One of Hollywood’s true style icons, Audrey Hepburn is known the world over for her seemingly effortless beauty and gentility. Born in Belgium in 1929, Hepburn’s film career spanned four decades and included key parts in such legendary motion pictures as Sabrina, Funny Face and My Fair Lady. The role that arguably cemented her place in Hollywood’s pantheon, however, was that of Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Regal, lithe and delicate in her deportment, Hepburn stood in stark contrast to the more voluptuous starlets so in vogue in the 1950s.
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.
Having won the Best Actress Oscar in 1953 for Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn received four more Best Actress nods during her career. Also the winner of the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Henrietta Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and a Grammy Award, Hepburn was the epitome of successful artistry not only in Hollywood, but worldwide.