Audrey Kathleen Ruston
Audrey Hepburn, Edda van Heemstra
Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929.
Hepburn died at the age of 63 on January 20, 1993, in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland due to appendiceal cancer.
Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
In 1939, Audrey Hepburn got enrolled at the Arnhem Conservatory and studied there till 1945.
She took ballet lessons from Winja Marova in Arnhem. After her family moved to Amsterdam, she started taking ballet lessons from leading Dutch ballet dancer, Sonia Gaskell, and Russian Olga Tarassova. She also got a scholarship to study at
She also got a scholarship to study at Ballet Rambert in London.
Actress and humanitarian
- Father – Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston (Former Honorary British Consul in Dutch East Indies for brief period of time)
- Mother – Ella van Heemstra (Dutch Baroness)
- Siblings – Robert Alexander Quarles van Ufford (Older Maternal Half-Brother), Jonkheer Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford (Older Maternal Half-Brother)
- Others – Victor John George Ruston (Paternal Grandfather), Anna Wells (Paternal Grandmother), Baron Aarnoud van Heemstra (Maternal Grandfather) (Former Mayor of Arnhem and Governor of Dutch Suriname), Elbrig Willemine Henriette (Baroness van Asbeck)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Audrey Hepburn has dated –
- Michael Butler – Hepburn was reported to have dated American theatrical producer Michael Butler in the early 1950’s. It is also rumored that he was influential in her accepting role in New York production of the play, Ondine.
- James Hanson (1952-1953) – Hepburn got engaged to industrialist James Hanson in 1952. They had been dating for quite some time and they had known each other since her early days in London. It was love at first sight for her. However, after she had got wedding dress fitted and date had been decided, she realized marriage wasn’t the right idea as they would have to spend a lot of time apart due to their work commitments, which will make it difficult for them to make their marriage work.
- William Holden (1953) – Audrey and actor William Holden’s secret affair started in 1953 after they had got smitten while working in the movie, Sabrina. They had fallen madly in love in just a couple of months and William was even prepared to leave his wife and children for Audrey. However, their relationship came to a heartbreaking end after she found out that he had undergone a vasectomy.
- Mel Ferrer (1954-1968) – Audrey first met actor Mel Ferrer at the cocktail party hosted by their mutual friend, Gregory Peck. Mel was impressed by her work and wanted her to work with him in the play, Ondine. It was while working in this play that their relationship blossomed. In September 1954, they got married in Switzerland. In March 1955, she suffered her first miscarriage. In 1959, she had to endure another tragic miscarriage after she fell off the horse while shooting a scene for the movie, The Forgiven. During her third pregnancy, she took time off to ensure safe delivery. In July 1960, she gave birth to a son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer. She then suffered two more miscarriages in 1965 and 1967. In 1968, their fourteen-year-old marriage came to an end. Towards the end, there were rumors of trouble in their relationship as it was reported he had a short temper and they both had affairs.
- Peter O’Toole (1966) – Audrey had an affair with English-Irish actor Peter O’Toole while shooting for the comedy How to Steal a Million in Paris. He had visited her suite at the Ritz for three nights in a row. Towards the end of their affair, there was some drama as she got pregnant and it was rumored that she was carrying O’Toole’s child.
- Albert Finney (1967) – Audrey was RUMORed to be going out with actor Albert Finney after their affair had started on the sets of the movie, Two for the Road. The movie director claimed that she was a new woman with him and they were like a young couple on the sets of the movie.
- Andrea Dotti (1968-1982) – Hepburn met Italian psychiatrist, Andrea Dotti on a cruise in June 1968. Their relationship bloomed in the Greek ruins. In January 1969, they got married. In February 1970, she gave birth to a son, Luca Dotti. She wanted to have another child, however, she suffered another miscarriage in 1975. In 1979, they decided to go separate ways. However, it took three more years for them to get an official divorce.
- Ben Gazzara (1978) – Audrey had a passionate affair with actor Ben Gazzara in 1978. She had grown affectionate of him while shooting for the movie, Bloodline. Although they loved each other, they failed to make their relationship last due to their different living conditions. While Audrey mostly lived in Europe, Ben’s base was in Los Angeles.
