Audrey Hepburn: On what would have been the star's 85th birthday HELLO! Online takes a look back at her life
04 MAY 2014
Happy birthday Audrey Hepburn! The 1950s screen star would have been celebrating her 85th birthday and in honour of the actress, HELLO! Online take a look at what’s in the stars for Audrey, and you, today...
If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.' These words come from the lovely poem, Touched By An Angel, by Maya Angelou. Is your life due to be touched by an angel soon? The more you're willing to act out of love rather than out of fear or anger, the more that angel will be able to do for you. Be inspired. Be motivated. Be kind. Be imaginative. Be hopeful. Be loving. Be of good cheer. Be full of faith. Somewhere in the heart of your life something is putting new life in your heart.
Born in Belgium, at the age of eight Audrey Hepburn and her mother settled in Kent, England. During the war they returned to the Netherlands where Audrey took on a German sounding name, Edda van Heemstra.
By 1945 Audrey was a trained ballerina, and later met Marie Rambert, moving back to London to train under the teacher. She modelled part time to support herself and soon became a London chorus girl.
It was here that Audrey was spotted by a casting director and began to appear in minor roles but in 1953 she finally took on her leading role in Roman Holiday – and where she would gain her first Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress.
She would go on to star in Sabrina, War & Peace, Love In The Afternoon, and The Nun’s Story, for which she won a second BAFTA award, and then made her musical debut in Funny Face, with Fred Astaire.
In 1960 Audrey took on one of cinema’s most iconic characters – Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Considered her career-defining role, it would garner Audrey her fifth Oscar nomination in eight years, and go on to become a classic of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
But Audrey was not finished, and in 1964 she would win critical and box office acclaim in My Fair Lady – but was left nomination-less when the Oscars came around.
A goodwill ambassador with UNICEF, Audrey in her later life focused on family and charity work, dedicating herself to helping children in poorer nations.
After her death in 1993, her Roman Holiday co-star and lifelong friend Gregory Peck went on live television to tearfully recite her favourite poem, "Unending Love" by Rabindranath Tagore.