Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4 th May 1929, Hepburn was born in Belgium and was the daughter of a well-to-do English banker and a Dutch Baroness. Her parents divorced when she was still young, and Audrey moved to London with her mother and attended private school.
Audrey and her mother later too a vacation in Holland, but Hitler’s armies took over, and the family hit upon difficult time, resulting in Audrey becoming malnourished as well as depressed. But things picked up after the liberation, and Audrey secured a scholarship at a London ballet school and also did some modeling. It was whilst she was modeling that a movie producer spotted her, and she was awarded a small part in a movie in 1948, ‘Nederlands in 7 lessen’. She then got a slightly bigger part in a 1951 movie, ‘Young Wives’ Tale’.
After this Audrey decided to head for the United States to try and improve her acting career. She was given a big part in a 1953 movie, ‘Roman Holiday’. The movie was a big success and Audrey picked up an Oscar for her performance, making her hot property. During the 1950s she continued to star in smash hit movies such as ‘Funny Face’, ‘Sabrina’, and ‘Love in the Afternoon’. In the early 1960s she starred in a couple of movies that she is probably most remembered for, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, and ‘My Fair Lady’.
Audrey retired at the end of the 1960s, enjoying going out whilst she was still a much-loved star. She still did some bit parts now and again.
She died in Switzerland on January 20 th 1993 from colon cancer.
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