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Audrey Hepburn: an icon of elegance

Audrey Hepburn: an icon of elegance
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«Love in the Afternoon», «How to Steal a Million», «Roman Holiday», «Breakfast at Tiffany's», «My Fair Lady» - who did not watch these films and did not admired the actress Audrey Hepburn?

(In 1954, she was awarded the «Oscar» for best actress in the film «Roman Holiday»).

The recognized «style icon», in life and on the screen, Hepburn remains the epitome of a real woman, an example of elegance.

And yet she is known on both sides of the Atlantic and called a woman with a big and kind heart!

Being still very young Audrey dreamed not of becoming an actress, but a dancer. Born into an aristocratic British family the girl experienced the parental divorce and the difficult relationship with her mother, war and famine. However, such hardships only «indurated» the Audrey’s soul, made the fay’s nature inflexible and even strengthened her charm.

The life before «Roman Holiday» by no means looked like a fairy tale - glamorous Audrey Hepburn had a very difficult fate. She was shocked by the parents' divorce - her father, Joseph Hepburn, left for a long time had not seen his daughter. Audrey studied at private schools in England and Holland and when she was 11 years old the war broke out... She had to starve due to which the actress later suffered metabolic disorders and asthma.

After the war the girl's family was devastated and Audrey Hepburn tried to become independent and earn acting in commercials, doing ballet to exhaustion, working as a model and in the theatre.


The beauty’s debut was a secondary role in the film «Dutch in Seven Lessons», but it was not long till «Roman Holiday» (1953) which brought her an Oscar!

After that she starred in the film «Sabrina» together with the actor William Holden. She fell in love with the partner, dreamed about family and children, but William had health problems, that is why he could not have children.

Having healed the «soul wound» Audrey played for some time in the theatre, then married Mel Ferrer, and gave birth to a son, Sean. The dream of happiness seemed to have been achieved, but this marriage did not last long.

But the Audrey’s popularity as an actress grew - her every appearance on the screens proved the skill of acting talent! And every next film where she played became literally «golden». Audrey starred at the famous film directors, the American actress’s career developed remarkably well and easily, her fellow actors were the legendary: Peter O'Toole, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire.

She became the muse of scenario writers and directors and Hubert de Givenchy devoted to Audrey his 1st perfume «L`Interdit» because in the film «Breakfast at Tiffany's» she perfectly wore the famous «little black dress»...

She loved, but the feeling was not always mutual... The only love that never betrayed her was chocolate. And she loved to read fairy tales... She had a huge number of admirers and prestigious awards.

However, Hepburn continued to dream of a simple woman’s happiness. Audrey remarried and gave birth to another son, but soon the couple parted. Only with the «third attempt» she found the sought happiness in marriage, left the artistic career. But Audrey Hepburn did not «twirl thumbs» - as an ambassador of one of the foundations of the United Nations she travelled around the world helping children. For this work she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

She has her «Rules of Life», the most important of which is: «The duty of every person is to help children who are suffering. Everything else is just whims and self-indulgence». The second half of her life Audrey devoted to charity.

Alas, in 1993, this beautiful woman with a big kind heart was gone. During the funeral ceremony Gregory Peck, Audrey’s friend since «Roman Holiday», not hiding tears, read her favourite poem «Eternal Love».

It is so much written about her because the subtle beautiful traits of Audrey’s face, tenderness and kindness in her eyes, charm and inner spiritual beauty even after so many years remained the world standard of femininity...

She was and remains for us a true Fair Lady!



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