Beloved actress and style-icon Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Her childhood was split between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands, some of which spanned the Nazi occupation of Europe during World War II. Hepburn studied ballet in Amsterdam, and then moved to London where she took on small stage roles. Her big break came in 1951 when she starred in the NYC Broadway play Gigi, which introduced her to the American audience and American casting agents as well.
Audrey Hepburn’s big screen debut was opposite Gregory Peck in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Her performance was well received and she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal as Princess Ann.
Audrey Hepburn is best known for playing Holly Golightly in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), but she also earned acclaim for her roles in Sabrina (1954), Funny Face (1957), The Nun’s Story (1959), My Fair Lady (1964), and Wait Until Dark (1967). Hepburn is among a short list of actors and actresses to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award.
During her later years, Audrey spent less time acting and devoted more time to the UNICEF organization, becoming a goodwill ambassador in the 1980s. She devoted the rest of her life to promoting awareness for children in need. Sadly, legendary leading a woman and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn lost her battle with colon cancer on January 20, 1993. The Audrey Hepburn Memorial Fund (now, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund) was established posthumously in 1994 to continue the legacy of her humanitarian work.