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AUDREY HEPBURN

  Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn
Original Vintage 1963 Insert 14 inches x 41 inches

Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire
"Funny Face" 1953
11" x 14" Original Vintage Lobby Card

Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire
"Funny Face" 1953
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11" x 14" Original Vintage Lobby Card

Biography for
Audrey Hepburn


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Mini biography
Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium, with the given name of Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston. She really was blue-blood from the beginning with her father, a wealthy English banker, and her mother, a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. Later, when her mother moved back to the Netherlands, she attended private schools as well. While vacationing with her mother in Arnhem, Holland, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on hard times during the Nazi occupation. Audrey suffered from depression and malnutrition. After the liberation, Audrey went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career. As a model, she was graceful and, it seemed, she had found her niche in life--until the film producers came calling. After being spotted modeling by a producer, she was signed to a bit part in the European film Nederlands in 7 lessen (1948) in 1948. Later, she had a speaking role in the 1951 film, Young Wives' Tale (1951) as Eve Lester. The part still wasn't much, so she headed to America to try her luck there. Audrey gained immediate prominence in the US with her role in Roman Holiday (1953) in 1953. This film turned out to be a smashing success as she won an Oscar as Best Actress. This gained her enormous popularity and more plum roles. One of the reasons for her popularity was the fact that she was so elf like and had class, unlike the sex-goddesses of the time. Roman Holiday was followed by another similarly wonderful performance in the 1957 classic Funny Face (1957). 0047437, in 1954, for which she received another Academy nomination, and Love in the Afternoon (1957), in 1957, also garnered rave reviews. In 1959, she received yet another nomination for her role in _Nun's Story (1959). Audrey reached the pinnacle of her career when she played Holly Golightly in the delightful film, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) in 1961. For this she received another nomination. One of Audrey's most radiant roles was in the fine production of My Fair Lady (1964), in 1964. Her co-star Rex Harrison once was asked to identify his favorite leading lady. Without hesitation, he replied, "Audrey Hepburn in MY FAIR LADY". After a couple of other movies, she hit pay dirt and another nomination in 1967's Wait Until Dark (1967). By the end of the sixties, after her divorce from actor Mel Ferrer, Audrey decided to retire while she was on top. Later she married Dr. Andrea Dotti. From time to time, she would appear on the silver screen. One film of note was Robin and Marian (1976) with Sean Connery in 1976. In 1988, Audrey became a special ambassador to the United Nations UNICEF fund helping children in Latin America and Africa, a position she retained until 1993. She was named to People's magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. Her last film was Always (1989) in 1989. Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 in Tolochnaz, Switzerland, from colon cancer. She had made a total of 31 high quality movies. Her elegance and style will always be remembered in film history as evidenced by her being named to Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time".
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Mini biography
Edda Hepburn was a cosmopolitan from birth as her father was an English banker and her mother a Dutch baroness. In the movies she appeared as a delicate adolescent, a look which remained until her last movie Always (1989) directed by Steven Spielberg. Her career as actress began in the English cinema and after having been selected for the Broadway musical "Gigi" she debuted in Hollywood in 1953. With Roman Holiday (1953) she won an oscar; her favorite genres were the comedies like Sabrina (1954) or Love in the Afternoon (1957). At the end of the sixties she retired from Hollywood but appeared from time on the set for a few films. From 1988 on she worked also for UNICEF.
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Spouse
'Andrea Dotti' (18 January 1969 - 1982) (divorced)
Mel Ferrer (25 September 1954 - 5 December 1968) (divorced)
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Trivia

Is mother of two sons: Sean Ferrel (b. 17 January 1960) and Luca Dotti (b. 8 February 1970)

Audrey Hepburn was first choice for the lead in A Taste Of Honey (1961)

(October 1997) Ranked #50 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Mother of Sean H. Ferrer, with first husband, Mel Ferrer

Son, Luca Dotti, with second husband, Dr. Andrea Dotti

(1990) Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world

After "Wait Until Dark" Audrey Hepburn was offered the leads in "Forty Carats, " "Nicholas and Alexandria" and "The Turning Point" but decided to stay in retirement and raise her sons.

