May 4th: Birthday of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn is most famously known for her humanitarian efforts with UNICEF and her starring role as Ms. Holly Golightly in the beloved classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The multi-talented Belgian actress was also highly regarded as a stage play performer.

She was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1929. Her mother moved to the at-the-time neutral country of the Netherlands in order to escape the rise of Nazism in Europe. They faced many hardships in Nazi-occupied Holland, but Audrey still managed to hone traditional skills such as ballet in Amsterdam and London. It was her skill in ballet that eventually landed her a role in the stage play adaption of the novel Gigi. After her last film in 1976, she focused exclusively on UNICEF efforts to help children worldwide in famine-stricken countries in Latin America, Africa, and parts of Asia.

On January 20th, 1993 Hepburn died in her sleep at her home in Switzerland after a battle with intestinal cancer. She left behind a variety of classic movies and a legacy of caring for the less fortunate among us.

Audrey Hepburn

 






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