Audrey Hepburn

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Age: 85
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium

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Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Although modest about her acting ability, Hepburn remains one of the world's most famous actresses of all time, remembered as a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century. Redefining glamour with "elfin" features and a waif-like figure that inspired designs by Hubert de Givenchy, she was inducted in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame, and ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema.

Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War. In Arnhem, she studied ballet before moving to London in 1948 where she continued to train in ballet while working as a photographer's model. Upon deciding to pursue a career in acting, she performed as a chorus girl in various West End musical theatre productions. After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn gained instant Hollywood stardom for playing the Academy Award-winning lead female role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age who received nominations for Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs as well as winning a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine. Hepburn remains one of few entertainers who have won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.

Devoting much of her later life to UNICEF, Hepburn's war-time struggles inspired her passion for humanitarian work and, although Hepburn had contributed to the organisation since the 1950s, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia in the late eighties and early nineties. In 1992, Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

At the age of 63, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland.
 
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Movie Character Year
Konkuljrromzc1iewxpntqmnb4e Roman Holiday Princess Ann 1953
1ieh4aarycphixvw0rbukcleiqz Sabrina Sabrina Fairchild 1954
5veltlncbmw94o6m5t5rxqusmlx War and Peace Natasha Rostova 1956
6vqtoh6cnkbppfcm0or7dsiqvjj Funny Face Jo Stockton 1957
Tzzzzy9kh6e0iddcpgmixhcyt51 Love in the Afternoon Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl 1957
5lewwca85puyadirpvvn4zsybtp The Nun's Story Sister Luke 1959
Am8jedxijz7c5o6h91vxhfnqzhs The Unforgiven Rachel Zachary 1960
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7iq8lbaytjszgdrxofvh7ylyif5 Charade Regina Lampert 1963
Skeylxqwa15rflab54tpbi2ejuy My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle 1964
Xxskhzl7dblj1xrjbosna5k1j4y How to Steal a Million Nicole Bonnet 1966
Jjac8aixodscss0htydttijfy16 Two for the Road Joanna Wallace 1967
20weaq6ylvqkycyr1slwzrpda0q Wait Until Dark Susy Hendrix 1967
C5o8jv2pkbplrgj64rfjbohejgd Robin and Marian Lady Marian 1976
U9tdywis6dgtuwlkulwccd4pxhw Bloodline Elizabeth Roffe 1979
Bdimkntxyjlbj03woeopruayo2g They All Laughed Angela Niotes 1981
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