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Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium.
Her father was a wealthy English banker and her mother was a Dutch baroness. They later divorced and Audrey moved with her mother to London.
The surname Hepburn was given to Audrey by her father, who after finding that some of his ancestors had the name Hepburn, decided to add it to his own, and subsequently, the rest of his family.
Audrey attended ballet school in London and afterwards began a modeling career, before turning her focus to acting.
Her first role was a bit part in the European film, Nederlands in 7 lessen (1948).
After moving to America, she skyrocketed to stardom with her role in Roman Holiday (1953).
In 1954, Audrey married fellow actor Mel Ferrer and had one son, Sean Ferrer. They divorced in 1968 and she was later married to Andrea Dotti from 1969 to 1982. With Dotti, she had another child, son Luca Dotti.
Over her acting career, she received 5 Oscar nominations and one win for Roman Holiday. After her death, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Audrey also won a Tony Award for Best Actress in "Ondine" and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn.
In 1988, she was named a special ambassador for UNICEF, working to help children in Latin America and Africa. She retained this position until 1993.
Audrey passed away on January 20, 1993 in Tolochnaz, Switzerland, from colon cancer.
"I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine."
"I was asked to act when I couldn't act. I was asked to sing Funny Face when I couldn't sing and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance - and do all kinds of things I wasn't prepared for. Then I tried like mad to cope with it."
"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."
"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."
"My own life has been much more than a fairy tale. I've had my share of difficult moments, but whatever difficulties I've gone through, I've always gotten a prize at the end."
"For me, the only things of interest are those linked to the heart."
"I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing."
"I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience."
"My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses."
"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same."