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Audrey Hepburn

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Transcript of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Stephanie Ando
period 5
Due: 12/3/14

Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit
by Sean Hepburn Ferrer

Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn
by Donald Spoto

The Beginning
Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in
Brussels, Belgium
May 4, 1929
My mother temporarily changed my name to
Edda Van Heemstra
to protect me during the war. Her name was Ella. Documents were handwritten and changing two l's to d's would allow me to carry the documents outside the house if needed. She would also change her birth year of 1900 to 1929.
During WWII, my father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, discovered documents revealing that some of his ancestors bore the name Hepburn. This caused me to legally change my name to
Hepburn
.
Where the Road Took Me
I moved a lot as a child because of the war and my father left us.
Death
I died January 20, 1993
After my trip with Robby Wolders to Somalia in 1992, I began to have stomach pains. I had
abdominal cancer
that grew slowly in a span of five years from my appendix.
My Later Life
I spent the last 12 years of my life traveling to third world countries with my sweetheart, Robby Wolders.
My Thoughts
During one of my speeches that I would give to inform the world of the grave poverty that people were suffering in, I said
"Since the world existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is a moral obligation, for those who have, to
give
to those who have nothing."
Major Frustration
I used to tell my son that we swore the Holocaust would never take place again, yet,
in Africa, the

Holocaust is alive and well
. The people of Africa suffered in a way parallel to those who suffered in the Holocaust. The were malnourished, masses would show up to camps in desperate and exhausted droves, and without many loved ones alive. However, watching the
children suffer
hurt me even more.
Children First
I often said, "
Is there anything more important than a child?
Is there? Is there anything more important than the survival of our species? Is there another time in your life when love, care, tenderness, food, education, are more important than in childhood?"
Family
Mother
(Maiden Name) : Ella Van Heemstra
She was
strong
and took care of my family after my father left. My mother believed in my dreams as much as I did. It takes a strong person to survive during a war. It takes a stronger person to be a mother during a war.
Father
: Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston-Hepburn
My father was a man of no emotion. He
left
my family when I was six years old. I grew up thinking I did something wrong and could not be loved.
Video
As a young adult, I stayed in Switzerland and Rome.
For the rest of my days, I lived in Switzerland.
My Best Friends
Connie Wald
Hubert Givenchy
Marriages
Mel Ferrer
1954-1968
Andrea Dotti
1969-1982
My Last Sweetheart
Robert Wolders
Major Events
1) While in Somalia, a small blind girl was trying to get to the medical facility. The smile she once wore vanished when I tried to help. Her soul was silenced.
2) The Nazis invaded Holland, where I was living, in 1940. I learned Dutch to pass off as a Dutch girl. I lived under the constant fear of being taken by a German soldier for "entertainment."
3) One day in May while I was filming a small film a woman Colette discovered me. She wanted me to play Gigi on Broadway. This is considered major to me because
without

this woman
, I would have
no
t become the American actress I was. This would have caused me to have little, if any,
work

with UNICEF
at all.
4) My heart shattered when my mother died in August 1984. "I was lost without my mother. She had been my sounding board, my conscience."
5) Playing
Sister Luke
in
The Nun's Story
was a
reality check
. I already felt like I could relate to her, but analyzing her strengths and weaknesses showed me what qualities of my own I wanted to enhance.
Famous Accomplishments
Nominated
Won
Academy Awards
BAFTA Awards
Golden Globes
Continued
Nominated
Won
Emmy
Grammy
Screen Actors Guild Award
Tony Awards
My Best Accomplishments
Luca and Sean
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