AUDREY HEPBURN: WHAT TO REMEMBER

Famous for her performances in iconic films and for her innocent charm and beauty, Audrey Hepburn is to be known for much more.
  1. She was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Belgium.
  2. She lived in Arnhem, Holland, during the war.
  3. Hepburn was a help to The Resistance throughout the duration of the Second World War, even though her parents were Nazi sympathizers.
    During WW2 the Nazis had invaded Holland even though the country pledged to stay neutral. Millions of people, including Hepburn nearly starved because of the food supplies that had been cut off by the Nazis.
  4. It is said that she would draw pictures of stories to help cope and be distracted from the chronic hunger pains she indured throughout the Second World War.
  5. Though the traumatic experiences, Audrey continued to help the Resistance.
    Hepburn helped out by performing ballet and donating the money from her recitals to the Resistance, these were called "black performances" as the audience would not applaud in order to discrete themselves from the German soldiers. To add, at times, like many Dutch children, she would act as a courier and deliver money and paper to resistance workers.
  6. Audrey became a volunteer nurse during the Second World War.
    At 16 years old, Audrey volunteered as a nurse and healed wounded Allied soldiers during the battle of Arnhem. One of the soldiers Audrey healed was Terence Young, who 20 years later would direct Hepburn in Wait Until Dark.
  7. Audrey was helped by the UNRA after the war, now known as UNICEF.
  8. Before becoming the actress we all know, she first was trained as a dental assistant.
  9. "I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine"- Audrey Hepburn
  10. Throughout the entirety of Audrey's life, she could never believe what others saw, in terms of her beauty.
    "She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.’" As said by her son, Luca Dotti.
  11. Funny thing to say for a woman who has been voted as the most beautiful woman of the last 100 years.
  12. She became one of the most photographed actresses of all time.
  13. Audrey Hepburn is an EGOT
    EGOT is the term used to describe the rare individuals who have won an Oscar, Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony Award. Hepburn is amongst one of the 14 who have won this title.
  14. Though we famously know Audrey for her performance in Breakfast At Tiffany's she never felt fit for the role, as it was originally given to Marilyn Monroe.
  15. The role of Holly Golightly had to be altered in many ways to be fitting for Audrey. Even though Truman Capote was hesitant and negligent about the changes, the film became an Icon.
  16. Audrey popularized the little black dress (LBD) and made it famous.
  17. She lived with a deer named Ip, short for Pipin.
  18. She also had a dog, named "Famous"
  19. Hubert De Givenchy specifically made the perfume "L'interdit" for Audrey's personal use. Givenchy also designed most of her clothes.
  20. They remained lifelong friends.
  21. Audrey visited a school for the blind to learn more about the visually impaired.
  22. Throughout Audrey Hepburn's career she became a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador. She took the salary of 1$ a year as an ambassador because she didn't want anything more.
  23. She donated all the salaries she earned of her final projects to Unicef.
  24. Hepburn had a breed of Tulips named after her in 1990.
    During the Second World War, like millions, Hepburn nearly starved and had to resort to eating tulip bulbs to survive. As stated by The Netherlands Flower Information Society, the white tulip was named Hepburn in honour of "the actress's career and her longtime work on behalf of UNICEF.
  25. She always felt that everything would be all right at the end.
  26. She died of appendix cancer at age 63 in 1993.