Audrey Hepburn – biography

Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn) was born on May 4, 1929 in the Belgian city of Brussels, in an aristocratic family. Mother – Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra. Father – British Consul Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston. Half-brothers – Alexander (1920-1979) and Jan van Ufford (1924-2010). Parents divorced when the future actress was 6 years old.

During the occupation of the city of Arnhem by the Nazis, the girl took the pseudonym Edda van Heemstra, since the “English” name was considered dangerous. The years of the Second World War were the most difficult in the life of the future actress. Many of her relatives were shot by the German invaders, her brother was in a concentration camp, and Audrey herself had a number of serious health problems from malnutrition. After the liberation of the Netherlands, humanitarian assistance from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) began to flow into the country, which saved the lives of many people, including Audrey Hepburn.

In 1945, after the end of the war, Hepburn graduated from the Arnhem Conservatory and moved to Amsterdam, where she and her mother got a job as nurses in a veterans’ house. In 1946, Hepburn took ballet lessons from Sonya Gaskell. The quote is taken from “Filmymeet

In 1948, Audrey moved to London, where she began dancing with the famous teachers Marie Rambert and Vaclav Nijinsky.

In the same year, Audrey Hepburn made her film debut, playing a small role as a flight attendant in Charles Huguenot van der Linden’s film Dutch in Seven Lessons.

The girl’s first serious work was the role of a ballet dancer in the crime drama Secret People (1951) directed by Thorold Dickinson.

In the same year, during the filming of The Child of Monte Carlo, Hepburn was cast in the lead role in the Broadway production of Goo. The play ran for six months with stunning success in New York.

In 1953, Hepburn played Princess Anne in the Hollywood film Roman Holiday, for which she won the 1954 Oscar for Best Actress.

In 1954, while filming Sabrina, Audrey met actor William Waldsen. They wanted to get married, but when Hepburn found out that the beloved man could not have children, she left him.

Audrey soon returned to the stage as a mermaid in the play “Ondine”, where her partner was Mel Ferrer, whom she married in 1954. In this marriage, in 1960, the son of Sean Hepburn Ferrer was born.

By the mid-1950s, Hepburn had become an established trendsetter with her sleek looks and sleek style. The actress is the founder of the “Gamine” style (from the French “gamine” – slim, elegant).

The role of Holly Golightly, played by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), has become one of the most iconic images of American cinema of the 20th century. The quote is taken from “Coolmoviez

Since 1967, after fifteen highly successful years in cinematography, Hepburn began to appear much less often.

After divorcing her first husband in 1968, Hepburn suffered from severe depression, for which she was treated by Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti. In 1969, Audrey and Andrea got married, and soon the actress gave birth to her second son, Luke. After eleven years of marriage, the couple divorced. The reason for the divorce was Dottie’s betrayal with another woman.

In 1980, the actress began dating the Dutch actor Robert Walders, with whom the relationship lasted until her death.

Hepburn’s last film work was the role of an angel in Steven Spielberg’s Always (1989), a remake of A Boy Named Joe (1943) with Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunn and Van Johnson.

Shortly after her last film appearance, Hepburn was named UNICEF’s special ambassador. Feeling grateful for her own salvation in the post-Nazi period, Audrey devoted the rest of her days to improving the lives of children in the world’s poorest countries.

During her career, the popular actress starred in such films as: “Golden Boy” (1939), “Our Town” (1940), “I Need Wings” (1941), “Boku no Pico” (1948), “Streets of Laredo” ( 1949), Sunset Boulevard (1950), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), Administrative Power (1954), Love Is the Most Magnificent Thing in the World (1955), The Cavalry (1959), Paris when it’s hot there “(1964),” Casino Royale “(1967),” The Wild Gang “(1969),” Hell in the Sky “(1974),” Television “(1976),” Fedora “(1978) , “Ashanti” (1979), “When time is running out” (1980), etc.

Audrey Hepburn died of cancer on January 20, 1993 at the age of 63. The quote is taken from “KatMovieHD

Awards

▪ Award «Theatre World Award» in the nomination “The long-term personality” for the staging of “Gigi” (1952)
▪ “Oscar” in the nomination “Best Actress” for the film “Roman Holiday” (1954)
▪ The award “Tony” in the nomination Best Actress for the play Ondine (1954)
▪ Three BAFTA Awards for Best Actress for Roman Holiday (1954), The Story of a Nun (1960), Charade (1965)
▪ Prize Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Actress for the film Roman Holiday (1954)
▪ Prize. Henrietta (1955)
▪ Zulueta Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival for Best Actress for A Story of Nuns (1959)
▪ Special Cecil B. DeMille Award (Golden Globe) for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography ( 1990)
▪ Humanitarian Prize named after Gina Hersholta (1993)
▪ Emmy Award for Best Female Performance in a Television Program for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn (1993)
▪ Grammy Award for Best Speech Album for Children for Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales “(1993)

A family

First husband – Mel Ferrer, actor, director (marriage from 1954 to 1968)
Second husband – Andrea Dotti, doctor (marriage from 1969 to 1980)
Son – Sean, from his first marriage (July 17, 1960)
Son – Luke, from his second marriage ( 8 February 1970)

Novels

William Holden, actor (1954)
Robert Walders, actor (1980 to 20 January 1993)

Hobby

Dancing, drawing

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