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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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Dear readers,

I must admit that I am quite a fan of old movies / old actors(actresses). One of my favorites is The Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn :)

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian.

Recognized as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She has since been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War.

In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn played the Academy Award-winning lead role in Roman Holiday (1953). Later performing in successful films like Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), Hepburn received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and accrued a Tony Award for her theatrical performance in the 1954 Broadway play Ondine.

 Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. Hepburn was the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance: Roman Holiday in 1954.


She appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the organization since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in late 1992. A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland in early 1993 at the age of 63...

The Top 5 Rumors, Misconceptions and Otherwise Falsities about Audrey Hepburn:

This article has been taken from the awesome tumblr site "Audrey Hepburn Facts" :)

1.        Audrey Hepburn had an eating disorder
Status: FALSE

Audrey Hepburn never had an eating disorder. Her thin frame is a result of spending her developing years in war-torn Holland during World War II. In the last winter of the War, when Audrey was 16, all food was cut off and citizens survived on grass, tulips, and anything else they could bake into food. Coupled with this starvation was Audrey’s training as a ballerina. Notoriously strict when it comes to food, Audrey ate foods to help build her strength. The thin frame stuck for most of her life, except during pregnancies, because the effects of WWII on Audrey’s body left her with quick metabolism and a constant struggle to keep on weight.

For anyone who believes this, or spreads it on the internet, think of it this way: would you want someone to spread rumours about your eating habits?

2.       Audrey Hepburn was born Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston
Status: FALSE
Audrey Hepburn was indeed born Audrey Kathleen Ruston. Hepburn was added later, before WWII out, by Audrey’s father, who found it in the family tree (the Hepburn line had died out), thought it sounded posh, and added it to his surname. Because of the laws back then, Hepburn was automatically added to Audrey’s name too. As for ‘van Heemstra,’ it was Audrey’s mother’s surname.

When WWII broke out, fearing that Audrey could be in danger for having an English-sounding name, Audrey’s mother, Ella, changed Audrey’s identifications to read ‘Edda van Heemstra’, coming up with Edda by reimagining her own first name. During this time, Audrey was forbidden from speaking English, and went by Edda.

3.       Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn were sisters (related; mother and daughter; aunt and niece; etc.)
Status: FALSE

Though they share first-rate acting skills, stunning beauty, birthdays in May, and important places in the pantheon of film history, the similarities end there for Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn. A common misconception that these actresses are somehow related has persisted ever since Audrey came to prominence in the ‘50s. Katharine was the daughter of blue-blooded Americans; Audrey was the daughter of Dutch nobility. Their family lines do not intersect.

The two became pen pals in the ‘60s, after My Fair Lady was released; and Katharine famously wrote to Audrey after she failed to receive an Oscar nod for her role as Eliza Doolittle.

And though they’re not related, they’re the only Best Actress winners to share a last name, even though Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine have each won Best Actress and they’re blood sisters (‘Fontaine’ is a stage name, but that’s a story for another day…).

4.      Audrey Hepburn leapt from her seat and announced, “Over my dead body!” when studio executives planned to cut ‘Moon River’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’sStatus: Unknown

There are biographies that state this happened; and there are biographies that state Audrey wasn’t even in the room when ‘Moon River’ was brought up. In a case of studio spin and public relations, it’s hard to say if we’ll ever fully know what happened with the whole debacle; but one thing’s for sure: ‘Moon River’ has become one of the most beloved movie songs of all time, and Audrey’s version is lauded by the song’s composer, Henry Mancini, as being the best out of all the different versions. 

5.       Audrey Hepburn married Robbie WoldersStatus: FALSE
Although they loved each other very much, Audrey and Robbie were never married. They maintained a close relationship and partnership from the ’80s until Audrey’s death, and Robbie continues to work on Audrey’s behalf. Robbie was once quoted as saying he wouldn’t put Audrey through another marriage; and Audrey often said they were married — just not legally.

 Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did by browsing in my Audrey related articles and pictures :) Please do watch her at least in "My Fair Lady", "Sabrina" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" :)

**I didn't receive anything for this review, just wanted to share the love!** 

Yours truly,
From the love of Audrey, The LadyBug :)