Film icon Audrey Hepburn would have celebrated her 85th birthday today, but instead remains a constant fixture in the classic cinema landscape.
The actress came to America from Belgium post-World War II and found fame with such films like The Nun’s Story, ,i>My Fair Lady and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She specialized in portraying upper class women of elite status.
While many know the basics about Hepburn, here’s five things you should know about the classic film icon.
1) Hepburn was born in Belgium
While many associate her with classic American cinema, Hepburn began with minor success overseas before catching her big break in Hollywood.
2) She never thought she was beautiful
Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, told Vanity Fair in 2013 that his mother, “thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not enough breast. She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.’”
3) For this birthday Hepburn was made into a Google Doodle
Rather than going with a Star Wars reference, even in light of all the Episode VII hype, Google paid tribute to the actress. Artist Jennifer Hom said, “Not only was she a classically beautiful actress, she also dedicated her life to philanthropy. I wanted to show both sides of her life’s work.”
4) The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund
According to her companion, Robert Wolders, Hepburn would rather have had her lasting legacy been for the work she did with children. Her program offers many resources for disadvantaged children, including shelters and medical care.
Hepburn retired at the height of her career to devote her life to her family and to helping disadvantaged children. She worked closely with UNICEF until her death on January 20, 1993.
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