey Hepburn is even more luminous as the daughter and pet of the servants' hall than she was as a princess last year, and no more than that can be said.


Audrey Hepburn returned to the stage in 1954, playing a water nymph who falls in love with a human in the fantasy play Ondine on Broadway.


Audrey Hepburn's performance won her the 1954 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play three days after she won the Academy Award for Roman Holiday, making her one of three actresses to receive the academy and Tony Awards for Best Actress in the same year.


Audrey Hepburn exhibited her dancing abilities in her debut musical film, Funny Face, wherein Fred Astaire, a fashion photographer, discovers a beatnik bookstore clerk who, lured by a free trip to Paris, becomes a beautiful model.


Audrey Hepburn starred in another romantic comedy, Love in the Afternoon, alongside Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier.


Audrey Hepburn played Sister Luke in The Nun's Story, which focuses on the character's struggle to succeed as a nun, alongside co-star Peter Finch.


The role produced a third Academy Award nomination for Audrey Hepburn, and earned her a second BAFTA Award.


Audrey Hepburn next starred as New Yorker Holly Golightly in Blake Edwards's Breakfast at Tiffany's, a film loosely based on the Truman Capote novella of the same name.


Capote disapproved of many changes that were made to sanitise the story for the film adaptation, and would have preferred Marilyn Monroe to have been cast in the role, although he stated that Audrey Hepburn "did a terrific job".


Audrey Hepburn next appeared opposite Cary Grant in the comic thriller Charade, playing a young widow pursued by several men who chase after the fortune stolen by her murdered husband.


The 59-year-old Grant, who had previously withdrawn from the starring male lead roles in Roman Holiday and Sabrina, was sensitive about his age difference with 34-year-old Audrey Hepburn, and was uncomfortable about the romantic interplay.


Audrey Hepburn reunited with her Sabrina co-star William Holden in Paris When It Sizzles, a screwball comedy in which she played the young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter, who aids his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.


Soundstage wrote that "not since Gone with the Wind has a motion picture created such universal excitement as My Fair Lady", although Audrey Hepburn's casting in the role of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle was a source of dispute.


Julie Andrews, who had originated the role on stage, was not offered the part because producer Jack L Warner thought Hepburn was a more "bankable" proposition.


Audrey Hepburn initially asked Warner to give the role to Andrews but was eventually cast.


Audrey Hepburn was initially upset and walked off the set when informed.


Audrey Hepburn is Eliza for the ages", while adding, "Everyone agreed that if Julie Andrews was not to be in the film, Audrey Hepburn was the perfect choice.


Andrews won an Academy Award for Mary Poppins at the 1964 37th Academy Awards and Audrey Hepburn earned Best Actress nominations for Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle awards.


Audrey Hepburn played the daughter of a famous art collector, whose collection consists entirely of forgeries which are about to be exposed as fakes.


Audrey Hepburn's character plays the part of a dutiful daughter trying to help her father with the help of a man played by Peter O'Toole.


Director Stanley Donen said that Audrey Hepburn was freer and happier than he had ever seen her, and he credited that to co-star Albert Finney.


The second, Wait Until Dark, is a suspense thriller in which Audrey Hepburn demonstrated her acting range by playing the part of a terrorised blind woman.


Audrey Hepburn lost fifteen pounds under the stress, but she found solace in co-star Richard Crenna and director Terence Young.


Audrey Hepburn attempted a comeback playing Maid Marian in the period piece Robin and Marian with Sean Connery co-starring as Robin Hood, which was moderately successful.


Audrey Hepburn's last starring role in a feature film was opposite Gazzara in the comedy They All Laughed, directed by Peter Bogdanovich.


Six years later, Audrey Hepburn co-starred with Robert Wagner in a made-for-television caper film, Love Among Thieves.


Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn was a PBS documentary series, which was filmed on location in seven countries in the spring and summer of 1990.


The other project was a spoken word album, Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales, which features readings of classic children's stories and was recorded in 1992.


In 1989, Audrey Hepburn was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.


Audrey Hepburn visited an orphanage in Mek'ele that housed 500 starving children and had UNICEF send food.


Audrey Hepburn called Turkey "the loveliest example" of UNICEF's capabilities.


