Audrey Hepburn - Early Years
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An illustration of Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) from early in her career.
Fragile and radiant, projecting both childlike and feminine qualities, she was an ideal heroine in the Broadway play"Gigi," her first professional role. Her success in the play led to a starring part opposite Gregory Peck in the film "Roman Holiday," for which she won an Academy Award. She would later be nominated for Oscars for "Sabrina," "The Nun's Story," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and "Wait Until Dark." She won the Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play “Ondine.” Later in 1954 she married Mel Ferrer, her co-star in the play. They also co-starred in King Vidor's "War and Peace."
In her youth, she spent the war years in the Nazi-occupied Holland, attending a local public school and receiving ballet training. After the war she went to London on a ballet scholarship. Graceful, slender, and long-legged, she soon began winning modeling assignments from fashion photographers. In the early 50s she began playing bit parts in British movies, and in 1951 she played the lead in the forthcoming Broadway adaptation of her "Gigi."
Among the film highlights of her career were "Funny Face," "Love in the Afternoon," "The Nun's Story," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Charade," and "My Fair Lady."
She was named a Special Ambassador for UNICEF and devoted much of her free time to charity. She returned to the screen in 1976 after a nine-year absence as Maid Marian in "Robin and Marian," but her subsequent film appearances were few and far between. Her death from cancer was mourned internationally as the loss of one of the favorite film actresses of all time, an icon to style, elegance, dignity, and charity.
December 18th, 2020
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