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Influential Person: Audrey Hepburn
Transcript of Influential Person: Audrey Hepburn
Sauce Tartare (1949)
Cecil Landeau, producer of the play, spotted Hepburn and cast her as the girl walking across the stage with a title card for every skit. Then, she was cast at higher pay in the sequel.
Influence on Me
Hepburn is an influential person because she worked her way to the top. From being a girl forced to live in hiding from the Germans as "Edda Van Heemstra", she became the Fashion Icon "Audrey Hepburn"
I aspire to work as hard as she did.
Growing Up In Nazi Occupation
Audrey was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929. Then, she moved to Holland. However, during World War II, Germany invaded Holland. She changed her name to Edda Van Heemstra so as to not sound so English. Then, coincidentally on her 16th birthday, Holland was liberated and she no longer had to hide as Edda anymore.
Audrey Hepburn is Discovered
Hepburn studied ballet at Sonia Gaskell's Ballet Studio'45 in Amsterdam. Then, Gaskell introduced Audrey to the Ballet Rambert in London where she was accepted and granted a scholarship in early 1948.
In 1950, Hepburn began modeling part time and then became a freelance actress. She landed a role of a ballerina in "The Secret People (1952)"
Hepburn's Iconic Look
Her famous look as a fashion icon came from her role in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). She appeared on nearly every fashion magazine that year.
Her Dream Was Over
By October, Hepburn was told she didn't have the physique to become a prima ballerina because she was too tall (5'7"). She then moved on to try out for a part in the chorus line in High Button Shoes, a play at London's Hippodrome. She got the part and this was when she used the name "Audrey Hepburn"