Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Age
63 (passed away Jan. 20th, 1993)
Birthday
May. 4th, 1929
Born in
Ixelles, Belgium
Height
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
1
Eliza Doolittle
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

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."


TRIVIA:
  • 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.
  • She won the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award for _Roman Holiday (1953)_ (qv). On March 25th, 1954, she accepted the award from the much revered Academy president 'Jean Hersholt' (qv). After accepting the award, Audrey kissed him smack on the mouth, instead of the cheek, in her excitement. Minutes after accepting her 1953 Oscar, Audrey realized that she'd misplaced it. Turning quickly on the steps of the Center Theater in New York, she raced back to the ladies' room, retrieved the award, and was ready to pose for photographs.
  • 'Henry Mancini' (qv) said of her: "'Moon River' was written for her. No one else had ever understood it so completely. There have been more than a thousand versions of 'Moon River', but hers is inquestionably the greatest".
  • In 1993 she became the thirteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of Acting. Oscar - Best Actress for _Roman Holiday (1953)_ (qv), Tony for Best Actress in a Play for "Ondine" (1954) and Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming for _"Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn" (1993)_ (qv).
  • In Italy she was almost exclusively dubbed by 'Maria Pia Di Meo' (qv), except in her first two films (_Roman Holiday (1953)_ (qv) (Vacanze Romane) and _Sabrina (1954)_ (qv)) and in _Green Mansions (1959)_ (qv) (Verdi dimore), where she was dubbed by 'Fiorella Betti' (qv).
  • Turned down the title role in _Gigi (1958)_ (qv) to make _Funny Face (1957)_ (qv). Ironically, her agent initially rejected the film, but Hepburn overrode the decision after reading the script. Her mother, 'Baroness Ella Van Heemstra' (qv), makes a cameo appearance as a sidewalk café patron, and her Yorkshire terrier "Mr. Famous" appears as the dog in the basket during the "Anna Karenina" train shot. Hepburn did not want to be separated from husband 'Mel Ferrer (I)' (qv), so filming of the Paris scenes was timed to coincide with Ferrer's filming of _Elena et les hommes (1956)_ (qv). Paris' unseasonably rainy weather had to be worked into the script, particularly during the balloons photo shoot scene. During filming of the Paris scenes, much of the crew and cast were on edge because of riots and political violence that were gripping the city. The soggy weather played havoc with the shooting of the wedding dress dance scene. Both 'Fred Astaire' (qv) and Hepburn were continually slipping in the muddy and slippery grass. In "Funny Face" she was lucky enough to sing several songs. Her next full musical, _My Fair Lady (1964)_ (qv), had her singing voice dubbed by 'Marni Nixon' (qv), much to Hepburn's disappointment. The face portrait unveiled in the darkroom scene was photographed by 'Richard Avedon' (qv). The film was shot back-to-back with _Love in the Afternoon (1957)_ (qv).
  • Godmother of 'Victoria Brynner' (qv), the daughter of 'Doris Kleiner' (qv) and 'Yul Brynner' (qv).
  • Mother of 'Sean H. Ferrer' (qv), with first husband, 'Mel Ferrer (I)' (qv).


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