Audrey Hepburn

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

Audrey Hepburn, British actor and humanitarian, 1929-1993


Audrey Hepburn was the embodiment of pure joy and her radiant spirit lives on through her movies and humanitarian legacy. The style icon looked as chic and glamourous in a Givenchy gown in Funny Face as she did in Capris and ballet flats. During her storied career, Hepburn was one of only a few actresses to win an Emmy, Tony, Grammy and an Academy Award. To this day, women show up at Tiffany in New York with boxes of pastries like her character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Hepburn grew up in a wealthy family in Holland, where she practiced ballet and gave recitals. More than just a pretty face, during the Second World War, she acted as a courier delivering papers back and forth to the Resistance, as children were less likely to be caught by the Nazis, despite the fact that her parents were members of a Fascist organization. Hollywood loved this story, and around 1953s launch of Roman Holiday, her first major motion picture, would publicise it. She won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Known as an avid gardener, she has both a rose and a white tulip named for her, which she said was the most romantic thing that has ever happened to her. Her performance as the poor cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle who is transformed in My Fair Lady, made it the top grossing film of 1964. She won an Emmy for hosting the PBS series, Audrey Hepburn’s Gardens of the World. In 1989 she was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and spent the later part of her life devoted to helping the world’s most vulnerable children.

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