15 Things You Might Not Have Known About Audrey Hepburn

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We all love the iconic Audrey Hepburn. Her face is on totes and mugs, her little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the last word in elegant chic, and her short hair and petite figure defined the gamine look of the 1950s. Despite the over-exposure to all things Hepburn, here are a few factoids that may still surprise you:

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15 Things You Might Not Have Known About Audrey Hepburn

  1. 1. 15 Things you might not have known about Audrey Hepburn We all love the iconic Audrey Hepburn. Her face is on totes and mugs, her little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the last word in elegant chic, and her short hair and petite figure defined the gamine look of the 1950s. Despite the over-exposure to all things Hepburn, here are a few factoids that may still surprise you:
  2. 2. 1. Audrey was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in Ixelles, Belgium, to Dutch aristocrat Baroness Ella von Heemstra, and wealthy British Banker Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, who were both members of the British Union of Facists in the mid-1930s. 2. During the Dutch famine of 1945, Audrey was living in German occupied Arnhem, and she grew so malnourished that when the Netherlands was liberated, she got sick from too much sugar and condensed milk in her oatmeal. 3. During the German occupation, Audrey went by Edda van Heemstra to avoid suspicion due to her English sounding name. 4. Audrey’s favourite poem was by Rabindranath Tagore: Unending Love. Here’s the link to a video of her Roman Holiday costar and close friend Gregory Peck reading the poem in her honour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL_yVhwxCSY
  3. 3. 5. Audrey trained as a dental assistant before appearing in films and becoming one of the most successful actors in the world. 6. Audrey trained as a ballerina too, and performed to collect money for the Dutch resistance during World War II. 7. Audrey had a Yorkshire terrier called Mr. Famous, who was frequently part of her look. 8. Audrey had a breed of tulip named after her in 1990. 9. Artist Michael J. Deas painted Audrey for a commemorative stamp issued by the US in 2003. 10. Audrey was an ardent worker for UNICEF, focusing specially at Africa and Latin America, and she received the 1990 Child Survival Award and also the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work with them.
  4. 4. 11. Audrey spoke five languages: English, French, Dutch, Italian and Spanish! 12. Audrey sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK on his last birthday. 13. Marilyn Monroe was Truman Capote’s first choice of actor to play Holly Go lightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s! 14. Audrey wore Gucci and Ferragamo moccasins through her life, making a signature personal style statement. 15. Audrey was also known for using wicker baskets sourced from markets all over the world as quirky accessories.

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