May 4, 1929
Audrey Kathleen Ruston1
January 20, 1993
Audrey was the daughter of an English banker2 and a Dutch baroness. In London she began winning modeling assignments and playing bit parts in British movies. Audrey was discovered by French writer Colette, who gave her the lead in Gigi on Broadway (1951). This success led to a starring part opposite Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953).
In 1954 Hepburn married Mel Ferrer her co-star in War and peace (1956). Ferrer later directed her in Green mansions (1959). They divorced in 1968.
By the 1960s, Hepburn had outgrown her ingenue image and began playing more sophisticated and worldly characters in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Charade (1963). For My Fair Lady (1964) Audrey had to play a Cockney flower, but many viewers had trouble accepting Hepburn in a role they felt belonged to Julie Andrews, who had created the part on stage.
During the seventies and eighties she returned to the screen only five times. Her best film in that period was Robin and Marian (1976), with Sean Connery.
She became a special ambassador for UNICEF3 until her death in 1993.
1993 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
1968 Nominated Best Actress for: Wait Until Dark (1967)
1962 Nominated Leading Role for: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
1960 Nominated Leading Role for: The Nun's Story (1959)
1955 Nominated Leading Role for: Sabrina (1954)
1954 Won Oscar Leading Role for: Roman Holiday (1953)
- Roman holiday (1953)
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
- Charade (1963)
- My fair lady (1964)
- Wait until dark (1967)
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