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HEPBURN, Audrey



Nationality: British. Born: Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston in Brussels, Belgium, 4 May 1929, to a British father and Dutch mother. Education: Studied ballet at Arnhem Conservatory of Music, Amsterdam, and in Marie Rambert's ballet school, London. Family: Married 1) the actor Mel Ferrer, 1954 (divorced 1968), son: Sean; 2) Andrea Dotti, 1969 (divorced), son Luca. Career: 1949—stage debut in chorus of High Button Shoes, London; studied acting with Felix Aylmer; 1951—film debut in Britain in small parts in several films; chosen by Colette to play title role in Broadway production of Gigi; 1953—American film debut in Roman Holiday; 1954—on Broadway stage in title role of Ondine; 1976—returned to films after long absence, in Robin and Marian; 1988—Special Ambassador for UNICEF. Awards: Best Actress Academy Award, Best Actress, New York Film Critics, and Best British Actress, British Academy, for Roman Holiday, 1953; Best British Actress, British Academy, for The Nun's Story, 1959; Best British Actress, British Academy, for Charade, 1964; Commander, Order of Arts and Letters, France, 1987; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 1993. Died: Of cancer, in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, 20 January 1993.


Films as Actress:


(as Edda Hepburn)

1948

Nederland in 7 Lessen (Dutch at the Double) (Linden and Josephson)


(as Audrey Hepburn)

1951

One Wild Oat (Saunders) (as extra); Laughter in Paradise (Zampi) (as cigarette girl); Young Wives' Tale (Cass) (as Eve Lester); The Lavender Hill Mob (Charles Crichton) (as Chiquita); Nous irons à Monte Carlo (Jean Boyer) (as Melissa Walter); Monte Carlo Baby (Jean Boyer and Fuller) (English version of Nous irons à Monte Carlo) (as Linda Farrel); Secret People (Dickinson) (as Nora Brent)

1953

Introducing Audrey Hepburn (Dickinson—short); Roman Holiday (Wyler) (as Princess Anne)

1954

Sabrina (Sabrina Fair) (Wilder) (title role)

1956

War and Peace (King Vidor) (as Natasha Rostov)

1957

Funny Face (Donen) (as Jo Stockton); Love in the Afternoon (Wilder) (as Ariane Chevasse); Mayerling (Anatole Litvak—for TV)

1959

The Nun's Story (Zinnemann) (as Sister Luke); Green Mansions (Ferrer) (as Rima); The Unforgiven (Huston) (as Rachel Zachary)

1961

Breakfast at Tiffany's (Edwards) (as Holly Golightly); The Children's Hour (The Loudest Whisper) (Wyler) (as Karen Wright)

1963

Charade (Donen) (as Reggie Lambert)

1964

Paris When It Sizzles (Quine) (as Gabrielle Simpson); My Fair Lady (Cukor) (as Eliza Doolittle)

1966

How to Steal a Million (Wyler) (as Nicole Bonnet); Two for the Road (Donen) (as Joanna Wallace)

1967

Wait until Dark (Terence Young) (as Susy Hendrix)

1976

Robin and Marian (Lester) (as Marian)

1979

Bloodline (Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline) (Terence Young) (as Elizabeth Roffe)

1981

They All Laughed (Bogdanovich) (as Angela Niotes)

1986

Directed by William Wyler (Slesin—doc) (as herself)

1987

Love among Thieves (Roger Young—for TV) (as Baroness Caroline DuLac)

1989

Always (Spielberg) (as Hap)

1990

A Chance to Live (Barnes—for TV) (as presenter)



Publications


By HEPBURN: article—

Interview in Photoplay (London), August 1982.

On HEPBURN: books—

Higham, Charles, Audrey: A Biography of Audrey Hepburn, London, 1984.

Latham, Caroline, Audrey Hepburn, London, 1984.

Woodward, Ian, Audrey Hepburn, London, 1984.

Stresau, Norbert, Audrey Hepburn: ihre Filme, ihr Leben, Munich 1985.

Maychick, Diana, Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1993.

Harris, Warren G., Audrey Hepburn: A Biography, New York, 1994.

Hofstede, David, Audrey Hepburn: A Bio-Bibliography, Westport, Connecticut, 1994.

Karney, Robyn, A Star Danced: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, New York, 1995.

Vermilye, Jerry, The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1995.

Walker, Alexander, Audrey: Her Real Story, New York, 1995.

Paris, Barry, Audrey Hepburn, 1996.

Krenz, Carol, Audrey: A Life in Pictures, New York, 1997.

Byczynski, Stuart J., Audrey Hepburn: A Secret Life, Lawrenceville, 1998.