Interred in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland.

(1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#8).

Turned down the film "Gigi" after creating the character in the Broadway nonmusical play.

Everyone remembers when Marilyn Monroe serenaded President John F. Kennedy on his birthday in 1962. What is often forgotten is that Audrey Hepburn sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to JFK for his final birthday in 1963.
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Personal quotes

"I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine."

"I was asked to act when I couldn't act. I was asked to sing 'Funny Face' when I couldn't sing and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn't dance - and do all kinds of things I wasn't prepared for. Then I tried like mad to cope with it."

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."
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Where are they now
(1988-1993), she served as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' Children's Fund
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Salary
My Fair Lady (1964) $ 1.1 million
Unforgiven, The (1960) $200,000
War and Peace (1956) $130,000
Sabrina (1954) $15,000

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actress. (b. May 4, 1929, Brussels, as Edna Hepburn-Ruston; d. Jan. 20, 1993.) When thinking of this dark, almost luminously beautiful actress, especially as a young woman, the words "waiflike" and "gamine" frequently spring to mind. It's true that Hepburn's large, hypnotic eyes, slender figure, and distinctive voice marked her as a true original in an era when Marilyn Monroe was everyone's favorite pinup, but physical attributes don't explain her appeal. Winsome, delicate almost to fragility, she brought to her performances an effortless charm perhaps best described as ethereal. A former ballet dancer, Hepburn broke into movies in 1948, playing bits in several European and English productions, most notably a walk-on in the opening scene ofThe Lavender Hill Mob (1951). In 1953, she came to Hollywood to star as the princess on the run inRoman Holiday she subsequently won an Oscar for the role, confirming her newfound stardom.

Hepburn opted to work at a leisurely pace, seeking a variety of roles; these include a chauffeur's daughter inSabrina (1954, which brought her another Oscar nomination), Natasha inWar and Peace (1956), a Greenwich Village intellectual inFunny Face (1957, in which she sang and danced with Fred Astaire), a Parisian romantic inLove in the Afternoon (also 1957), a South American "bird woman" inGreen Mansions (1959, one of her best remembered-if least successful films), the lead role inThe Nun's Story (1959, another Academy Award nomination), a half-Indian inThe Unforgiven (1960), the blithe Holly Golightly inBreakfast at Tiffany's (1961, which snagged her yet another Oscar nod), a newly widowed target inCharade (1963), Eliza Doolittle inMy Fair Lady (1964), a bickering wife in the deliciousTwo for the Road (1967). It was she who asked Henry Mancini to compose the (memorable) score for that movie, as he had for several of her best films; it was also she who fought to keep "Moon River" from being cut from Breakfast at Tiffany's She introduced that Oscarwinning Mancini-Johnny Mercer song in the film, in her own pleasing voice, but when she starred in My Fair Lady it was decided that she had to be dubbed!

Hepburn earned her final Oscar nomination playing a terrorized blind woman in Wait Until Dark (1967), which was produced by her longtime husband Mel Ferrer (who also acted with her in War and Peace and directed her in Green Mansions). Soon after, she divorced him, and began to devote herself to a variety of causes, notably world hunger. She became a tireless supporter of UNICEF and traveled the world raising funds and calling attention to the plight of needy children. More or less retired, she was lured back to the camera occasionally-as an aging Maid Marian opposite Sean Connery inRobin and Marian (1976), another damsel in distress in Bloodline (1979), an elegant jewel thief in the made-for-TV Love Among Thieves (1987), or as an angel inAlways (1989)-but seemed content to stay busy with more important things than movies. She appeared with her son Sean Ferrer in Peter Bogdanovich's They All Laughed (1981). Just months after her death, he appeared on stage to accept her posthumous Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1993 Oscar ceremony.
 

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