Audrey Hepburn was born May 4, 1929 in the Belgian city of Brussels, a descendant of an aristocratic family from Holland, the Van Haemstra. Her grandfather was a baron very close to the Court. Her father was a banker named Joseph Victor Henry Ruston and his mother a Dutch-born aristocrat. The named which she was baptized, was Edda Kathleen Van Heemstra Hepburn – Ruston.
“Everything I learned I learned from the movies”
She lived in Holland until her parents separated in 1939 and went to live in London. There she began to study dance and drama at Marie Rambert School. In those years, life was quite difficult because of the Second World War approached, and she traveled to Holland and then to England constantly , where she began to work as a model. The war ended with her sad childhood. One of his brothers was brought to aconcentration camp. The other was lost in the attacks of resistance. Her uncle and cousin were shot.
“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true”
Years later, she was dedicated to small roles in several films and working as a showgirl in some theaters. In 1952 the director William Wyler offered avery good comedy, Roman Holiday, with Gregory Peck. From there her life changed: a new movie star was born. She received her first award, the Oscar for Best Actress.
“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it”
From that wonderful period begins shooting without stopping and extend her long career with several unforgettable films as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967), moving into a dramatic role in The Nun’s Story (1959), and turning to comedy in Sabrina (1954). These four films were nominated for an Oscar as best actress. At the end of 50, exactly in 1958, won the best actress award at the festival of San Sebastian and the British Bafta in the same category for The Nun’s Story, and later she repeated this award with the film Charade (1963).
“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all”
In Hollywood, she met a top actor known very well known those times: Mel Ferrer in 1954. They finally married on 25 September of that year and live ten years together. Her son Sean was born July 17, 1960. But Her marriage is dismayed by the loss of her five pregnancies, and Mel’s jealousy to the success of his wife. Finally, in November 1968 they divorce.
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’! “
“Paris is always a good idea”
In January 1969, insists on the idea of marrying again, and this time her partner is an Italian psychiatrist, Andrea Dotti, which son Luca Andrea was born on 8 February 1970. But problems soon come to Audrey, because she had to bear the inevitable conjugal infidelity and this would lead to an inevitable divorce in 1976.
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles”
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”
In 1988, she was named ambassador for UNICEF and its humanitarian solidarity for poor children marked their final days of his life. The trip to Sudan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Vietnam were occupying her very long agenda. Finally she died January 24, 1993.
“If in heaven there are angels, I am convinced that they must have eyes, hands, face and voice of Audrey Hepburn”.
Reads the phrase inscribed on her funeral