A talented elite actress, a fashion icon and a humanitarian champion can all describe the Hollywood legend, Audrey Hepburn. She summed up the depth of her life eloquently when she said, “If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look on all the pleasures, excitement and worthwhileness I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”
10 Things You Don’t Know About Audrey Hepburn
1. As a child Hepburn survived the Dutch Famine of 1944, living off tulip bulbs to make flour. Because of this incredible hardship, she developed anemia.
2. After the World War II, Hepburn aspired to become a prima ballerina. She even earned a prestigious scholarship with Ballet Rambert, however due to the famine, her body appeared “too weak;” according to the famous Rambert, she would never be able to attain the status of prima.
3. All throughout her life, Hepburn considered herself an introvert, in contrast to many of the characters she effectively portrayed.
4. Hepburn launched her humanitarian ambitions in 1988 with a trip to an orphanage, a home to 500 starving children in Ethiopia.
5. In 1954, Hepburn won both a Tony award and an Oscar for Ondine and Roman Holiday respectively.
6. In 1951, Hepburn was given the leading role of Broadway’s Gigi without ever having spoken on a stage before!
7. Hepburn and her family were abandoned by her father in 1935. She described it as the most traumatic event in her life. Regardless of this damaging betrayal, Hepburn financially supported him for her entire adult life.
8. Hepburn actively pleaded for her father to receive visitation rights; devastatingly he never took advantage of this opportunity, further embedding his betrayal as a father.
9. Hepburn’s uncle, along with four others, was executed by the Nazis as a message-warning to Dutch opposition in 1942. Hepburn once said, “We saw young men put against the wall and shot, and they’d close the street and then open it and you could pass by again…Don’t discount anything awful you hear or read about the Nazis. It’s worse than you could ever imagine.”
10. Audrey Hepburn has won Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Academy Awards throughout her magnificent career.