Hepburn Ferrer, Sean, Audrey: A Son Remembers, New York, 1999.

Keogh, Pamela Clarke, Audrey Style: The Subtle Art of Elegance, New York, 1999.


On HEPBURN: articles—

Current Biography 1954, New York, 1954.

Viotti, S., "Britain's Hepburn," in Films and Filming (London), November 1954.

Simon, Brett, "Audrey Hepburn," in Films and Filming (London), March 1964.

Braun, E., "The Hepburn Quality Revisited," in Films (London), August 1981.

Thompson, F., "Audrey Hepburn," in American Film (Hollywood), May 1990.

Obituary in New York Times, 21 January 1993.

Wilson, Elizabeth, "Audrey Hepburn: Fashion, Film and the 50s," in Screen (London), March 1993.

Corliss, Richard, "Serene Majesty," obituary in Film Comment (New York), March/April 1993.

Collins, Amy Fine, "When Hubert Met Audrey," in Vanity Fair (New York), December 1995.

O'Neill, Eithne, "Dans les boutiques du ciel: Audrey Hepburn et son costumier Hubert de Givenchy," in Positif (Paris), July-August 1996.


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When Audrey Hepburn died in 1993 at the age of 63, the world mourned a film star who on-screen and off embodied grace, elegance, and strength. At the pinnacle of her screen career, Hepburn gave her audience the perfect postwar combination of tomboy and sophisticate. After her semiretirement from film in the late 1960s, Hepburn held an honorary place among the Hollywood royalty. In 1988 she began her second career as a tireless special ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Holly Golightly—whether dressed in a black Givenchy, enormous hat, and oval sunglasses hailing a taxi with a shrill whistle or in pigtails, sitting on the fire escape strumming "Moon River" on her guitar—epitomizes for many fans the essence of Audrey Hepburn's film career. Marked by the internal contradictions of big city sophistication and rural, childlike innocence, Holly appears fragile, yet by the end of Breakfast at Tiffany's the audience discovers her inner strength.

Like Holly Golightly, Hepburn's past contributed greatly to the complexity and richness of her public persona. Hepburn was born in Belgium in 1929 to a Dutch baroness and an English banker who left when Hepburn was six years old. Trapped in Nazi-occupied Holland with her mother throughout World War II, Hepburn was reduced to eating tulip bulbs. She survived the war, but suffered many problems associated with malnutrition. The waiflike fragility which so many have admired and emulated was one result of wartime hardship.

After the war, Hepburn moved to London where she studied ballet and worked as a dancer and model. Her film career began unnoticeably with several small parts in English movies. A chance meeting with the writer Colette landed Hepburn on Broadway in the title role of the hit show Gigi. She received critical acclaim, but was not chosen to recreate the role on-screen. (The role went to Leslie Caron who has similar physical attributes.) Two years later, in her first major U.S. film role as Princess Anne in William Wyler's Roman Holiday, Hepburn captured her audience's heart and won an Academy Award.

Part of Hollywood's royalty, Hepburn played opposite the realm's most handsome charming princes—Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Henry Fonda, and Fred Astaire. That most of her leading men were older than her added to her gamine elegance and mystique.

As Sabrina Fairchild, a chauffeur's daughter, Hepburn was torn between the smooth, handsome bachelor played by William Holden and his serious, businesslike older brother (Humphrey Bogart). Following her heart, Sabrina makes the right choice. Audrey Hepburn's characters would continue to make the heart's choice in all her bestloved movies. Her audiences loved and trusted her because she played characters whose hearts, if occasionally misguided, in the end were true and kind.

Sabrina also marked the beginning of Hepburn's lifelong intimate friendship with the French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy. She considered Givenchy one of her best friends and he has referred to her as a sister. He designed most of her screen clothes and she wore his designs offscreen as well. The clothes he designed for her almost always accentuated her long neck and showed off her strong shoulders. The Hepburn/Givenchy look countered the torpedo-breasted voluptuousness of the 1950s ideal woman. Hepburn gave women the possibility of a dignified, comfortable look in which intelligence and wit matter as much as physical beauty.

