Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

63 (passed away Jan. 20th, 1993)
May. 4th, 1929
Born in
Ixelles, Belgium
5' 6 1/2"

Audrey Hepburn's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Omnibus (UK) TV Show
Omnibus (UK)

Main Movie Roles

1989 - Always
1981 - They All Laughed
1979 - Bloodline
1976 - Robin and Marian
1967 - Wait Until Dark
1967 - Two for the Road
1966 - How to Steal a Million
1964 - My Fair Lady
1964 - Paris - When It Sizzles
1963 - Charade
1961 - The Children's Hour
1961 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
1960 - The Unforgiven
1959 - The Nun's Story
1957 - Love in the Afternoon
1957 - Funny Face
1956 - War and Peace
1954 - Sabrina
1953 - Roman Holiday

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Marie Vetsera
Eliza Doolittle
[Complete List]


Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She really was blue-blood from the beginning with her father, a wealthy English banker, and her mother, a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. Later, when her mother moved back to the Netherlands, she attended private schools as well. While vacationing with her mother in Arnhem, Holland, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on hard times during the Nazi occupation. Audrey suffered from depression and malnutrition. After the liberation, Audrey went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career. As a model, she was graceful and, it seemed, she had found her niche in life - until the film producers came calling. After being spotted modeling by a producer, she was signed to a bit part in the European film Nederlands in 7 lessen (1948) in 1948. Later, she had a speaking role in the 1951 film, Young Wives' Tale (1951) as Eve Lester. The part still wasn't much, so she headed to America to try her luck there. Audrey gained immediate prominence in the US with her role in Roman Holiday (1953) in 1953. This film turned out to be a smashing success as she won an Oscar as Best Actress. This gained her enormous popularity and more plum roles. One of the reasons for her popularity was the fact that she was so elf-like and had class, unlike the sex-goddesses of the time. Roman Holiday (1953) was followed by another similarly wonderful performance in the 1957 classic Funny Face (1957). Sabrina (1954), in 1954, for which she received another Academy nomination, and Love in the Afternoon (1957), in 1957, also garnered rave reviews. In 1959, she received yet another nomination for her role in The Nun's Story (1959). Audrey reached the pinnacle of her career when she played Holly Golightly in the delightful film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) in 1961. For this she received another nomination. She scored commercial success again in the espionage caper Charade (1963). One of Audrey's most radiant roles was in the fine production of My Fair Lady (1964) in 1964. Her co-star, Rex Harrison (I), once was asked to identify his favorite leading lady. Without hesitation, he replied, "Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady.'" After a couple of other movies, most notably Two for the Road (1967), she hit pay dirt and another nomination in 1967's Wait Until Dark (1967). By the end of the sixties, after her divorce from actor Mel Ferrer (I), Audrey decided to retire while she was on top. Later she married Dr. Andrea Dotti. From time to time, she would appear on the silver screen. One film of note was Robin and Marian (1976), with Sean Connery in 1976. In 1988, Audrey became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund helping children in Latin America and Africa, a position she retained until 1993. She was named to People's magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Her last film was Always (1989) in 1989. Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Tolochnaz, Switzerland, from appendicular cancer. She had made a total of 31 high quality movies. Her elegance and style will always be remembered in film history as evidenced by her being named in Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time."

  • (1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#8).
  • Her famous "little black dress" from _Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)_ (qv), designed by 'Hubert de Givenchy' (qv), was sold at a Christie's auction for approximately $920,000 (5 December 2006).
  • When she failed to receive an Academy Award-nomination for her role as Eliza Doolittle in _My Fair Lady (1964)_ (qv), 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) wired her with a message of encouragement: "Don't worry about it. You'll get it one day for a part that doesn't rate it." Ironically, when Audrey's next (and last) nomination came for _Wait Until Dark (1967)_ (qv) in 1967, Hepburn beat her in _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)_ (qv) - in a part that arguably didn't rate it.
  • Told People Magazine that she was very self-conscious about her size-10 feet.
  • Hepburn was offered the role of a Japanese bride opposite 'Marlon Brando' (qv) in _Sayonara (1957)_ (qv) but turned it down. She later explained that she "couldn't possibly play an Oriental. No one would believe me; they'd laugh. It's a lovely script, however I know what I can and can't do. And if you did persuade me, you would regret it, because I would be terrible".
  • She was presented with her 1953 Best Actress Oscar for "Roman Holiday" by actor and humanitarian 'Jean Hersholt' (qv). Forty years later she would posthumously receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her work with UNICEF.
  • Had a breed of tulip named after her in 1990.
  • Turned down a role in the film _The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)_ (qv) because, as a young girl in Holland during the war, she had witnessed Nazi soldiers publicly executing people in the streets and herding Jews onto railroad cars to be sent to the death camps. She said that participating in the film would bring back too many painful memories for her.

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