Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn


5/4/1929, Brussels, Belgium



Birth Name

Audrey Kathleen Ruston



Also Known As

Edda Hepburn van Heemstra, Audrey Kathleen Ruston, Audrey Hepburn-Ruston
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Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her father was a wealthy English insurance agent and her mother was a Dutch baroness. In 1934 she was sent to a private boarding school in Elham, Kent, near London. After her parents divorced…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1993, Audrey received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Although Audrey wasn't there and this award was accepted on Audrey's behalf by Julia Roberts.

    • In the movie Funny Face, Audrey's mother appeared as the owner of a cafè on the street.

    • Audrey sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to John F. Kennedy on his last birthday in 1963.

    • In 2003 in the U.S.A. came out a stamp, painted by Michael J. Deas, with Audrey Hepburn's face.

    • In 2000, Jennifer Love Hewitt portrayed Audrey Hepburn in a television movie called The Audrey Hepburn Story,

    • According to Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn's favourite poem was "Amore senza fine ", by Rabindranath Tagore.

    • Audrey begged to get out of Alfred Hitchcock's No Bail for the Judge because she didn't want to perform the graphic rape scene; that's also because of her recent role in The Nun's Story.

    • During the 1940's occupation, one of her half-brothers was deported to a German labor camp. Meanwhile, an uncle and a cousin were executed as enemies of the Third Reich.

    • Audrey Hepburn had a romance with her co-star Ben Gazzara while filming "They All Laughed" in 1981.

    • Her mother was part Jewish.

    • She made her first film, "Nederland in 7 Lessen (Dutch at the Double)", at the age of 19 while living in the Netherlands.

    • In 2006, the Sustainable Style Foundation inaugurated the "Style & Substance Award in Honor of Audrey Hepburn" to recognize high profile individuals that work to improve the quality of life for children around the world. The first award was given to Hepburn posthumously and received by the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.

    • Audrey's film career began in 1948 with her role as an airline stewardess in Nederlands in 7 lessen and ended 41 years later in 1989, with her last role in the movie Always with Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter.

    • In 1948, Audrey appeared in an instructional film called Nederlands in 7 Lessen (Dutch in Seven Lessons).

    • Because she was a distant relative of King George III of England, Audrey was the distant cousin of Princess Diana of Wales, Prince Rainier of Monaco, and actor Humphrey Bogart.

    • From 1939-1945, Audrey attended Arnhem Conservatory.

    • Although, she was the only child her parents had together, Audrey had two half-brothers, Arnoud Robert Alexander 'Alex' Quarles van Ufford and Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford, both born from her mother's first marriage to a Dutch nobleman, Jonkheer Hendrik Gustaaf Adolf Quarles van Ufford.

    • Before having her first child, Audrey had two miscarriages.

    • Audrey got married twice, first to American actor Mel Ferrer, and then to an Italian doctor, Andrea Dotti. She had a son with each.

    • In the early 1950's, she was engaged to James Hanson. After having her wedding dress fitted and the date set, she decided the marriage would not work, because of the demands of their careers that would keep them apart most of the time.

    • Audrey spoke 5 languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish

    • Audrey owned a Yorkshire Terrier that she called "Mr. Famous".

    • Although she was christened, Audrey Kathleen Ruston, her mother Baroness Ella Van Heemstra temporarily changed the her daughter's name from Audrey to Edda during the war, feeling that "Audrey" might indicate her British roots too strongly.

    • Audrey is buried in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland.

    • Audrey was the first choice for the lead female role in the 1961 film A Taste of Honey. However, the role eventually went to Rita Tushingham.

    • Audrey turned down the 1958 film Gigi even though she created the character in Broadway's non musical play.

    • Audrey's father was a wealthy English banker and her mother was a Dutch baroness.

    • Audrey's singing voice is dubbed by Marni Nixon in the 1964 musical film My Fair Lady.

    • In 1988, Audrey became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund helping children in Latin America and Africa.

    • In 1981, Audrey appeared in the film They All Laughed with her son Sean Ferrer.

    • Audrey once confessed to eating tulip bulbs and tried to bake grass into bread during the hardest days of World War II.

    • Audrey was trained as a dental assistant before making it big as an actress.

    • Audrey always felt that she was miscast as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's although it was one of her most popular roles.

    • In 1993, Audrey was posthumously awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards ceremony that year.

    • In 1953, Audrey made her American film debut in the movie Roman Holiday.

    • Audrey said that her biggest film regret was not getting the Anne Bancroft role in the 1977 film The Turning Point.

    • During World War II, a then 16-year-old Audrey was a volunteer nurse in a Dutch hospital.

    • Audrey had size 10 feet and was very self-conscious about them.

    • As of 2005, Audrey is only one of nine performers to win an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy Award.

    • Audrey wanted to be a prima ballerina, but was told she was too tall.

    • Audrey had a breed of tulip named after her in 1990.

  • Quotes

    • Audrey Hepburn: Since I was a child, I've believed in prayer. I have this faith that things somehow work out.

    • Audrey Hepburn: (Talking about Robert Wolders, her love since 1980) Robby has no ego, that's for sure. We love to live the same way - the country life. He's as bananas about our four dogs as I am. We're both Dutch and that's a big bond. It took me a long time to find someone like him, but sometimes it is better late than never. If I'd met him when I was 18, I wouldn't have appreciated him.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Even when I was little, what I wanted most was to have a child.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I definitely do not want to make movies for the sake of making movies or just stay busy in the industry.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist. UNICEF performs realistic miracles every day.

    • Audrey Hepburn: (talking about the importance of UNICEF work) Every child has the right to health, to tenderness, to life.