Princess Anne, Sabrina, and Holly Golightly share qualities with all of Audrey Hepburn's roles: as the daughter of a private detective in Love in the Afternoon, an empathicist bookseller turned photographer's muse in Funny Face, a typist in Paris When It Sizzles, and the daughter of an eccentric art forger in How to Steal a Million, Hepburn charmed with her gamine elegance, her chic wardrobe, her indistinctly European accent, her intelligent, simple beauty, and her wide, expressive eyes. With The Nun's Story, The Children's Hour, and Two for the Road, she successfully attempted grittier roles. Her 1967 portrayal of Suzie Hendrix, a blind woman trapped by a killer in Wait until Dark, proved Hepburn capable of an edgy, tensile performance. During her semiretirement following Wait until Dark, Hepburn returned to the big screen a few times, most notably perhaps in her critically acclaimed role opposite Sean Connery in Robin and Marion. Hepburn's two-decade reign as one of Hollywood's most extraordinary stars seems almost a fairy-tale interlude in a life ravaged by war and then spent serving others similarly ravaged. A former recipient of UNICEF relief aid, she considered her role as UNICEF special ambassador one of the most important in her life. Her final film appearance as Hap, the romantic angel in Steven Spielberg's Always, left us with a screen image of what Hepburn always was—a serene, radiant presence with force of spirit whose effortless elegance and sovereignty inspires us all.

—Ilene S. Goldman

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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was an engaging screen actress who won an Academy Award in 1954 for her work in Roman Holiday. She also worked with the United Nations to alleviate the misery of the poor.

Peerless in her screen presence, actress Audrey Hepburn had huge brown eyes, a husky voice, and a dancer's gracefulness—qualities that seduced the entire moviegoing world. While Hepburn was never an actress with a wide range and had very little acting training, she was never boring. According to People, Humphrey Bogart once said of her style, "With Audrey it's kind of unpredictable. She's like a good tennis player—she varies her shots." Certainly every fan has chosen his or her favorite Hepburn moment; for some its Hepburn's regal entrance in the denouement of My Fair Lady, with her towering hairdo and sweetly serious expression, while others may prefer her playful dance sequence in a book store in Funny Face. In any case, Hepburn's most successful movies capitalized on her childlike qualities, pairing her with an older actor whose character was eventually disarmed by her inestimable charm. Several years after she was chosen by Colette to star in the Broadway version of the French author's Gigi, Hepburn burst onto the Hollywood scene with 1953's Roman Holiday. Costarring Gregory Peck, the film tells the tale of a runaway princess who is shown around Rome by a reporter smitten with love for her. He nonetheless convinces her to resume her royal duties. The role landed Hepburn an Oscar at the tender young age of 24 for best actress. Full of adoration, Jay Cocks described the last scene of the film in Time, remarking that Peck's close up expressions of loss "would have been nonsense if Peck did not have something wonderful and irreplaceable to miss. He had Audrey Hepburn."

Her Humanitarian Work

In turn, Hepburn yielded to a calling other than acting, preferring to spend her time with her two sons and working for UNICEF. "If there was a cross between the salt of the earth and a regal queen," Shirley MacLaine told People, "then she was it." An articulate and impassioned spokeswoman, Hepburn was named the goodwill ambassador for the international children's relief organization UNICEF in 1988. Instead of using the title for travel privileges and charity balls, Hepburn worked in the field, nursing sick children and reporting on the suffering she witnessed. Her last plea proved most moving; Hepburn had traveled to Somalia in the fall of 1992, and her sad but hopeful account galvanized the world's response to the dreadful famine and warfare that would eventually kill thousands in that West African country. For all her otherworldly good looks, Hepburn was a down-to-earth, sensible actress in a Hollywood of excess.

Her Background

Perhaps Hepburn's humility sprung from her childhood. Her father, an English-Irish banker, deserted her family when she was only 8 years old. Another traumatic mark was left by the Nazi occupation of Holland during World War II. Her mother, a Dutch baroness, had sent the youngster to the Germanic nation at the beginning of the war to live with relatives. People noted that "along with her grandparents, she received food from a relief agency—UNICEF's precursor. 'Your soul is nourished by all your experiences,' she once said.'It gives you baggage for the future—and ammunition, if you like."' The once chubby Hepburn was whittled down by a diet that sometimes consisted only of flour made from tulip bulbs; nonetheless, as a fledgling ballet dancer, she sometimes carried messages for the Resistance in her toe shoes. Many years later she politely refused to make a movie of The Diary of Anne Frank as she felt the young Jewish girl's experience of World War II too closely mirrored her own. While memories of fear, deprivation, and cattlecars full of deportees populated her dreams for the rest of her life, Hepburn utilized her experiences in ministering to the world's starving children, many of whom did not know that the beautiful woman was a movie star.

