Audrey Hepburn

Actor, Dancer, Model
Audrey Hepburn's reign as Hollywood's storybook princess lasted 15 years, long enough for her to be made a paradigm of sparkling charisma and class. From a traumatic youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, Hepburn effortlessly ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1929 in Brussels, BE

Filmography

Actor (46)

Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (10/21/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Gardens of the World With Audrey Hepburn 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For Peace From Oslo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fred Astaire Songbook 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth '90: Children and the Environment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Always 1989 (Movie)

Hap (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Gregory Peck -- His Own Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Lerner & Loewe: Broadway's Last Romantics 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

They All Laughed 1981 (Movie)

Angela Niotes (Actor)

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

Elizabeth Roffe (Actor)

Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

Maid Marian (Actor)

A World of Love 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Two For the Road 1967 (Movie)

Joanna Wallace (Actor)

Wait Until Dark 1967 (Movie)

Susy Hendrix (Actor)

How to Steal a Million 1966 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

My Fair Lady 1964 (Movie)

Eliza Doolittle (Actor)

Charade 1963 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

Gabrielle Simpson (Actor)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

Holly Golightly (Actor)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

Karen Wright (Actor)

The Unforgiven 1960 (Movie)

Rachel Zachary (Actor)

Green Mansions 1958 (Movie)

Rima (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Sister Luke (Actor)

Funny Face 1957 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

Love in the Afternoon 1957 (Movie)

Ariane Chavasse (Actor)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

Natasha (Actor)

Sabrina 1954 (Movie)

Sabrina Fairchild (Actor)

Roman Holiday 1953 (Movie)

Princess Anne (Actor)

The Lavender Hill Mob 1951 (Movie)

Chiquita (Actor)

A Chance to Live! (TV Show)

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Love Among Thieves (TV Show)

Actor

Nous Irons a Monte Carlo (Movie)

Melissa Walter (Actor)

Biography

Audrey Hepburn's reign as Hollywood's storybook princess lasted 15 years, long enough for her to be made a paradigm of sparkling charisma and class. From a traumatic youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, Hepburn effortlessly charmed her way into the hearts of producers, directors, co-stars and movie-goers alike, earning no less than drama's highest-profile honor for her first major film outing, "Roman Holiday" (1953). She seemed to define irrepressible, from her "Sabrina" (1954) through her deceptively sweet call girl in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) to her heartwarming rags-to-riches Eliza Doolittle in the film version of one of the last old school hit musicals, "My Fair Lady" (1964) to even late in her life when traveled the world as a high-profile spokeswoman for UNICEF. Her legacy on screen and off would be that of someone disarmingly defying her "place" and pedigree, transcending them, and in the process, becoming that rare movie star who men wanted to be with and women concurrently wanted to be.

Relationships

Andrea Dotti

Husband
married 1969, divorced Italian

Luca Dotti

Son
born 1970 father Andrea Dotti

Mel Ferrer Actor

Husband
married in 1954, divorced in 1968

Sean Ferrer

Son
born 1960 father Mel Ferrer

Albert Finney Actor

Companion
Became romantically involved during the filming of "Two for the Road" (1967)

Ben Gazzara Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Bloodline" in 1979 Co-starred in romantic comedy "They All Laughed" (1981)

Joseph Hepburn-Ruston

Father
English

Ella Hepburn-Ruston

Mother

Robert Wolders

Companion
Dutch previously married to Merle Oberon

EDUCATION

studied ballet with Sonia Gaskel in Amsterdam

studied acting with Felix Aylmer

Arnhem Conservatory

Milestones

1993

Album entitled "Music from the Films of Audrey Hepburn" released

1993

Was the subject of a special commemorative issue of PEOPLE

1992

Underwent surgery for colon cancer in Los Angeles

1991

Honored with a Gala Tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center

1989

Final film role as Hap, an angel, in Steven Spielberg's "Always"

1988

Named official spokesperson for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

1987

US TV-movie debut, "Love Among Thieves", also starred Robert Wagner and Jerry Orbach; first US TV acting work in 30 years since adaptation of "Mayerling"

1976

Resumed acting after nine-year absence in "Robin and Marian"

1969

Made a guest star appearance on the CBS Christmastime special saluting children worldwide, "A World of Love", hosted by Shirley MacLaine and Bill Cosby

1967

Last film for nine years, "Wait Until Dark"

1964

Moved to Switzerland

1964

Played Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady", one of the biggest boxoffice hits of her film career, the adaptation of Lerner and Loewe's Broadway musical hit revamp of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"

1957

TV debut in "Mayerling" (Producers Showcase) opposite then-husband Mel Ferrer

1957

Played leading role in film musical "Funny Face" opposite Fred Astaire

1954

Returned to Broadway to star in "Ondine"

1953

First starring film role in "Roman Holiday"; becomes international star

1952

Made US TV debut in a guest spot on the "CBS Television Workshop" before she became a major star in this country

1951

First British film, "One Wild Oat" (as extra)

1951

Broadway debut in title role of "Gigi"

1949

London stage debut in chorus of "High Button Shoes"

1948

First film appearance as a stewardess in semi-travelogue, "Nederland in Lessen/Dutch at the Double" (as Edda Hepburn)

1948

Moved to London on ballet scholarship to study with Marie Rambert; changed name to Audrey Hepburn

1940

Trapped in the Netherlands when Nazis invaded

Acted as courier and performed in underground concerts to raise funds for the Dutch Resistance during WWII

Grew up in England, moved to the Netherlands after her parents separated

Bonus Trivia

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Received Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992

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Hepburn was one of only eight individuals (Rita Moreno, Mel Brooks, Helen Hayes, John Gielgud, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch and Mike Nichols are the others) to have won all four of the major entertainment awards (Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy) in competition.

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"I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it. That's what I'd like to think maybe has been the appeal. People have recognized something in me they have themselves--the need to receive affection and the need to give it." --Audrey Hepburn, from The New York Times, April 22, 1991.

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"It was no accident that Miss Hepburn so often played Cinderella. That fairy tale suited her own life, as a child of Belgian, Dutch and English heritage (hence the distinctive, unidentifiable accent) who emerged from the Nazi-coccupied Netherlands to become a dancer, model and bit player. The writer Colette was the fairy godmother who saw in this radiant ingenue the makings of her own heroine, Gigi, and insisted Miss Hepburn play the role on stage. For the first of many times, she was transformed ever so appropriately from duckling to swan." --Janet Maslin in The New York Times, April 21, 1991.

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