Posted byat 7th March, 2011
Who was one of the greatest female film and fashion icons of the 20th Century?
Audrey Hepburn, a native of Belgium, enchanted the public with her charm, wit and elegance throughout the number of films she starred in during her 15 year career. Born in 1929, Hepburn grew up in England and the Netherlands, attending boarding school in the former. Hepburn and her mother faced austere times after the Nazis invaded England, stirring Audrey’s interest in the resistance movement. After World War II, Hepburn studied ballet in Amsterdam and London, the latter where she starred in theater productions such as High Button Shoes. It was her performance in the Broadway production, Gigi, that catapulted Hepburn onto Hollywood’s radar screen.
As a result of her performance on Broadway, she landed her subsequent role as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, costarring Gregory Peck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She worked alongside star studded actors such as Cary Grant, in Charade, Rex Harrison, in My Fair Lady, William Holden, in Sabrina, Fred Astaire, in Funny Face, and Gary Cooper, in Love in the Afternoon, to name a few. Up until six years ago, she was one of only nine performers to receive an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy Award.
Hepburn’s film career took a back seat for about a decade to take care of her children and become a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She worked on projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America for which she received a special Academy Award for her humanitarian work in 1993. Hepburn is ranked third on the American Film Institute’s 50 Greatest Screen legends of all time.