Audrey Hepburn

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Biography Audrey Hepburn

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The American actress Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn), born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (Audrey Kathleen Ruston), was born May 4, 1929 in Brussels (Belgium).

She was the only child of banker John Victor Ruston and the Dutch Baroness Ella aristocrat Van Heemstra, in the genus of which were French nobles and the English monarchs, among whom was King Edward III. John Ruston later added the name Hepburn to his surname and the name of his daughter, Audrey Hepburn-Ruston began.

In 1935, Audrey Hepburn’s parents divorced. After the divorce, Audrey Hepburn lived with her mother in the Netherlands, where she spent his school years in Nazi-occupied Arnhem.

In the years 1945-1948 Audrey studied at the ballet studio Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam.

In 1948, she moved to London, where he took lessons from the famous ballet teacher Marie Rambert.

Audrey Hepburn’s acting career began in 1948 with the educational documentary “Dutch in Seven Lessons”(Nederlands in 7 Lessen), where she got the role of flight attendants. Then begins the actress played in the musical theater production of”Spicy Sauce”(Sauce Piquante). In the early 1950s, she starred in the Broadway production of”Gigi”, and in 1954 – the title role in the Broadway musical “Ondine,”for which she was awarded the prize”Tony”.

The first feature film to Audrey became a British film, “The seed of the wild oats”(1951, One Wild Oat), in which she played a girl-receptionist at the hotel. At the beginning of his film career, she has also played a few bit parts in the films”Laughter in Paradise”(Laughter in Paradise),”Banda from Lavender Hill”(Lavender Hill Mob) and”History of the young wives” (Young Wives’ Tale).

The first notable film role – actress ballet Hepburn played in the 1952 movie “The Secret People” (Secret People).

In 1953, director William Wyler Audrey Hepburn offered the lead role of Princess Anne in the Hollywood movie “Roman Holiday”(Roman Holiday), where her partner was a famous American actor Gregory Peck. The movie”Roman Holiday”in 1954 became a sensation on two continents, and soon she Hepburn became the owner of the award”Oscar” for best actress.

Once “Roman Holiday,”Hepburn starred in the melodrama directed by Billy Wilder’s”Sabrina” (Sabrina), where she played together with famous actors Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

In 1956, the actress starred Natasha in the film “War and Peace”(War and Peace) on the novel by Leo Tolstoy. In 1957, Audrey Hepburn took part in two projects – in the film”Love in the Afternoon”(Love in the Afternoon), and in the film”Funny Face”(Funny Face). For the title role in the film”The Nun’s Story” (1959) Audrey Hepburn was awarded the BAFTA British Academy and the prize of the festival in San Sebastian.

The actress also starred in leading roles in the films “Green palaces”(Green Mansions, 1959),”Unforgiven”(Unforgiven, 1960) and”The Children’s Hour” (Children’s Hour, 1961).

The role of Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn in the romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), released in 1961, became one of the most iconic in American cinema of the XX century.

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A scene from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

In 1963, the actress starred with Cary Grant in a detective “Charade” (Charade).

In 1964, the screens out the musical picture of “My Fair Lady” (My Fair Lady), where Audrey Hepburn played in a duet with Rex Harrison.

In 1966, together with the famous American actor Peter O’Toole, she played in the movie “How to Steal a Million” (How to Steal a Million).

In 1967, he screens out a melodrama directed by Stanley Donen “Two in the way” (Two for the Road), where Audrey Hepburn starred Joanna Wallace.

Once filming the thriller Terence Young “Wait Until Dark” (Wait Until Dark, 1967) actress disappeared from the screens of almost ten years.

She returned to the cinema in 1976, playing the lead female role in the British film “Robin and Marian” (Robin and Marian), where a partner Audrey was Sean Connery.

In 1979, she played the role in the adaptation of Sidney Sheldon thriller “Blood Ties”(Bloodline). In 1981, he screens out the romantic comedy”All of them laughed” (They All Laughed), where she played a major role.

The last was a small role as an actress in the role of Angela Steven Spielberg’s “Always” (1989, Always).

Since the mid-1950s Audrey Hepburn was recognized as a trendsetter: her appearance in the style gamine and widely recognized sense of chic were a lot of fans and imitators. Since 1953, the year after the opening of the fashion house Givenchy, Audrey Hepburn became the muse of the famous fashion designer. For Hepburn Givenchy created the costumes for movies like “Funny Face,””Sabrina,””Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and for privacy. The actress spent the first fragrance designer of the fashion house – perfume L’Interdit, released in 1957.

In 1988, Audrey Hepburn became a Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Fund UNICEF United Nations. With the mission of the fund for five years, she visited more than 20 countries, helping disadvantaged children and their families who find themselves in the territory of natural and manmade disasters.

During the trip to Somalia in September 1992, Audrey Hepburn felt bad. Only after his return from Africa, Audrey went to the doctor, who stated gastric cancer.

January 20, 1993 Audrey Hepburn died in the Swiss town tolochenaz surrounded by loved ones.

The actress has won many film awards. She was awarded the “Oscar”(1954), BAFTA (1954, 1960, 1965),”Golden Globe” (1954, 1955, 1990), and others. In 1960, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star appeared it.

In 1992, for the work of UNICEF, US President Medal of Freedom awarded actress.

At the ceremony, “Oscar”in 1993 Audrey Hepburn was posthumously awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In the same year she was posthumously was awarded the”Grammy”and”Emmy”.

In 1999, the American Film Institute placed Audrey Hepburn in third place in the list of the greatest actresses of American cinema.

The actress has been married twice, both marriages ended in divorce. Her first husband was an American actor, film director and producer Mel Ferrer, second husband – Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti. Audrey Hepburn was the mother of two sons – Sean Hepburn Ferrer, (1960) and Luca Dotti (1970).

In 1994, her sons was created Children’s Fund named after Audrey Hepburn, who continued the work of the actress as ambassador of UNICEF, helping disadvantaged children.

The material is based on information RIA Novosti and open source

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