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Audrey Hepburn

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Mackenzie N.

on 6 November 2012

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Audrey Hepburn By: Mackenzie Nissen Bibliography Paris, Barry. Audrey Hepburn. New York: Berkley, 1996. Print. Picture Sources: hollygohardly.tumblr.com ; fairest-lady-of-all.tumblr.com Wasson, Sam. Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. New York: HarperCollins, 2010. Print. Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston was born on May 4th, 1929. Her mother was the Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra, and her father, Joseph Hepburn-Ruston, was a fascist supporter and left Audrey and her mother before the war began. World War II began when she was ten. Her mother took her out of school in England, and brought her home to Holland. The Nazis occupied Holland early in the war, and the van Heemstras spent most of the war on the brink of starvation. When the war ended, Audrey suffered from many disorders caused by malnutrition. Enter Audrey After the war, Audrey focused on her dream: to be a dancer. She performed in a few caberet-type plays to support herself and her mother while she studied dance, and her gazelle looks caught the attention of a few directors. She did a few minors roles in British movies, once again, mostly to support her dance career. Her first major Hollywood film was Roman Holiday. She quickly captivated her audiences and became one of the most iconic actresses of her time-despite her small filmography ( less than thirty total movies. ) Her most famous films include Sabrina, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Wait Until Dark. Breakfast at Tiffany's UNICEF Around the same time that her film career ended, Audrey began working as an ambassador for UNICEF. She went on a total of eight missions to impoverished nations in order to help with programs like setting up clean water systems, and giving starving children food. She gave many speeches to bring the knowledge of the horrors of those countries to the general public, and to gain support for UNICEF's cause. Audrey believed that one of the most important things she could do with her life was to use her fame to help the starving children around the world, and she dedicated the last years of her life to that cause. Perhaps Audrey's most famous movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's is about a lonely girl named Holly Golightly who sells herself in order to save money to get her brother out of the army. She falls in love with her neighbor, a gigolo, but she refuses to let him in. Breakfast at Tiffany's was one of the first catalysts for the sexual revolution because it was the first movie to portray a girl who was not only "sexually immoral" but did it with style, and made it look fun. Before, all women in movies that were sexually immoral had had unhappy endings. "Audrey Hepburn: In Her Own Words; Trailer" June 08, 2009. Online Video Clip. YouTube. Accessed November 3, 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaRam7n_1mI> Fin Audrey died on January 20, 1993 from appendiceal cancer, at the age of 63. During her lifetime she was a groundbreaking style icon who changed the definition of femininity with her classic lines and tomboy haircut, a beloved actress, and an ever-giving humanitarian. Today, she still remains one of the most famous icons ever to have lived. The End of a Legend
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