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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

  • Born on
    • May 4th, 1929
  • Died on
    • January 20th, 1993
Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. Redefining glamour with "elfin" features and a waif-like figure that inspired designs by Hubert de Givenchy, she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, and ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema. Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Arnhem, she studied ballet before moving to London in 1948 where she continued to train in ballet while working as a photographer's model. Upon deciding to pursue a career in acting, she performed as a chorus girl in various West End musical theatre productions. After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn gained instant Hollywood stardom for playing the Academy Award-winning lead female role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age who received nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs as well as winning a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine. Hepburn remains one of few entertainers who have won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. Devoting much of her later life to UNICEF, Hepburn's war-time struggles inspired her passion for humanitarian work and, although Hepburn had contributed to the organisation since the 1950s, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia in the late eighties and early nineties. In 1992, Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. At the age of 63, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland.

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Filmography

Acting (25 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes To...
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Natasha Rostova (archive footage)
1989Always as Hap
1981They All Laughed as Angela Niotes
1979Bloodline as Elizabeth Roffe
1976Robin and Marian as Lady Marian
1967Two for the Road as Joanna Wallace
1967Wait Until Dark as Susy Hendrix
1966How to Steal a Million as Nicole Bonnet
1964My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle
1964Paris When It Sizzles as Gabrielle Simpson / Gaby
1963Charade as Regina LampertWatch Free
1961Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly
1961The Children's Hour as Karen Wright
1960The Unforgiven as Rachel Zachary
1959The Nun's Story as Sister Luke
1959Green Mansions as Rima
1957Funny Face as Jo Stockton
1957Love in the Afternoon as Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl
1956War and Peace as Natasha Rostova
1954Sabrina as Sabrina Fairchild
1953Roman Holiday as Princess Ann
1952Secret People as Nora Brentano
1951The Lavender Hill Mob as Chiquita
1951Laughter in Paradise as Freida (Cigarette Girl)

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