Fast Facts

  • Attended school and took ballet lessons in the Nazi-occupied town of Arnhem, Holland.
  • Went to London on a ballet scholarship as a teenager, but continued health problems suffered during the war squashed her hopes of becoming a prima ballerina.
  • Played the lead in the 1951 Broadway adaptation of Gigi. French novelist Colette, whose short story was the source material for the play, personally recommended her for the role.
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
  • Became close friends with French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy on the set of Sabrina and donned his original apparel throughout her life.
  • One of a small group to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards.
  • Lip-synched the songs in the movie musical My Fair Lady infamously recorded by "Voice of Hollywood" Marni Nixon.
  • Served as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador from 1988 until her death from colon cancer in 1993.
  • In 1990, a hybrid white tulip was created and named for her in the Netherlands.
  • Posthumously received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Her two sons, Sean and Luca, and her longtime companion Robert Wolders established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund in 1994.
  • Honored with a commemorative stamp by the U.S. Postal Service in 2003.

Awards

  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1955, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1957, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1954, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 1968, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational: Winner
  • 1954, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1954, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album For Children: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1968, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
  • 1958, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1954, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Nominee
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
  • 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Nominee
  • 1953, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actress: Winner
  • 1992, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Special Award (Film): Winner
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ian — Half Brother
  • Victor John George Ruston — Grandfather
  • Mel Ferrer — Ex-husband
  • Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Ruston — Grandmother
  • Baroness Elbrig van Asbeck — Grandmother
  • Alexander — Half Brother
  • Andrea Dotti — Ex-husband
  • Joseph Hepburn-Ruston — Father
  • Ella Hepburn-Ruston — Mother
  • Robert Wolders — Significant Other
  • Sean Hepburn Ferrer — Son
  • Baron Aernoud Van Heemstra — Grandfather
  • Luca Dotti — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
  • Birth Place: Brussels, Belgium
  • Birthday: May 4, 1929, Taurus
  • Died: January 20, 1993
  • Profession: Actor
  • User Rating:4.84 out of 5 (219 ratings)
  • Your Rating: