Monday, 29 July 2013

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston 1929-1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute 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 organisation 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. (Wikipedia)

Roman Holiday (1953) Japanese poster

Roman Holiday (1953) Italian poster

Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman Holiday (1953) Belgian poster

Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina (1954) Belgian poster

Sabrina (1954) Italian poster

Sabrina (1954) Spanish poster

War and Peace (1956)

War and Peace (1956) Japanese poster

Funny Face (1957)

Funny Face (1957) Italian poster

Funny Face (1957) Italian poster

Love in the Afternoon (1957) Belgian poster

Love in the Afternoon (1957) Italian poster

Green Mansions (1959)

Green Mansions (1959) Belgian poster

The Nun's Story (1959) Belgian poster

The Nun's Story (1959) Belgian poster

The Nun's Story (1959) German poster

The Unforgiven (1960)

The Unforgiven (1960)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Italian poster

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Japanese poster

Charade (1963)

Charade (1963)

My Fair Lady (1964)

My Fair Lady (1964) Italian poster

My Fair Lady (1964) Italian poster

My Fair Lady (1964) Italian poster

Paris When it Sizzles (1964)

Paris When it Sizzles

How to Steal a Million (1966)

How to Steal a Million (1966) Spanish poster

Two for the Road (1967)

Wait Until Dark (1967) Japanese poster

Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin and Marian (1976) French poster

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