The Life Of Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn was born on the 4th of May, 1929 in Belgium. She was advantaged from the start by her dad a rich British financier and her mum, a Dutch countess. Subsequent to her mum and dad's break up Audrey moved to The UK with her mum where she joined a private girl's school. Soon after, when her mum went to Holland, she joined private schools too. Whilst travelling with her mum in Arnhem, The Netherlands, Adolf Hitler's soldiers had assumed command of the city. It was at this juncture that she lived through hell in the course of the Fascist occupation. She purportedly served the 'freedom fighters' by relaying letters, reported by an expose in The New York Times.

Subsequent to the emancipation, she was taught ballet in The Netherlands and later on in the United Kingdom. In 1948, she made her theatre debut in the role of a chorus girl in the production High Button Shoes in London. As a young girl of 22, she visited The Big Apple for the starring role in the Broadway musical of Gigi, in the weeks following the production's opening stories emerged that confirmed that she was being courted by the American film industry. It appeared Audrey had discovered her forte in life and unsurprisingly the big screen companies noticed her, and after being noticed as a model by a Dutch movie producer she made her big-screen debut in a minor role in the motion picture Dutch in Seven Lessons in 1948.

Just a few years after, in 1953, Audrey made her name in the film Roman Holiday and she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work. Roman Holiday was followed by another similarly superb performance in Sabrina Fair, in 1954, earning her one more Academy nomination, and the 1957 film Funny Face, also earned critical acclaim. She reached the peak of her career when she portrayed Holly Golightly in the iconic production Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961. For this she received another nomination.

Considered amongst Audrey's most joyful roles was in the great film My Fair Lady in 1964 and by then she had secured her position as a key figure amongst the world's most admired actresses. She was inaugurated in People's magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world and was recognized in Empire magazine's top 100 movie stars of all time. Her last production was Always in 1989. Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Tolochnaz, Switzerland, from appendicular cancer. She had recorded a total of 31 excellent movies. Her stylishness and talent will always be respected in film history and honoured by Audrey Hepburn canvas prints and posters that remain fashionable to today.

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