Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 - 20 January 1993)
Audrey Hepburn was a highly regarded British actress famous for films such as 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' and 'My Fair Lady'.
Net worth: Audrey Hepburn had a net worth of $100 million before her death. (Celebrity Net Worth)
Childhood: Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels, Belgium. Her parents were Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Baroness Ella van Heemstra. They were part of the Nazi sympathiser group the British Union of Fascists and her father left when Audrey was still young. As a child, she moved repeatedly between Belgium, Britain and the Netherlands becoming multi-lingual. She had also learned ballet by the time she was 5. Audrey went to school at a small school in Elham, Kent before moving to the Netherlands following the onset of World War II and being educated at Arnhem Conservatory. During the German attack on the Netherlands in 1940, she changed her named to Edda van Heemstra. The war had a serious impact on Audrey's health: she suffered malnutrition, anaemia, edema and problems with her respiratory system. Her struggles led to her becoming heavily involved with the charity UNICEF.
Acting career: Audrey Hepburn began studying ballet intensely after the war. She took on her first film role in a 1948 educational travel film called 'Dutch in Seven Lessons' before continuing her dance studies at the Ballet Rambert and practising part time modelling. With her years of wartime suffering, she quit ballet due to the effects it had on her body. In a bid to make money, she appeared in various theatre revues such as 'High Button Shoes', 'Sauce Tartare' and 'Sauce Piquante'. She began working as a freelance actress with small roles in 'One Wild Oat', 'Laughter in Paradise', 'Young Wives' Tale' and 'The Lavender Hill Mob'. Her first big role was in 1952's 'The Secret People' in which she played a ballerina. She made her Broadway debut as the title character in 'Gigi', having been personally selected by the author of the original novel Colette. Audrey's first starring role was in 1953's 'Roman Holiday' alongside Gregory Peck. Her performance was highly praised and she won an Academy Award for best actress. Her next film was 'Sabrina' in which she had the title role opposite Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. The film won her a BAFTA and another Academy Award nomination. In the same year she appeared with Mel Ferrer in the acclaimed Broadway show 'Ondine' and subsequently won a Tony award. Among her later box office successes were 'War and Peace' (1956) with Henry Fonda, musical 'Funny Face' (1957) with Fred Astaire and rom com 'Love in the Afternoon' (1957) opposite Gary Cooper and Maurice Chevalier. She landed her second BAFTA with 'Sister Luke in The Nun's Story' (1959), for which she researched in-depth by visiting convents. Reviews were less positive for her 1959 romance 'Green Mansions' with Anthony Perkins and her western 'The Unforgiven'. In 1961, she appeared in arguably her most influential movie yet: Blake Edwards' 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. The movie is a romantic comedy based on the Truman Capote novella and featured Hepburn as the fabulous quirky and stylish Holly Golightly. She then appeared in the cooly received 'lesbian' drama 'The Children's Hour' with Shirley MacLaine and James Garner. In 1963, she starred alongside Cary Grant in thriller 'Charade', following that up by rejoining William Holdenin '64 for 'Paris When It Sizzles'. Holden's frequent attempts to woo Hepburn and his alcoholism proved a problem during filming. Another major movie for Hepburn was 'My Fair Lady' in which she starred as the singing flower girl Eliza Doolittle. Despite Hepburn's pleasant singing voice, she was mostly dubbed over by Marni Nixon - a fact that caused plenty of upset initially. Hepburn starred in the thriller 'Wait Until Dark' which was produced by her husband at the time Mel Ferrer. It caused much stress for the actress, who lost over a stone in weight due to anxiety. Her final movie projects included 1976's 'Robin and Marian' with Sean Connery, 1979's 'Bloodline', 1981's 'They All Laughed' with Ben Gazzara and 1987's 'Love Among Thieves' with Robert Wagner. Her very last motion picture role was a cameo in Steven Spielberg's 'Always'. As well as acting, Hepburn was heavily involved in her humanitarian work. She became Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and her work with the charity earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Being fluent in several languages, she did much travelling in her work to help poor families around the world, including visiting an orphanage in Ethiopia, touring Central America and helping out in Sudan during the civil war.
Personal life: Audrey Hepburn had various high-profile relationships including with James Hanson, Michael Butler and William Holden. In 1954, she married Mel Ferrer with whom she had a son named Sean. She also had a total of four miscarriages and the relationship was tumultuous, with many seeing Mel as controlling towards Hepburn. They divorced in 1968. The following year she married psychiatrist Andrea Dotti and gave birth to a son named Luca in 1970. She later suffered another miscarriage. While Andrea had frequent affairs, Audrey also began seeing her 'Bloodline' co-star Ben Gazzara. They subsequently divorced in 1982. She spent the rest of her years with Robert Wolders. She was diagnosed with abdominal cancer in 1992 which, after much treatment and surgery, soon turned out to be terminal. She lived out the rest of her days in a hospice in Switzerland, dying the following year.
