Audrey Hepburn - known British actress, fashion 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 a model of femininity.
Born Audrey Hepburn in May 1929 in a small town near Brussels Ixelles. At birth, she was named Audrey Kathleen Ruston. The girl grew up in a family of British banker John Victor Ruston and the Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra. Later, the father added his name to the name of Hepburn, respectively, daughter became Audrey Hepburn-Ruston.
Despite his aristocratic origin, as a child of the future actress had to face serious difficulties. The 6-year-old girl experienced a parental divorce, then lived with her mother in the Netherlands. School years, Audrey took place in Nazi-occupied Arnhem. After the German invasion of the Netherlands girl took the pseudonym Edda baths Heemstra, because the British sound of the name represented a threat at the moment. To this day, many people mistakenly believe that the true version of the name of the actress.
During the war, Audrey Hepburn had to starve, that is not the best way affected her health. Proper metabolism actress and not recovered even after the war, later she suffered from anemia, respiratory diseases, depression.
When the war ended, it has always shown an interest in art Hepburn disaccustomed in Arnhem Conservatory and moved to Amsterdam. There, she and her mother were nurses in the house of veterans. Since 1946, not to give up work, Audrey began taking ballet lessons at the Sonia Gaskell. Then she studied art at the famous dance teacher Marie Rampert and Vaslav Nijinsky. Ballet Hepburn worked to exhaustion, but her short stature, combined with the effects of chronic malnutrition still would not allow her to become a prima ballerina.
In those years, the girl's mother had to take on any menial jobs to feed their families. Audrey Hepburn had to make their own, and career as an actress has become the best solution.
Audrey Hepburn: movies
The debut of the actress in the movie took place in 1948 - it was a training film "Dutch in Seven Lessons." The first feature film with Audrey was the "Seed of wild oats" (1951). Over the next two years, the actress performed several roles inconspicuous. The first major role she won in 1952 in the film "Secret People."
This success came to Audrey Hepburn in the film after the shooting of William Wyler's "Roman Holiday", released in 1953. The film tells the story of love, broke out between the heir to the throne and a simple American journalist, played by Gregory Peck - one of the most popular actors of the time. For the role of Princess Anne Audrey she received the award "Oscar". In addition, work has been awarded the "Golden Globe" and the BAFTA.
After the stunning success of "Roman Holiday" directed by William Wyler Audrey she took in three of his paintings. It was completely different in genre films - a performance of the play S. Taylor "Sabrina" (1954), the drama "The Children's Hour" by L. Hellman, a detective comedy "How to Steal a Million" (1966).
Audrey Hepburn starred in other filmmakers - it has done to the image of a gentle and timid Natasha in "War and Peace", King Vidor filmed in 1956. I remember the audience role in the film of Fred Zinnemann "The Nun's Story" (1959) - Hepburn character throughout the film turns from young, full of energy girl in drooping and exhausted work at the hospital, "babysitter".
One of the most important works was the role, performed in the film B. Edwards' Breakfast at Tiffany's "(1961). The image of Holly Golightly has become a truly iconic for many years, and known "little black dress" of the heroine - a real hit.
Particularly noteworthy are the role of Audrey Hepburn in musicals. In 1957, she starred in "Funny Face", where her co-star was the king of the genre Fred Astaire. Near the actor Audrey looked more than worthy.
One of the best actress performed their roles in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical in 1964, "My Fair Lady" by George Cukor.
Hepburn starred actively until 1967, after which her acting career has come quite a long break. Return of Audrey Hepburn on the screen took a picture with the release in 1976, "Robin and Marian". Since then she has moved to the role of age and acted on occasion. His last work was the role performed by an actress in the film Steven Spielberg's "Always" (1989).
Audrey Hepburn: public life
After graduating acting career Audrey Hepburn was appointed special ambassador of UNICEF. At the same time work with the actress began in 1954: then she took part in the programs broadcast on the radio.
Hepburn was grateful to the foundation for your own salvation after the Nazi occupation. The last years of her life she dedicated to improving the fate of children living in poor countries.
In five years, with the mission of UNICEF Audrey Hepburn traveled more than 20 countries around the world, taking care of the disadvantaged children and their families. For example, she traveled to Ethiopia, Turkey, Vietnam, the countries of South and Central America, Bangladesh. She dealt with the implementation of programs to supply those in need of humanitarian aid, vaccination, drinking water supply.
The work was facilitated by actress possession of several languages. She spoke in French, Dutch, English, Italian, Spanish.
In 1992, for the activities of UNICEF Audrey Hepburn were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Audrey Hepburn: love life
During the shooting of film "Sabrina" Audrey Hepburn became romantically involved with co-star William Holden. He was married to actress Brenda Marshall, and their family was considered normal to have affairs on the side. To by casual relationships do not have children, who had two sons Holden made his vasectomy. Audrey dreamed of marriage and the birth of children. When the actress knew about the inability of the elect to become a father, he immediately severed relations with him once and for all.
Her future husband, director and actor Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn met while working in the production of "Ondine." Erupted between feelings did not stop even third marriage and five children Ferrera. Wedding actors held in 1954, and six years later the couple had a son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer. But the marriage lasted chalk and Audrey 14 years. The reasons for divorce the spouses are not voiced.
The actress was going through a painful break with Ferrer, she even had to seek professional medical help. Hollywood star was treated at an Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, whom later married and gave birth to her son Lucas. After some time, family relationships gone wrong, Dottie began to change his wife. Audrey tried not to notice it, but even her patience enough iron a little more than ten years.
In 50 years, I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn again. Chosen actress became Dutchman Robert Wolders, with whom she was in a relationship before the end of his days. Marriage between Hepburn and Uoldersom was never formalized, but this did not prevent their happiness.
Audrey Hepburn: Death
Working with UNICEF Audrey Hepburn took up a lot of energy. Numerous trips a negative impact on her health. A visit to Somalia and Kenya in 1992 was the last for the actress. During the trip, Hepburn felt unbearable pain in the abdomen, and doctors urged African collapse mission urgently, but she refused.
The full survey Audrey Hepburn was held only on arrival from Africa. Much Unfortunately she found a tumor in the colon. A couple of weeks the operation was performed, which doctors called successful. Unfortunately, three weeks later, the actress was hospitalized again with renewed pain. It turned out that the tumor has metastasized to nearby tissue - Actress days were numbered.
Soon after she returned from the hospital in Switzerland, a small town tolochenaz as doctors were already powerless. In the circle of children and Uoldersa she spent last Christmas, calling it "the happiest in my life."
January 20, 1993 the heart of the great actress stopped forever. Audrey Hepburn died surrounded by family - she was 63 years old.