The Story of... Audrey Hepburn



2015-06-26 11:45:49

The Story of... Audrey Hepburn

This fascinating short video examines how Audrey Hepburn changed the world as a fashion icon

Audrey Hepburn was born May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium, as Audrey Kathleen Ruston. Later, her father adopted the surname of his British maternal grandmother, Kathleen Hepburn.

Her childhood was spent in the Netherlands. Sheattended the Arnhem Conservatory throughout World War Two (1939-1945) where she became a proficient ballerina.

In 1940, the Nazis invaded Arnhem. During this time,Audrey witnessed first-hand the persecution of the Jews. She secretly danced for groups of people whiledonating her money to the Dutch resistance.

By 1948,Audrey had moved to London with her mother and began her first acting roles,including small roles in European films, and eventually graduated to Broadway.

Her first leading role was in 1953's Roman Holiday.The performancewonHepburn a Golden Globe and began her ascent to icon status.

Over time,she became of the most successful film actresses in the world, performing alongside Hollywood legends including Gregory Peck, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire.

The above video examines Hepburn's enduring status as a fashion icon - and how her unique image and individuality changed the way feminine beauty is regarded in popular culture.

Hepburn'slast screen appearance was in 1989's Always, directed by Steven Spielberg. Inspired by her war experiences,she woulddedicate much of her time to UNICEF until her death in 1993, aged 63.

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her the third greatest female star of all time.

In May 2009, arare stamp featuring Hepburn smoking a cigarette soldfor $93,800 at an auction in Germany.

Only five copies of the 2001 stamp are known to exist, afterherson, Sean Ferrer, ordered that the print run be destroyed because its depiction of his mother smoking.

Earlier this week, a Givenchy Chantilly lace cocktail gown worn by Hepburn in 1966's How to Steal a Million led an auction of her wardrobe at Kerry Taylor Auctions, bringing 60,000.

An ivory satin bridal gown, designed for Hepburn by the Fontana Sisters for her eventually cancelled wedding to James (later Lord) Hanson also sold for 13,800.

In total, the London sale netted 268,320, cementing Audrey Hepburn's perennial status as an admired and classicstyle icon.

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