Hepburn and her mother moved to England to pursue her dance career after the war. She was cast in bits parts on stage and screen in both Holland and England before she had the good fortune to be discovered by Colette in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Because Colette insisted Hepburn play Gigi, the young woman was thrust into an entertainment world that would compete fiercely for her. In 1952 she won a Theatre World Award for Gigi, followed a year later by the Academy Award she won for Roman Holiday. A hot commodity, director Billy Wilder snapped her up in 1954 for his new film. Sabrina, about a chauffeur's daughter whose education in Paris makes her the toast of Long Island society, costarred William Holden and Humphrey Bogart as her love interests. Eventually Hepburn shared the screen with all the best leading men of her time: Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Rex Harrison, Mel Ferrer (whom she wed in 1954 and divorced in 1968), and Sean Connery. Of Hepburn's 27 films, quite a few have become classics and only a few films are generally acknowledged to be bad. Although Hepburn had knocked everyone out with her 1956 portrayal of Natasha in War and Peace, another big movie did not fare so well. Green Mansions was a fantasy in which Hepburn gamboled as a birdgirl. Directed by Ferrer, the adaptation from W. H. Hudson's novel of the same name was thought laughable by some. The same year, 1959, she made her first serious film, The Nun's Story. Seeking meatier roles, Hepburn disinte-grating during a motorcycle trip across France. Hepburn and Albert Finney were applauded for their realistic portrayals. After l967's spooky Wait Until Dark, in which she plays a blind woman who ultimately bests a psychotic, Hepburn took on an extended sabbatical. Acting became secondary in her life, as she bore a child at age 40 during her 13-year marriage to Italian physician Andrea Dotti. Hepburn made only four more movies between 1976 and 1989. The last, Always, featured her in a cameo as an angel. Money was not a consideration; besides her own income, Hepburn lived in Switzerland with Robert Wolders, the wealthy widower of actress Merle Oberon, for the last 12 years of her life (she died in 1993). Though Hepburn was nominated for three Oscars after Roman Holiday, she never won again. Shortly before her death, she was given the Screen Actors Guild award for lifetime achievement. Unable to accept in person she sent actress Julia Roberts to accept the honor in her place. While Hepburn's acting was highly appreciated in her lifetime, she would doubtless prefer to be remembered as UNICEF's hardworking fairy godmother.

Further Reading

Chicago Tribune, January 21, 1993

Detroit Free Press, January 21, 1993

Entertainment Weekly, February 5, 1993

New York Times, January 25, 1993

People, February 1, 1993

Time, February 1, 1993

Times (London), January 22, 1993 □

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Hepburn, Audrey

Audrey Hepburn

Born: May 4, 1929
Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993
Tolocbenaz, Switzerland

Belgian-born British/Swiss actress and humanitarian

Audrey Hepburn was a popular movie actress who won an Academy Award in 1954 for her work in Roman Holiday. She also worked with the United Nations to improve the lives of the poor, especially children.

Her background

Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 4, 1929, the daughter of J. A. Hepburn-Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra. Her father, a banker, deserted the family when she was only eight years old. Hepburn was attending school in England when the Germans invaded Poland at the start of World War II (193945; a war fought mostly in Europe, with Germany, Italy, and Japan on one side and the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union on the other). England had promised to help Poland, which they did by declaring war on Germany. Hepburn's mother took her to live with relatives in Holland, thinking they would be safer there. The Germans soon invaded Holland, though, leading to the deaths of many of Hepburn's relatives and forcing her and her mother to struggle just to stay alive. Sometimes she had nothing to eat except flour. Still, as a young ballet dancer, she performed in shows to help raise money for the Dutch war effort.

Discovery and fame

Hepburn and her mother moved to England after the war, and she continued to pursue her dance career. She was cast in bit parts on stage and in films in both Holland and England before being discovered in 1952 by the French novelist Colette (18731954) in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Colette insisted that Hepburn play the lead role in the Broadway production of her novel Gigi. Although Hepburn's lack of experience was a problem at first, she improved steadily, and reviews of the show praised her performance. She also won a Theatre World Award for her work.

Hepburn's nationwide exposure in Gigi also brought her to Hollywood's attention. She was given a starring role in Paramount Studios' Roman Holiday. Costarring Gregory Peck (1916), the 1953 film tells the tale of a runaway princess who is shown around Rome, Italy, by a reporter who falls in love with her. He then convinces her to resume her royal duties. The role landed Hepburn an Academy Award for best actress at the age of twenty-four.

Hepburn was now highly sought after. Director Billy Wilder (19062002) signed her up in 1954 for his new film, Sabrina. The movie was about a chauffeur's (someone who is paid to drive a wealthy person's car) daughter whose education in France makes her the toast of Long Island, New York, society. Hepburn costarred with William Holden (19181981) and Humphrey Bogart (18991957), who was her love interests in the film.

