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The Life of Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Kathleen Ruston was born on the the 4th of May in the year 1929 to her Mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra and her Father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston. She was born in Brussels Belgium. When she was young her parents had divorced. Audrey was a child during the second world war and was in the town of Arnham Holland when it was taken over by Hitlers army. At the age of sixteen Audrey volunteered at the hospital there and during the battle of Arnham helped with the injured soldiers that were brought in. During the war she suffered from malnutrition and depression. After the war Audrey got a scholarship to a ballet school in London. Audrey's last name became Hepburn when her father added it to his name after finding out that some of his ancestors had had that name. Audrey then had to add it to her name because he was her father making her Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston. She later began a modeling career. Audrey's Childhood Audrey performed ballet to earn donations for the anti-nazi effort in the Dutch underground. Fun Facts She tried baking grass into bread and eating tulip bulbs when food was scarce in the hard times of the second world war. The beginning of Audrey's Career Once Audrey got into the modeling career she thought that this was what she was supposed to be doing. But then a producer found her through modeling and that is how she got a very small part as a KLM stewardess in the 1948 movie "Dutch in Seven lessons". In her next film, "Young Wives' Tale" she played Eve Lester, but it was not such a big part either and she decided to go to America in search of another potential, hopefully larger part in a movie. There she landed a part as Princess Ann in "Roman Holiday" Which was released September 2nd 1953. This performance won Audrey an Oscar for best actress it was also the start of a big career for Hepburn and gained her more popularity along with many more awards including one for her performance in the 1954 film"Sabrina". Then she got the part of Jo Stockton in the 1957 film "Funny Face". Also in 1957 she played Ariane Chavasse in "Love in the Afternoon" and Audrey won another award for her part in the 1959 film "The Nun's Story were she played Sister Luke. The Peak of Audrey's career Fun Fact Audrey accepted the 1953 academy award for best actress on March 25 1954. when the academy president presented her the award she kissed him on lips in her excitement, she also misplaced the award in the washroom of the Center Theater in New York and later on and had to go back and find it so she could pose for photos. Audrey hit the peak of her career when she played Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961 which she got another award for. By this time Audrey had already married her first husband Mel Ferrer and they had had a little boy a year earlier named Sean H. Ferrer. After "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Audrey also stared in Charade (1963), my Fair Lady (1964), Two for the road (1967), Wait Until Dark (1967), Robin and Marian (1976) and many, many more in between. After Audrey and Mel Ferrer divorced in 1968 Audrey decided to retire now that she was at a very high point in her career and in January of 1969 she married her second husband Andrea Dotti. But sometimes she would still do movies. For example Robin and Marian in which she played Maid Marian. Fun Fact Audrey Hepburn and her second husband Andrea Dotti had a son (Audrey's second) named Luca Dotti who was born on the 8th of February 1970 AUDREY HEPBURN AUDREY HEPBURN Later in Audrey's Life Audrey worked with UNICEf and in 1988 became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund which was helping children in Latin America and Africa. She stayed the special ambassador until 1993, which unfortunately was the year she past away. While on a trip to Somali with UNICEF Hepburn was experiencing stomach pains which turned out to be appendiceal carcinoma (appendix cancer) which is what caused her death. By now Audrey and Andrea had been divorced since 1982. In the years before Hepburn's death she lived with and was accompanied by, but never married to Robert Wolders. Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston past away in Tolochenaz Switzerland on January 20th 1993. Fun Facts Audrey Hepburn spoke English, Spanish, French, Italian and Dutch fluently. Audrey had a dog named Mr. Famous. He was a Yorkshire Terrier. Audrey Hepburn's Films Dutch in Seven Lessons (1948) Monte Carlo Baby (1951) Laughter in Paradise (1951) One Wild Oat (1951) Lavender Hill Mob (1951) Young Wive's Tale (1951) Secret People (1952) Nous Irons a Monte Carlo (1951) Roman Holiday (1953) Sabrina (1954) War and Peace (1956) Funny Face (1957) Love in the Afternoon (1957) Green Mansions (1959) The Nun's Story (1959) The Unforgiven (1960) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) The Children's Hour (1962) Charade (1963) Paris When it Sizzles (1964) My Fair Lady (1964) Wait until Dark (1967) Robin and Marian (1976) Bloodline (1979) They all Laughed (1981) Always (1989) How to Steal a Million (1966) Two for the Road (1967) Famous Characteristics and Famous Quotes Bibliography Audrey was known for her elegance She had wide brown eyes Known for her long neck Audrey also had a very petite figure She played a lot of very high society woman "Remember if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others." "Whatever happens, the most important thing is growing old gracefully. And you can't do that on the cover of a fan magazine." "Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding your exactly the same." Jackson, Denny. "Biography for Audrey Hepburn". September 7th 2012. www.imdb.com/name/nm0000030/bio "What is Audrey Hepburn Famous for?". September 9th 2012. uk.ask.com/question/what-is-audrey-hepburn-famous-for krobinson803 "The Life of Audrey Hepburn". September 8th 2012. www.timetoast.com/timlines/115783 "Audrey Hepburn Filmography". September 8th 2012. www.elegantwoman.org/audrey-hepburn-filmography.html "UNICEF people Audrey Hepburn" September 8th 2012. June 19th 2003. www.unicef.org/people/people_audrey_hepburn.html Why I Admire Audrey Hepburn And she got another award from president George Bush in 1992 - the Presidential Award for Freedom also for her work with UNICEF. I Admire Audrey Hepburn for many reasons. First of all when she was a child it was the time of the second world war and I really admire how brave she was helping out at hospitals and trying to raise money for the anti-nazi effort. I also admire her for all of her great quotes and personal morals. I think it was really great how selfless she was. Which brings me to the final reason I admire her. UNICEF. I think it is wonderful how she was such a big part of the company and all of their trips to help kids in different countries that didn't have enough to eat or anywhere to live. I think that Audrey Hepburn was a great person and I think she did a lot of great things in her life. Audrey received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award for her work with UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn was buried in the Tolochenaz Cemetery in Tolochenaz Switzerland.
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