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Audrey Hepburn Biography

Birth Name:
Audrey Kathleen Ruston
Birth Place:
Brussels, Belgium
Profession
Actor

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

  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational: winner
  • 1968Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1968Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1967Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1965BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: winner
  • 1965Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1964Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1962Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1961Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1960Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1959Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1959New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1958Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1958Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 1955BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 1954Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1954Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1954BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: winner
  • 1953Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1953New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner

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