- Robert Wolders (1980-1993) – Hepburn started dating Dutch actor Robert Wolders in 1980. They had met through a mutual friend in the last years of her marriage to Andrea Dotti. In 1989 interview, she claimed that the time she had spent with Wolders were the happiest days of her life. They were in a live-in relationship and were together when she passed away in 1993.
Race / Ethnicity
On her father’s side, she is of British and Austrian origin. Whereas, on her mother’s side, she has Dutch ancestry.
- Elegant personality
- Thick and slanting eyebrows
33-24-34 in or 84-61-86 cm
0 (US) or 32 (EU)
10.5 (US) or 41 (EU)
In 1971, she was featured in TV commercials for the Japanese brand, Varie Wigs.
She was also featured in the print adverts for Givenchy Perfume in the 1960s. She was again resurrected in 2002 for Givenchy posters and print adverts.
In 2002, a Japanese drink company used her CGI creation for the TV commercial.
Her CGI creation and old archive footage was used by Dove Chocolate Bars in their TV adverts.
Her dance footage from the movie, Funny Face, was used in the TV advert for a clothing brand, Gap.
Best Known For
- Being one of the most popular film and fashion icons.
- Having starred in critically acclaimed and evergreen movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and My Fair Lady (1964).
In 1948, she made her film debut in a minor role as Stewardess in Dutch movie, Dutch in Seven Lessons.
First TV Show
In 1950, Audrey appeared in 3 episodes of the BBC series Saturday Night Revue.
Audrey’s training in ballet helped her gain her famous lithe figure. However, like many other beauty icons of her times, she wasn’t much interested in exercise routines.
Her preferred physical activity was walking. In fact, she loved walking so much that she used to find reasons to head out for one.
When it came to diet, she tried to keep things simple. She used to eat breakfast every day, even if it was her monthly detox day, on which she only used to eat grated apple and yogurt. Also, she focused on eating fresh vegetables and fruits. However, she didn’t mind indulging in her favorite foods just for the sake of dieting.
Audrey Hepburn Favorite Things
- Meal – Smoked salmon and baked potatoes
- Indulgence – Chocolate and chocolate cake with whipped cream
Source – Daily Mail UK
Audrey Hepburn Facts
- At the end of German occupation, she was 16 years old and suffered from severe malnutrition, weighing just 88 pounds. She was also suffering from acute anemia, jaundice, asthma, and edema.
- In 1995, the Empire Magazine placed her on #8 on the list of “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History”.
- In 1997, the British edition of the Empire Magazine had her at the 50th spot in the list of “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time”.
- Audrey holds the distinction of being the first actress to have won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for a single performance. She achieved this distinction for her work in Roman Holiday.
- In 1989, she was made a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She revealed that it was her opportunity to express gratitude for the aid received from the international organization while she was under the German occupation.
- In December 1992, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the US President George H. W. Bush for her work with UNICEF.
- She was considered for the role of Cleopatra in the biopic movie, which was released in 1963. The role ultimately went to Elizabeth Taylor.
- She was offered the lead role in 1959 movie, The Diary of Anne Frank. However, she turned down the role as it would have brought back painful memories from her childhood and teens, spent under German occupation.
- The 16-year-old Hepburn worked as a volunteer nurse during the Battle of Arnhem. One of the allied soldiers, she nursed back to health was Terence Young, who would direct her in 1967 movie, Wait until Dark.
- The Entertainment Weekly placed her on #21 in the “21 Greatest Movie Stars of All-Time” list. Also, she was featured on #18 in the Premiere Magazine’s list of “Greatest Movie Star of All-Time”.
- She was the preferred choice for the role of Chris MacNeil (later played by Ellen Burstyn) in The Exorcist. However, she had told the movie producers that she would only work in the movie if it was shot in Rome as she wanted to be close to her sons. Her condition was rejected.
- To honor her as an acting legend and for her humanitarian work, the US Postal Service released a 37 cent commemorative stamp in 2003.
- She was a chain smoker and used to smoke more than 3 packs in a day.
- She had a serious hydrophobia, which made it difficult to shoot some of the scenes in Two for the Road. The director had to place divers in the pool to convince her to shoot.
- She wasn’t on social media.