ONE OF THE HOUR WOMEN OF THE AEON
Born Audrey Kathleen Rushton on May 4, 1929, in a Brussels municipality in Belgium, she was the only child of Irish banker Joseph Victor Anthony Rushton from his second wife, the former Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat who was the daughter of a former governor of Dutch Guiana. Her father later added his grandmother’s surname on his mother’s side, Kathleen Hepburn, to the family surname. So Audrey’s last name became Hepburn-Rushton. She had two half-brothers from her mother’s first marriage to a Dutch nobleman.
In her early years she spent it in Nazi-occupied Arnhem, Netherlands.
Her love of dance and finesse lead her to the fashion world, while the interest of the filmmakers does not take long to manifest itself. She has a delicate fragile beauty when royal and when childish and funny, leaving them speechless in theatre and cinema.
Her acting career began with the educational film” “Dutch in Seven Lessons”. He then appeared in musical performances such as “High Button Shoes” and “Sauce Piquante”. Her first role in the film was in the British film “One Wild Oat” where she played a receptionist. He played several small roles in the films “Young Wives’ Tale”, “Laughter in Paradise”, “The Lavender Hill Mob” and “Monte Carlo Baby”. During the filming of “Monte Carlo Baby”, Hepburn was chosen to play a leading role in the Broadway play “Gigi” which premiered on November 24, 1951 at the Fulton Theatre and lasted for 219 performances.
The writer Siddini – Gabrielle Colette the first moment she saw her exclaimed: “voilà! There’s our Gigi!”. She won a Theatre World Award for her debut that was successfully played for six months. It started in 1948 but her first remarkable appearance in cinema was in 1952 in the film “Secret People” where she played a great ballerina. Naturally, Hepburn did all the dancing required. Her first starring role in an American film was with Gregory Peck in the film “Roman Holiday” and received the Oscar for performance in 1954. Director Wyler said after the trial: “He had everything I was looking for…. charm, innocence and talent. She was also very funny. It was absolutely magical, and we said, “That’s the girl!”“
Films such as “Sabrina” with Humphrey Bogart, “Rendezvous in Paris” with Cary Grant, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “My Beautiful Lady,” “How to Steal a Million Dollars” with Peter O’Tool followed.
Audrey Hepburn, the woman who left perhaps as much as anyone else in her footsteps in what style means… that is why today it is still a point of reference.
In 1953 she was sent to haute couture designer Hubert de Zivency to decide on her wardrobe.
When he was told that “Miss Hepburn” was going to visit him, Zivency was waiting to see Katherine, but… This young and unknown girl he met at the time would never forget it. He was wearing Marilyn-style pants, ballerina shoes and a straw hat on his head with a red face that read Venezia and was about to become his muse and close friend…. his sense of chic was admired and imitated for many decades.
Along with her cute films, her innocent style, her elegance, her wonderful partners, but also her humanitarian dimension, she was also a woman who sought her personal happiness, through relationships, marriages, children…
She married Mel Ferrer and stayed with him for fourteen years: After two miscarriages, she gave birth, in 1960, to her first son, Sean. She then married Italian psychologist Andrea Dottie with whom she had another son, Luca, who was born in 1970. In the last years of her life, Dutch actor Robert Walters stood by her side. It was then that Unicef absorbed all its time as it traveled to the four ends of the world.
In 1986 she became Ambassador of Goodwill and remained until her death in 1993 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work.
She won Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards, played on Broadway, and in 1999 was ranked third on the list of the greatest female stars of all time by the American Film Institute.
The actress got her own star on Hollywood’s Avenue of Fame at 1652 Vine Street
The image of her wearing Zivansi’s tight black dress, pearls and gloves from Truman Capote’s film-transfer project, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” went down in history. This givenchy dress almost every woman on the planet has seen it and Audrey’s style has become a classic.
Mythical became the role of the poor florist, who becomes a posh lady, in the film “My Fair lady”.
Her last appearance was in Steven Spielberg’s film “Forever” where she played an angel….In the last months of her life, Hepburn completed two projects: she presented a documentary titled “Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn”, which premiered on the PBS channel on the day of her death, and recorded a storytelling album, “Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales”, with readings of classic children’s stories. , with which he posthumously won the Grammy Award for Best Narrative Album for Children.