Audrey Hepburn toured Central America in February 1989, and met with leaders in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.


In October 1990, Audrey Hepburn went to Vietnam, in an effort to collaborate with the government for national UNICEF-supported immunisation and clean water programmes.


In September 1992, four months before she died, Audrey Hepburn went to Somalia.


In 1952, Audrey Hepburn became engaged to industrialist James Hanson, whom she had known since her early days in London.


Audrey Hepburn called it "love at first sight", but after having her wedding dress fitted and the date set, she decided the marriage would not work because the demands of their careers would keep them apart most of the time.


Audrey Hepburn issued a public statement about her decision, saying "When I get married, I want to be really married".


At a cocktail party hosted by mutual friend Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn met American actor Mel Ferrer, and suggested that they star together in a play.


Audrey Hepburn met her second husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, on a Mediterranean cruise with friends in June 1968.


Audrey Hepburn believed she would have more children and possibly stop working.


Dotti and Audrey Hepburn were unfaithful, he with younger women and she with actor Ben Gazzara during the filming of Bloodline.


The Dotti-Audrey Hepburn marriage lasted more than twelve years and was dissolved in 1982.


From 1980 until her death, Audrey Hepburn was in a relationship with Dutch actor Robert Wolders, the widower of actress Merle Oberon.


Audrey Hepburn had met Wolders through a friend during the later years of her second marriage.


Audrey Hepburn spent her last days in hospice care at her home in Tolochenaz, Vaud, and was occasionally well enough to take walks in her garden, but gradually became more confined to bedrest.


Later on the same day, Audrey Hepburn was interred at the Tolochenaz Cemetery.


Audrey Hepburn is one of few entertainers who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.


Audrey Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.


Audrey Hepburn received a tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1991 and was a frequent presenter at the Academy Awards.


Audrey Hepburn received the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.


Audrey Hepburn was the recipient of numerous posthumous awards including the 1993 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and competitive Grammy and Emmy Awards.


In January 2009, Audrey Hepburn was named on The Times list of the top 10 British actresses of all time.


In 2010, Emma Thompson opined Audrey Hepburn "can't sing and she can't really act"; some people agreed, others disagreed.


Audrey Hepburn has been the subject of many biographies since her death including the 2000 dramatisation of her life titled The Audrey Hepburn Story which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Emmy Rossum as the older and younger Hepburn respectively.


Audrey Hepburn's image is widely used in advertising campaigns across the world.


In 2013, a computer-manipulated representation of Audrey Hepburn was used in a television advert for the British chocolate bar Galaxy.


Audrey Hepburn directed the charity in cooperation with his half-brother Luca Dotti, and Robert Wolders, his mother's partner, which aimed to continue the humanitarian work of Audrey Hepburn.


Audrey Hepburn served as Chairman of the Fund before resigning in 2012, turning over the position to Dotti.


Audrey Hepburn said that his mother didn't take herself seriously, and used to say, "I take what I do seriously, but I don't take myself seriously".


Audrey Hepburn was known for her fashion choices and distinctive look, to the extent that journalist Mark Tungate has described her as a recognisable brand.


Alongside model Twiggy, Audrey Hepburn has been cited as one of the key public figures who made being very slim fashionable.


Audrey Hepburn was in particular associated with French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who was first hired to design her on-screen wardrobe for her second Hollywood film, Sabrina, when she was still unknown as a film actor and he a young couturier just starting his fashion house.


Audrey Hepburn became the face of Givenchy's first perfume, L'Interdit, in 1957.


Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses.


Audrey Hepburn was considered by some to be one of the most beautiful women of all time, she was ranked as the third greatest screen legend in American cinema by the American Film Institute.


Audrey Hepburn is remembered as a film and style icon.


Audrey Hepburn's debut was as a flight stewardess in the 1948 Dutch film Dutch in Seven Lessons.


Audrey Hepburn then performed on the British stage as a chorus girl in the musicals High Button Shoes, and Sauce Tartare.


Audrey Hepburn won, or was nominated for, awards for her work in motion pictures, television, spoken-word recording, on stage, and humanitarian work.


Audrey Hepburn was five-times nominated for an Academy Award, and she was awarded the 1953 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Roman Holiday and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993, posthumously, for her humanitarian work.