Raised largely in the Netherlands, Hepburn studied ballet as a girl and eventually moved to London where she became a photographer's model. In 1951, she accepted the starring role in Broadway's Gigi, and subsequently began landing lead roles in major films such as Roman Holiday, for which she received an Academy Award. Throughout her varied career, Hepburn starred alongside a host of legendary leading men of the twentieth century, including Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper and Humphrey Bogart.
Audrey Hepburn was twice married, first to actor Mel Ferrer, with whom she had one son, and also to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, with whom she had a second son. Both marriages eventually ended in divorce, and between 1980 and her death in 1993, Hepburn lived with actor Robert Wolders. A true humanitarian, Hepburn dedicated a large part of her life to working on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), striving to improve conditions for ill and impoverished children across the globe.