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Audrey Hepburn: a biography
Audrey Hepburn famous British actress, model and humanitarian activist. This charming, stunningly beautiful and infinitely talented woman has become a role model in the world. It is deservedly considered a style icon and benchmark of femininity.
Born Audrey Hepburn in may 1929 in the small town of Ixelles near Brussels. At birth she was named Audrey Kathleen Ruston. The girl was growing up in the family of an English banker John Victor Ruston and Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra. Later father added to his surname the name of Hepburn, respectively, the daughter became Audrey Hepburn-Ruston.
Despite his noble birth, in the childhood the future actress had to face serious difficulties. In 6-year-old girl survived her parents ‘ divorce, after which she lived with her mother in the Netherlands. School years Audrey passed in Nazi-occupied Arnhem. After the German invasion of the Netherlands, the girl took the pseudonym Edda baths Heemstra because the English sound of the name was represented in that moment the threat. Until now, many mistakenly believe this option is the real name of the actress.
During the war Audrey Hepburn had to starve, that is not the best way impact on her health. Proper metabolism, the actress has not recovered after the war, she later suffered from anemia, respiratory diseases, depression.
When the war ended, has always shown interest in art in Hepburn attended Arnhem Conservatory and moved to Amsterdam. There she and her mother were nurses in a veterans ‘ home. Since 1946, without throwing work, Audrey began taking ballet lessons from Sonia Gaskell. Then she studied the art of dance from renowned teachers Marie Rampart and Vaslav Nijinsky. Ballet Hepburn was engaged to the point of exhaustion, but her short stature, combined with the effects of chronic malnutrition still would not give her to become a prima ballerina.
In those years, the mother of the girl had to take any menial jobs to feed his family. Audrey Hepburn was forced to earn an income, and career of the actress became the best solution.
Audrey Hepburn: movies
Debut of the actress in the movie took place in 1948 – it was an educational film «Dutch in seven lessons». The first feature film starring Audrey became «the Seed of the wild oat» (1951). Over the next two years the actress has played a few unremarkable roles. The first big role she received in 1952 in the film «Important people».
The real success came to Audrey Hepburn after starring in the film is William Wyler’s «Roman holiday», released in 1953. The film tells about a love that broke out between the heir to the throne and a journalist, played by Gregory peck is one of the most popular actors of the time. For the role of Princess Ann Audrey received the award «Oscar». In addition, the work was awarded the prize «Golden globe» and BAFTA.
After the resounding success of «Roman holiday» directed by V. Wyler took Audrey in his three paintings. It was a completely different genre of films, dramatization of the play by S. Taylor’s «Sabrina» (1954), the drama «the Children’s hour» for L. Hellman, a Comedy detective story «How to steal a million» (1966).
Audrey Hepburn starred in other Directors – she coped well with the gentle and timid image of Natasha Rostova in «War and peace», filmed by king Vidor in 1956. Remembered by the audience role in the film Fred You «the nun’s Story» (1959) – the heroine of the Hepburn during the film transforms from a young, energetic girl in a prostrate drooping and work in the hospital «nurse».
One of the most important works was the role performed in the film. Edwards «
One of his best roles, the actress played in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical of 1964 «My fair lady» by George cukor.
Hepburn appeared to 1967, after which her acting career came quite a long break. The return of Audrey Hepburn on the screen occurred with the release of a picture of 1976 «Robin and Marian». Since then she has moved to age-based roles and starred from case to case. The last work was the role performed by the actress in the film, Steven Spielberg’s «Always» (1989).
Audrey Hepburn: the public life
After an acting career, Audrey Hepburn was appointed special Ambassador to UNICEF. At the same time to cooperate with the organization of the actress began in 1954 and took part in the programs broadcast on the radio.
Hepburn felt gratitude to the Foundation for its own recovery after the Nazi occupation. The last years of her life she devoted to improving the lives of children living in poor countries.
In five years, with the mission of UNICEF Audrey Hepburn has traveled to over 20 countries around the world, taking care of disadvantaged children and their families. So, she traveled to Ethiopia, Turkey, Vietnam, South and Central America, Bangladesh. She worked on programmes for the supply need of humanitarian assistance, vaccinations, provision of drinking water.
The work of the actress facilitated by the possession of several languages. She spoke French, Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish.
In 1992, for the activities of UNICEF, Audrey Hepburn was awarded the Presidential medal of Freedom.
Audrey Hepburn: personal life
During the filming of «Sabrina» Audrey Hepburn began a romantic relationship with co-star William Holden. He was married to actress Brenda Marshall, and their family was considered the norm to have Affairs on the side. To casual relationships, did not appear the children, had two sons Holden had had a vasectomy. Audrey raved about the marriage and birth of children. When the actress learned of the inability of the elect to be a father, then broke up with him once and for all.
Her future husband, Director and actor Malama Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn met while working in the play «Ondine». Broke out between them feelings did not stop even third marriage, and five children Ferrer. The wedding of actors took place in 1954, and six years later the couple had a son Sean Hepburn Ferrer. But marriage Malema and Audrey lasted 14 years. Causes of divorce the spouses do not articulate.
Actress painful experienced a breakup with Ferrer, she even had to seek professional medical help. The Hollywood star was treated by the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, whom later married and gave birth to son Lucas. After some time, the family relationships went wrong, Dottie began to change his wife. Audrey tried not to notice, but even his iron patience a little more than ten years.
In 50 years, Audrey Hepburn has found love again. Elect of the actress became the Dutchman Robert Wolders, with whom she was in a relationship until the end of his days. The marriage between Hepburn and Walterson was never officially issued, but this did not prevent their happiness.
Audrey Hepburn: death
Work in UNICEF robbed Audrey Hepburn a lot of effort. Numerous trips had a negative impact on her health. Visit to Somalia and Kenya in 1992 became the last actress. During the trip, Hepburn felt the unbearable pain in the abdomen, and the African doctors strongly recommend to pay the mission urgently, but she refused.
A full examination of Audrey Hepburn was only on arrival from Africa. Unfortunately she was diagnosed with a tumor in the colon. A few weeks had surgery that doctors called successful. Unfortunately, three weeks later, the actress was hospitalized again with a new pain. It turned out that the tumor has metastasized to surrounding tissue – the days of Actresses were considered.
Soon she returned from the hospital in Switzerland, in the small town of Tolochenaz, as the doctors were already powerless. In the circle of children and Wolders she spent last Christmas, calling it «the happiest life».
20 Jan 1993 heart of the great actress stopped forever. Audrey Hepburn died surrounded by family – she was 63 years old.
Audrey Hepburn: filmography
- «Banda from Lavender hill»
- «Child Of Monte Carlo»
- «Secret people»
- «Roman holiday»
- «Funny face»
- «War and peace»
- «Breakfast at Tiffany’s»
- «Blood ties»
Audrey Hepburn: photo