It seems that even a high-flying, internationally-recognised and regularly-awarded fashion career does not guarantee people will like your style more than your husband’s as former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham recently found out.
David and Victoria Beckham came third and ninth in a poll of the most stylish Brits of all time
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The Oscar-nominated 'Sabrina' actress passed away at home.
Martha Hyer, one of the last glamour girls of the Golden Age of Hollywood, died on the 31st May at her home in Santa Fe, aged 89. A representative from Rivera Funeral Home confirmed the death to the Santa Fe New Mexican but said there was no funeral service or memorial planned.
Martha Hyer at the Hilton Hotel in 1960 [Photo: Getty images, credit: Hulton Archive]
Born on the 10th August 1924 in Texas, Hyer kickstarted her movie career after attending college with a modest role in 1946's The Locket. She then earned roles in So Big (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Delicate Delinquent (1956) and Houseboat (1958). Famed for her striking beauty, Hyer appeared in dozens of Old Hollywood movies throughout her career and earned an Oscar nomination for playing Frank Sinatra's love interest in 1958's Some Came Running.
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Roger Moore kicked off his book tour in Leeds on Sunday 27th October. The 86-year-old actor sat down with his biographer Gareth Owen in order to discuss his life and career, including his time as James Bond and Simon Templar in 'The Saint'.
Spending an afternoon with Sir Roger Moore, regardless of the thousand or so additional members of the audience, is not something to be sniffed at. Moore has played a number of iconic roles during his 68 year career including James Bond and Simon Templar in The Saint.
Roger Moore is "warming up" his fans before his autobiography due to be released next year.
Moore is on tour "warming up" his fans for his forthcoming autobiography which he hopes, should publishers allow it, to entitle "One Lucky Bastard" or, should this profanity prove too controversial, "One Lucky Fellow". The 86-year-old discussed his tour and upcoming memoirs with the BBC, it appears he had discarded other titles including "Moore on Bond or Moore or Less" after realising that he truly is "exceedingly lucky".
The diva has gotten rid of her famous locks in favour of the much shorter number, debuting the look on Instagram last night
Beyonce is the latest star to try out the ever-popular 'pixie' look, as the singer has chopped off her once flowing locks in favour of a much easier to handle look. The star uploaded a trio of images showing off her new look to her Instagram page yesterday (8 August) and since then it has been awash with comments from fans and onlookers, with some praising the new look as a revelation, whilst other think it is a major fashion misstep.
Beyonce showed off her new look on Instagram this week
The 'Crazy In Love' pop diva debuted the look on her Instagram, posting three un-captioned images of herself, but what is it about this new look that means so much? Usually when a star chops off their locks, it is done in a bid to reinvent themselves and cast off a previous image - ala Rihanna and Emma Watson - so is this new look a nod in the direction of her alter ego Sasha Fierce, or is this a new persona emerging from Bey? Maybe it has nothing to do with a statement at all, and after her near miss with an electric fan during a recent Toronto show, perhaps Bey just fancied something different when se last visited her hairdresser.
Hepburn plays the title character, a shy girl who's desperately in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), a rakish Long Island playboy whose too busy chasing skirts and getting married to notice the wispy chauffeur's daughter. Nearly suicidal over David's lack of attention, she reluctantly goes to cooking school in Paris for a couple of years. It's time well spent. She meets a wealthy baron, gets a great new wardrobe, and secures some self-confidence. "I've learned how to live of the world and in the world," she writes her father before leaving Paris.
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Set in present-day 1961 (as opposed to during World War II as in the novel), the film introduces us to the gorgeous Holly Golightly (a sparkling Audrey Hepburn) as she staggers home early one morning in her little black dress and sunglasses after yet another all-night bender during which she likely doled out small favors to amorous older gentlemen in exchange for rent money. Pausing in front of Tiffany's, Holly munches a danish and sips coffee as she admires the jewelry in the window. It's an iconic movie moment. Holly sees herself as a free-spirit, a party girl, someone who, as she puts it, won't be caged by love or commitments. It's a lonely life, but it pays the bills. The'60s are on the verge of swinging.
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Roman Holiday is one of the most beloved of both Hepburn's and Peck's films, a lovely little romance, full of fun and playfulness, stellar performances (Hepburn won an Oscar and Albert was nominated), and all set against the beauty of Rome. Many of its scenes are nothing short of priceless: the ad-libbed moment when Peck sticks his hand into the mouth of a statue and pretends it's been bitten off (sending Hepburn into hysterics) is absolutely unforgettable.
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Date of birth
4th May, 1929