    • Audrey Hepburn: The last thing you want to be in acting is an introvert, which I am. I've never loved to perform. Oh, I liked it before hand-all the preparation-and I like it afterward, if it went well. But the thing itself is scary!

    • Audrey Hepburn: I am by nature neat, rather particular about my person. I like to look my best, not only for those around me, but for myself. I'm more casual at home than the public might think, but part of being a working movie star is maintaining a glamour and polish that set one apart.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel.

    • Audrey Hepburn (speaking about her first marriage to actor-director Mel Ferrer): Marriage is completion to everything I've ever wanted and hoped for.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I don't think a woman's measurements are what make her sexy. For example, sex alone won't make for a good marriage. It's important to keep excitement in marriage, to have happiness born of the wish to please each other. There would be fewer divorces if there was less emphasis on developing inward pleasures.

    • Audrey Hepburn: People associate me with a time when movies were pleasant, when women wore pretty dresses in films and you heard beautiful music. I always love it when people write me and and say 'I was having a rotten time, and I walked into a cinema and saw one of your movies, and it made such a difference.

    • Audrey Hepburn (talking about her humanitarian role) : I auditioned for this job for forty-five years and I finally got it. I always felt very powerless when I would see the terrible pictures on TV. But I was offered a wonderful opportunity to do something [and it] is a marvelous therapy to the anguish I feel.

    • Audrey Hepburn (on her appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador in 1989): I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.

    • Audrey Hepburn: The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.

    • Audrey Hepburn (about tragedies happened in the world) : I saw one glaring truth: these are not natural disasters but man-made tragedies for which there is only one manmade solution-peace.

    • Audrey Hepburn (about enjoying life): Not to live for the day, that would be materialistic -- but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin -- on the surface -- without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all.

    • Audrey Hepburn:The most important thing is to enjoy life - to be happy - that's all that matters.

    • Audrey Hepburn: When the chips are down, you are alone, and loneliness can be terrifying. Fortunately, I've always had a chum I could call. And I love to be alone. It doesn't bother me one bit. I'm my own company.

    • Audrey Hepburn: There must be something wrong with those people who think Audrey Hepburn doesn't perspire, hiccup or sneeze, because they know that's not true. In fact, I hiccup more than most.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Opportunities don't often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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 the prize at the end.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.

    • Audrey Hepburn: It is too much to hope that I shall keep up my success. I don't ask for that. All I shall do is my best - and hope.

    • Audrey Hepburn: In Holland and Belgium, and afterwards in England, my happiest moments were in the country. I've always had a passion for the outdoors, for trees, for birds and flowers.

    • Audrey Hepburn: If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.

    • Audrey Hepburn (about her future in films): I may not always be offered work, but I'll always have my family.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.

    • Audrey Hepburn: How shall I sum up my life? I think I've been particularly lucky. Does that have something to do with faith also? I know my mother always used to say, 'Good things aren't supposed to just fall in your lap. God is very generous, but he expects you to do your part first.' So you have to make that effort. But at the end of a bad time or a huge effort, I've always had - how shall I say it? - the prize at the end. My whole life shows that.

    • Audrey Hepburn: A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seem to have accomplished far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it happened to me without my ever seeking it.

    • Audrey Hepburn (on enjoying life): Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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.

    • Audrey Hepburn (on beauty): There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.

    • Audrey Hepburn: My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.

    • Audrey Hepburn: You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.

    • Audrey Hepburn: People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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.

    • Audrey Hepburn: For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

    • Audrey Hepburn: My mother is Dutch, my father is Irish and I was born in Belgium, if I was a dog I'd be in a right mess.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Money never made anyone happy in and of itself, but it always gave me a real sense of security, so it enhanced my ability to be happy.

    • Audrey Hepburn (on what clothing means to her): I depend on Givenchy in the same way that American women depend on their psychiatrists.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I think sex is overrated. I don't have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I'm rather funny looking. My teeth are funny, for one thing, and I have none of the attributes usually required for a movie queen, including the shapeliness.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Sex appeal is something you feel deep down inside. I can convey as much fully clothed, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I need a lot of loving, being loved and giving love. Love does not terrify me, but the going-away of it does.

    • Audrey Hepburn: I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.

    • Audrey Hepburn: People associate me with a time when movies were pleasant, when women wore pretty dresses in films and you heard beautiful music. I always love it when people write me and and say 'I was having a rotten time, and I walked into a cinema and saw one of your movies, and it made such a difference.

    • Audrey Hepburn: It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so don't fuss, dear get on with it.

    • Audrey Hepburn: There's a very big division between what's in the public eye and what you feel about yourself. I never saw in myself what other people saw in me.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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.

    • Audrey Hepburn: 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.

    • Audrey Hepburn: My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.

    • Audrey Hepburn (about her constant publicity): If I blow my nose, it gets written all over the world.

    • Audrey Hepburn: Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.

  • An amazing woman.

    Audrey Hepburn was a great woman. She was a good role model for people. She was an amazing actress, and when she would sing, the voice of an angel came out of her mouth. She always put a smile on my face.

    I loved her role as Eliza in My Fair Lady. She made me laugh. One of my favorite parts of the movie was when she sang the famous Wouldn't It Be Loverly. She was amazing, and the lyrics with the melody and music were very catchy.

    I was very upset when I found out she had passed on from Colon Cancer. My girlfriend has cancer, and I don't want her to go like Audrey did. Audrey, rest in peace, and God, take care of her. She will forever be one of the greats.moreless
  • Amazing

    Audrey Hepburn is by far my favorite actress. She was beautiful and talented and pretty much legendary. I loved her in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sabrina. I even enjoy just looking through her pictures. Very amazing actress and model that some of today's new actresses can hardly even compare to.