Audrey Hepburn: A Remarkable Life
By Rebecca H.
Audrey Hepburn is one of the world’s most successful and recognizable actresses. She is known for her impeccable style and iconic movie performances, such as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and the titular character Sabrina in Sabrina (1954). Even 27 years after her death, Audrey is still an influence to millions of fans across the globe, including me. One of my favorite Audrey quotes is, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”. Through her life story, her movies, and her philanthropic efforts, she taught us to be grateful, be gracious, and most importantly, to be happy.
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She attended school in England, but during the onset of World War I, her family moved to the Netherlands. Throughout the war, Audrey and her mother faced hardships and struggled to survive, yet Audrey still attended school and took ballet lessons. As she grew up, she continued to study ballet in London and Amsterdam and she worked as a dancer and model throughout her twenties.
Roman Holiday (1953) was Audrey Hepburn’s first major American film. She won many accolades for her performance, including the coveted Academy Award for Best Actress. Audrey would go on to star in many critically-acclaimed films, including Sabrina (1954), Charade (1963), Funny Face (1957), and my personal favorite, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). In 1967, Audrey decided she wanted to focus on her family and went into semi-retirement, until she made a career comeback by acting again in 1967.
In 1988, Audrey became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and traveled across the globe to raise awareness for children in need. Audrey Hepburn passed away on January 20, 1993 at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. To this day, Audrey Hepburn’s style and humanitarianism are a major influence to her fans, both old and young, across the world. It is safe to say that Audrey Hepburn lived a very remarkable life.