Audrey Hepburn: Young, Old, And Living Life To The Fullest In Photos

By | May 3, 2020

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circa 1957: Headshot of Belgian-born actor Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993), wearing a strapless dress, holding her white-gloved hands near to her face. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Best known for her performances in Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina, (1954), and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Audrey Hepburn is an icon of cinema and style. Throughout her life she was cool, with not a hair out of place. But Hepburn’s life was more than just wearing fashionable sunglasses and tossing off witty lines -- she was a humanitarian, a ballet dancer, and a survivor of German occupation in World War II. Hepburn came from money, but she experienced hardships both economic and personal that gave her a unique look at the world, one that she used to help people after giving up her film career.

Hepburn’s Father Abandoned His Family

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source: National Portrait Gallery London

Audrey Hepburn has always been one of the most recognizable English faces in the cinema, but she was born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929. Her mother, a Dutch noblewoman and her father was an Honorary British Consul in Semarang in the Dutch East Indies. Hepburn’s young life was a sheltered one until her father abruptly left the family and fled to London where he threw himself into the British Fascist movement. Hepburn went without real contact with her father until the 1960s when she sought him out to try and salvage a relationship. She referred to his leaving the family as the most traumatic experience in her life.