Audrey Hepburn

Lowest Rated: 43% War and Peace (1956)
Birthday: May 4, 1929
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Magical screen presence, fashion arbiter, shrine to good taste, and tireless crusader for children's rights, Audrey Hepburn has become one of the most enduring screen icons of the twentieth century. Best-known for her film roles in Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday and Charade, Hepburn epitomized a waif-like glamour, combining charm, effervescence, and grace. When she died of colon cancer in 1993, the actress was the subject of endless tributes which mourned the passing of one who left an indelible imprint on the world, both on and off screen.Born into relative prosperity and influence on May 4, 1929, Hepburn was the daughter of a Dutch baroness and a wealthy British banker. Although she was born in Brussels, Belgium, her early years were spent traveling between England, Belgium, and the Netherlands because of her father's job. At the age of five, Hepburn was sent to England for boarding school; a year later, her father abandoned the family, something that would have a profound effect on the actress for the rest of her life. More upheaval followed in 1939, when her mother moved her and two sons from a previous marriage to the neutral Netherlands: the following year the country was invaded by the Nazis and Hepburn and her family were forced to endure the resulting hardships. During the German occupation, Hepburn suffered from malnutrition (which would permanently affect her weight), witnessed various acts of Nazi brutality, and at one point was forced into hiding with her family. One thing that helped her through the war years was her love of dance: trained in ballet since the age of five, Hepburn continued to study, often giving classes out of her mother's home.It was her love of dance that ultimately led Hepburn to her film career. After the war, her family relocated to Amsterdam, where the actress continued to train as a ballerina and modeled for extra money. Hepburn's work led to a 1948 screen test and a subsequent small role in the 1948 Dutch film Nederlands in Zeven Lessen (Dutch in Seven Lessons). The same year, she and her mother moved to London, where Hepburn had been given a dance school scholarship. Continuing to model on the side, she decided that because of her height and lack of training, her future was not in dance. She tried out for and won a part in the chorus line of the stage show High Button Shoes and was soon working regularly on the stage. An offer from the British Pictures Corporation led to a few small roles, including one in 1951's The Lavender Hill Mob. A major supporting role in the 1952 film The Secret People led to Monte Carlo, Baby (1953), and it was during the filming of that movie that fate struck for the young actress in the form of a chance encounter with Colette. The famed novelist and screenwriter decided that Hepburn would be perfect for the title role in Gigi, and Hepburn was soon off to New York to star in the Broadway show. It was at this time that the actress won her first major screen role in William Wyler's 1953 Roman Holiday. After much rehearsal and patience from Wyler (from whom, Hepburn remarked, she "learned everything"), Hepburn garnered acclaim for her portrayal of an incognito European princess, winning an Academy Award as Best Actress and spawning what became known as the Audrey Hepburn "look." More success came the following year with Billy Wilder's Sabrina. Hepburn won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the title role, and continued to be a fashion inspiration, thanks to the first of many collaborations with the designer Givenchy, who designed the actress' gowns for the film.Hepburn also began another collaboration that year, this time with actor/writer/producer Mel Ferrer. After starring with him in the Broadway production of Ondine (and winning a Tony in the process), Hepburn married Ferrer, and their sometimes tumultuous partnership would last for the better part of the next fifteen years. She went on to star in a series of successful


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady Actor 2006
67% Always Hap 1989
No Score Yet Love Among Thieves Baroness Caroline DuLac 1987
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Billy Wilder Actor 1986
50% They All Laughed Angela Niotes 1981
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Bloodline' Elizabeth Roffe 1979
77% Robin and Marian Maid Marian 1976
95% Wait Until Dark Susy Hendrix 1967
83% Two for the Road Joanna Wallace 1967
100% How to Steal a Million Nicole 1966
94% My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle 1964
50% Paris When It Sizzles Gabrielle Simpson 1964
95% Charade Regina Lampert 1963
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly Golightly 1961
86% The Children's Hour Karen Wright 1961
No Score Yet The Unforgiven Rachel Zachary 1960
93% The Nun's Story Gabrielle Van Der Mal 1959
No Score Yet Green Mansions Rima 1959
88% Love in the Afternoon Ariane Chavasse 1957
88% Funny Face Jo Stockton 1957
43% War and Peace Natasha 1956
92% Sabrina Sabrina Fairchild 1954
No Score Yet Monte Carlo Baby (Baby Beats the Band) (We Go to Monte Carlo) Linda Farrel 1953
98% Roman Holiday Princess Anne 1953
No Score Yet The Secret People Nora Brentano 1952
No Score Yet Young Wives' Tale Eve Lester 1952
No Score Yet We Will All Go to Monte Carlo Melissa Walter 1951
No Score Yet Laughter in Paradise Cigarette girl 1951
100% The Lavender Hill Mob Chiquita 1951
No Score Yet One Wild Oat Extra 1951