Hepburn went on to share the screen with all of the top leading men of her time: Cary Grant (19041986), Fred Astaire (18991987), Rex Harrison (19081990), Mel Ferrer (1917) (whom she married in 1954 and divorced in 1968), and Sean Connery (1930). In 1959 she made her first serious film, The Nun's Story. Hepburn and Albert Finney (1936) were applauded for their strong acting. Of Hepburn's twenty-seven films, quite a few have become classics. She was nominated (her name was put forward for consideration) for three other Academy Awards in addition to the one she won for Roman Holiday.

Works on behalf of children

After 1967's spooky Wait Until Dark, in which she plays a blind woman being pursued by a killer, Hepburn stopped working for a while. Acting became secondary in her life, as she bore a child at age forty during her thirteen-year marriage to Italian physician Andrea Dotti. Hepburn chose to spend her time with her two sons and work for the international children's relief organization UNICEF. "If there was a cross between the salt of the earth and a regal queen," actress Shirley MacLaine (1934) told People magazine, "then she was it."

Hepburn made only four more movies between 1976 and 1989. The last, Always, featured her in a brief role as an angel. Money was not an issue; besides her own income, Hepburn lived in Switzerland with Robert Wolders, the wealthy widower of actress Merle Oberon (19111979), for the last twelve years of her life. Hepburn continued her work for UNICEF and was named the organization's goodwill ambassador (representative) in 1988. Hepburn worked in the field, nursing sick children and reporting on the suffering she witnessed. Hepburn traveled to Somalia in 1992, and her sad but hopeful account focused worldwide attention on the famine and warfare that would eventually kill thousands in that West African country.

Shortly before her death in January 1993, Audrey Hepburn was given the Screen Actors Guild award for lifetime achievement. Unable to accept in person, she asked actress Julia Roberts (1967) to accept the honor in her place. While Hepburn's acting was highly appreciated in her lifetime, she would probably rather be remembered as UNICEF's hardworking fairy godmother.

For More Information

Keough, Pamela Clark. Audrey Style. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.

Paris, Barry. Audrey Hepburn. New York Putnam, 1996.

Walker, Alexander. Audrey: Her Real Story. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Woodward, Ian. Audrey Hepburn. London: W. H. Allen, 1984.

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Hepburn, Audrey

Audrey Hepburn, 1929–93, film actress, b. Brussels as Audrey Kathleen Ruston. The daughter of an English banker and a Dutch baroness, she and her mother lived in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation. Moving to London, she studied ballet and acting, modeled, danced, and played bit parts before being cast in the title role in the Broadway production of Gigi (1951). Thereafter, except for one other stage role (Ondine, 1954, Tony Award), she worked exclusively in films. Hepburn's luminous beauty, elfin slimness, unplaceably patrician accent, and blend of wistful simplicity and worldly chic are particularly evident in such roles as the young princess in Roman Holiday (1953; Academy Award), her first star turn; the chauffeur's daughter in Sabrina (1954); clerk turned model in Funny Face (1957), and the fabulous Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). She was a major star of the 1950s and 60s, playing opposite many of the era's leading men. Her other films include War and Peace (1956), The Nun's Story (1959), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), and Wait until Dark (1967). She retired in the late 1960s and devoted much of her life to humanitarian causes, becoming (1988) goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Occasionally she returned to the screen, gracing such unremarkable films as Robin and Marian (1976) and Always (1989).

See memoir by her son S. H. Ferrer (2003); biographies by A. Walker (1994), B. Paris (1996), and D. Spoto (2006); J. Vermilye, The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn (1995).

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like will to like proverbial saying, late 14th century, meaning that those of similar nature and inclination are drawn together. A similar idea is found in Homer's Odyssey, ‘the god always brings like to like’, and the writings of the Roman orator and statesman Cicero (106–43 bc), ‘according to the old proverb equals most easily mix together.’

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Hepburn, Audrey

Hepburn, Audrey (1929–93) US actress, b. Belgium. Her ingénue performance in Roman Holiday (1953) won her an Academy Award for best actress. A succession of similiar roles in films such as Sabrina (1954) and Funny Face (1957) earned her further popular success. Other credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and My Fair Lady (1964). She later became involved in charitable and humanitarian work.

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like

like2 please, be pleasing OE.; find agreeable, be pleased with XII. OE. līcian = OS. likon (Du. lijken), OHG. līhhēn, ON. líka, Goth. leikan :- Gmc. *līkǣjan, -ōjan, f. *līkam appearance. form.
Hence lik(e)able XVIII. So liking OE. līcung.

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like

like1 having the same character or quality. XII. — ON. likr, aphetic of glikr = OE. ġelīċ ALIKE.
Hence liken compare. XIV. See -EN5. likewise XV.

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