Audrey Hepburn Biography
Audrey Hepburn dazzled us with her beauty and charm in all of her films. Crusading for UNICEF was important to her as was her own children.
Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston was born on May 4,1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She went to school at Amhem Conservatory where she studied ballet. Audrey knew what it was like to be a real lady as her mother was a Dutch baroness. She was raised in the Netherlands when the Germans occupied the country. Miss Hepburn acted in underground concerts to raise funds for the Dutch Resistance.
She made over thirty films and gave outstanding performances in each movie. "Roman Holiday" in 1953 was the movie that launched her career in the United States and abroad, although she did make five British movies in 1951.
While Julie Andrews was the star in the stage version of "My Fair Lady," Audrey Hepburn was given the role as Eliza Doolittle for the film version. Miss Hepburn radiated innocent charm, elegance, sophistication, femininity and beauty that no other actress can rival. It was this aura that got her noticed amid the blonde actresses that were bombarding the big screen.
In the 1970’s, Miss Hepburn devoted her time to raising her children that she bore when she was married to actor Mel Ferrer (whom she was married to from 1954 to 1968) and psychiatrist Andrea Dotti (whom she was married to in 1969 and divorced several years later).
In the 1980’s, she traveled as the official goodwill ambassador for UNICEF to crusade on behalf of the world’s disadvantaged children and their families. She continued her efforts with helping starving children in third word countries throughout her adult life. She was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993 posthumously.
Miss Hepburn died from colon cancer on January 20, 1993. Her two children are actor/producer Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, who is an artist, survive her along with former companion actor Robert Wolders.