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Did You Know?
... that Audrey Hepburn's family was living with her grandfather in The Netherlands in 1940 when the Germans invaded. She lived through the occupation suffering from malnutrition, was forced to go into hiding and witnessed members of her family shot for being part of the Dutch Resistance.
... that at the official Audrey Hepburn website you can learn about the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund that was founded in her name after her death to carry on the work she believed in.
... that Audrey Hepburn was fashion designer Givenchey's muse. He designed the wardrobe for her in many of her movies including the iconic black dress worn by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
... that while nominated for five acting Academy Awards over the course of her career, Audrey Hepburn received only one for her performance in Roman Holiday. Ironically, she had no acting experience at the time and was tutored extensively the movie's director William Wyler. In later years, Audrey Hepburn would say that she learned everything she knew about acting from this talented director.
... that Audrey Hepburn semi-retired from acting after divorcing her actor husband of fourteen years, Mel Ferrer, in 1968. She only made five movies after that: Always (pictured here), Love Among Thieves, They All Laughed, Bloodline and Robin and Marian.
... that Audrey Hepburn was honored with a US. Postage stamp.
... that Audrey Hepburn was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. Bush. It is the highest civilian award in the United States.
... that in 1988 Audrey Hepburn was named UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador. She served in this role until her death in 1993, traveling all over the world promoting the plight of needy children and soliciting help wherever she went. It was for this work that she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1993.
... that you can hear Audrey Hepburn talking about her work with children and the Unicef program.
... that Audrey Hepburn loved to garden and won an Emmy for hosting the PBS series Gardens of the World.
... This story may make Audrey Hepburn fans very wistful over what might have been. A UK newspaper is reporting that the director George Cukor was preparing a live action movie version of Peter Pan to star Audrey Hepburn as Peter and Laurence Olivier as Captain Hook. Oh, wouldn't that have been loverly. This movie was not made because Disney became embroiled in a legal case over the movie rights. The author of Peter Pan, JM Barrie had bequethed the rights to the play to a London Children's Hospital. Disney argued that it owned all cinematic rights because it had paid the hospital a paltry five thousand pounds to make the animated version of the story. The movie plans were stopped and after five years of legal battling the hospital was awarded damages.
... that a hybrid tulip was named for Audrey Hepburn. If you watch this video you will see the tulip, the mansion she grew up in, Rob Wolders (her companion) and hear her speak Dutch. (She spoke 5 languages- English, Dutch, Spanish, French, and Italian)
... that you can see an extraordinary glimpse from Audrey Hepburn's screen test for her first Hollywood film Roman Holiday. She talks about how she gave ballet performance to raise money for the Dutch resistance during the German occupation. What a brave beautiful woman she was.
... We're not sure how we feel about using people who are dead to advertise things. But this is one ad that we loved to watch and the Gap did donate money to the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
... that when Audrey Hepburn made My Fair Lady she was dismayed to learn she would not be doing the singing for the musical. Instead the voice of Marni Nixon was dubbed. However one of our favorite movie moments is when she did sing herself. Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Audrey Hepburn's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
1652 Vine St.