Audrey was also placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. For her excellent performance in various stages, she received Academy Award for Best Actress, Cecil B. DeMille Award, Special Tony Award, etc.
Audrey Hepburn was also known for her humanitarian work with UNICEF. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
|Real Name||Audrey Kathleen Ruston|
|Nickname||Audrey Hepburn, Adriaantje, Edda van Heemstra|
|Profession||Actress, Model, Goodwill Ambassador & Humanitarian|
|Date of Birth||4th May, 1929|
|Date of Death||20 January 1993|
|Age When Died||63 Years|
|Birthplace||Number 48 Rue Keyenveld, Ixelles, Belgium, England|
|Hometown||Ixelles, Belgium, England|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet inches- 5'6"
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 49 kg
in pounds- 108 lbs
|Eye Color||Hazel and Green|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Body Measurements||34-20-34 in ( 86-51-86 cm)|
|Chest Size||34 inches|
|Waist Size||20 inches|
|Hips Size||34 inches|
|Debut||1948 Dutch film "Dutch in Seven Lessons"|
|Awards & Achievements||• Academy Awards
• BAFTA Awards
• Emmy Awards, Primetime
• Golden Globe Awards
• Grammy Awards
• Screen Actors Guild Awards
• Tony Awards
• Primetime Emmy Award (posthumously)
|Relationships & Affairs|
|Boyfriend Name||• Michael Butler
• James Hanson
• William Holden
• Mel Ferrer
• Peter O’Toole
• Albert Finney
• Ben Gazzara
|Husband Name||Andrea Dotti (m. 1969–1982)
Mel Ferrer (m. 1954–1968)
|Parents||Father- Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston
Mother- Ella van Heemstra
|Siblings||Brother- Robert Alexander Quarles van Ufford (Older Maternal Half-Brother)|
|Children||Son- Luca Dotti [with Andrea Dotti], Sean Hepburn Ferrer [with Mel Ferrer]|
|Net Worth [approx.]||$55 million|
Audrey Hepburn was born on 4 May 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. In the year 1939, Audrey started to attend the Arnhem Conservatory. She also took ballet lessons in boarding school. In 1940, she changed her name to Edda van Heemstra.
Audrey Hepburn was born to Baroness Ella van Heemstra and Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston. Audrey’s mother was a Dutch noblewoman and her father was the Honorary British Consul in Semarang in the Dutch East Indies.
Audrey’s maternal grandfather was Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra who was the mayor of Arnhem.
Audrey’s paternal grandparents were Victor John George Ruston and Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Wels.
Audrey’s parents tied the knot in September 1926 and after marriage, they moved to Europe. Later the whole family settled in the suburban Brussels municipality of Linkebeek in the year 1932.
Her parents were separated in the year 1938.
No information about Audrey Hepburn is known properly. It was known that she went to a boarding school where she learned ballet.
Audrey Hepburn’s Career
Audrey started her career in the year 1948. She appeared in “Dutch in Seven Lessons” as an air stewardess. This film was an educational travel film that was directed by Charles van der Linden and Henry Josephson.
The same year, she received a ballet scholarship with Ballet Rambert. She also worked as a model for a long time to support her livelihood.
Audrey also was seen as a chorus girl in the West End musical theatre “revues High Button Shoes”. This theatre premiered in 1948. In 1950, she was seen in “Summer Nights”.
She started taking elocution lessons with actor Felix Aylmer. She got registration as a freelance actress with the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC).
Audrey started appearing in a few films with very minor roles. These films were “One Wild Oat”, “Laughter in Paradise”, “Young Wives’ Tale”, and “The Lavender Hill Mob”.
In the year 1952, she got the chance to be cast in a major role in Thorold Dickinson’s “Secret People”.
Later she got the opportunity to play in “Monte Carlo Baby”; its French version was “Nous Irons à Monte Carlo”. In 1953, Audrey was selected for her first starring role in “Roman Holiday”.
In this film, she was playing the role of Princess Ann, a European princess. For this film, Audrey received an Academy Award for Best Actress along with a BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.
She also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama in 1953.
Later she appeared in the romantic Cinderella-based story comedy, Sabrina. Audrey also won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in 1954 for her excellence in the fantasy play “Ondine” on Broadway.
In 1955, she received the Golden Globe for World Film Favorite that year. She appeared in “War and Peace” which was an adaptation of the Tolstoy novel. In 1957, Audrey took part in a musical film “Funny Face”.
She was also seen in another romantic comedy, “Love in the Afternoon”. In this film, her co-actors were Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier. She also played the role of Sister Luke in “The Nun’s Story” in 1959.
She also played a role in the romantic adventure “Green Mansions”. In the year 1960, she appeared in “The Unforgiven”, which was the one and only western film of hers.
In 1961, Audrey was seen in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Blake Edwards. In the same year, she also played a role in “The Children’s Hour”.
She was also seen in the comic thriller “Charade” in 1963. Later, she played a role in “Paris When It Sizzles”. In 1964, her stage musical “My Fair Lady” was released.
She was seen in a heist comedy “How to Steal a Million”. Later she was also seen in “Two for the Road”. “Wait Until Dark” was another suspense thriller where she played the role of a terrorized blind woman.
Later she appeared in “Robin and Marian” in 1976. Audrey’s last feature film was “They All Laughed”. She was also seen in “Love Among Thieves” in the year 1987.
After her film life, Audrey started working for children and other humanitarian works. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from United States president George H. W. Bush.
She got the award for her unbelievable work with UNICEF. She also received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award posthumously because of her huge contribution to society and humanity.
Audrey Hepburn was a 5 feet 6 inches(170 cm) tall woman. She weighed 49 kgs (108 lbs). Her eye color was hazel and green mixed and she had dark brown hair. Her body measurement was 34-20-34 inches.
Relationship, Husband, and Affairs
In 1952 Audrey became closed to James Hanson. Later she also dated Michael Butler. After a few years, Audrey met American actor Mel Ferrer. They came closer in the collab period of Ondine. After eight months, they tied the knot on 25 September 1954.
Their marriage ceremony took place in Bürgenstock, Switzerland. Together they had a son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer. Though after a long 14 years, both of them got separated in the year 1968.
In June of 1968, Audrey met Andrea Dotti who was an Italian psychiatrist. They got married on 18 January 1969. They became the parents of their son Luca Andrea Dotti who was born on 8 February 1970.
It came to news that Audrey came closer to actor Ben Gazzara during a filming of an upcoming movie. That was the reason Audrey and Dotti divorced in 1982 after thirteen years of their marriage.
In 1980, Audrey was in a relationship with Robert Wolders. This relationship lasted till her death.
Audrey was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer that was known as pseudomyxoma peritonei. On 20 January 1993, Audrey Hepburn died in her sleep at her own home.
Her funeral took place in the village church of Tolochenaz on 24 January 1993. She was interred at the Tolochenaz Cemetery.
At the time of her death, Audrey Hepburn held a net worth of 55 million US dollars. She made most of her money from acting, modeling, and other sources.
Interesting Facts about Audrey Hepburn
- Audrey Hepburn dedicated the final years of her life to humanitarian work.
- Audrey received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992.
- Audrey’s favorite color was cyan.
- She became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1989.
- Hepburn’s favorite perfume was Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de.
- Audrey always used a Louis Vuitton Speedy travel bag.