Today marks the 22nd death anniversary of Audrey Kathleen Ruston, popularly known as Audrey Hepburn, who was born on 4th May 1929 and passed away on 20 January 1993.
Audrey Hepburn was more than just an actress; she was a legend and an icon. Born in Belgium, the 5.7” actress was popular for her wonderful performances in movies such as Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964).
In recognition of her tremendous work as an artist, Audrey Hepburn was awarded with 3 Golden Globe Awards, 3 BAFTA’s and an Academy award. And that’s not it; Audrey also won an Emmy and a Grammy award posthumously. For her remarkable acting and style, she was rightly placed in Empire magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
Apart from being recognized and appreciated as an actress, Hepburn was also hailed as a fashion icon. The “Little Black Dress” that Hepburn carried in the most sophisticated way in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s became one of the most symbolic dresses of all times.
Audrey was Hubert de Givenchy’s muse; rather it was more like a collaboration. Givenchy went on and designed clothes for many of her popular movies and for award ceremonies. Givenchy also came up with a perfume for her named “L’Interdit”.
Unlike other actresses of her era, the pixie cut actress was more than just a pretty face. She was also a philanthropist and dedicated the later years of her life for humanitarian causes. This is the exact reason why Hepburn was also selected as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF and she was also bestowed upon with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by USA’s 41st president, George H. W. Bush.
During the time when Germany occupied Netherlands, Audrey saw pain, hunger and agony in her own childhood; she admitted that this is what motivated her to work tirelessly for improving the conditions of the underprivileged and malnourished children. She traveled to different countries in Latin America and Africa for humanitarian purposes.
After breaking her engagement with her with James Hanson, in 1954, Hepburn got married to Hollywood actor Mel Ferrer with whom she had a son named Sean. The couple later divorced in the year 1968. In the year 1969, Audrey married for a second time, this time with an Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, who became the father of her second son, Luca. They also divorced in the early 1980s and after that, till her death Audrey had the companionship of Dutch actor, Robert Wolders.
The ever chic and gentle actress, who suffered from colon cancer, passed away at her home in Switzerland on 20th January, 1993.
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