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Audrey Hepburn

Born May 4, 1929

Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as both a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She has since been ranked as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.… Read More

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1929 Birth They moved back to Europe, to Ixelles in Belgium, where Hepburn was born in 1929. … Read More
1937 8 Years Old In 1937, Ella and Audrey moved to Kent, South East England, where Hepburn was educated at a tiny independent school in Elham, run by two sisters known as "The Mesdamoiselles Smith".
1939 10 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1939, Britain declared war on Germany, and Hepburn's mother relocated with her daughter back to Arnhem in the belief that (as during World War I) the Netherlands would remain neutral and be spared a German attack.


1940 - 1942 2 More Events
1944 15 Years Old By 1944, Hepburn had become a proficient ballet dancer. … Read More
1945 16 Years Old After the war ended in 1945, Ella and Audrey moved to Amsterdam, where Hepburn took ballet lessons for three years with Sonia Gaskell, a leading figure in Dutch ballet.
1948 19 Years Old In 1948, she appeared on film for the first time as an air stewardess in Dutch in Seven Lessons, an educational travel film made by Charles van der Linden and Henry Josephson. … Read More


1951 22 Years Old 1 More Event
The unknown Hepburn appeared in minor roles in the 1951 films One Wild Oat, Laughter in Paradise, Young Wives' Tale and The Lavender Hill Mob before playing her first major supporting role in Thorold Dickinson's The Secret People (1952), in which she played a prodigious ballerina and performed all of her own dancing sequences. … Read More
1952 23 Years Old In 1952, Hepburn was engaged to the young James Hanson, whom she had known since her London dancing days. … Read More
1953 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Hepburn garnered critical and commercial acclaim for her portrayal, adding to her unexpected Academy Award for Best Actress, her first BAFTA Award for Best British Actress in a Leading Role, and only Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama in 1953. … Read More
For her performance, she was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Actress while winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role the same year. … Read More
1955 26 Years Old Hepburn received the Golden Globe for World Film Favorite – Female in 1955, and also became a major fashion influence. … Read More
1957 28 Years Old In 1957, she exhibited her dancing abilities in her debut musical film Funny Face (1957) where Fred Astaire, a fashion photographer, discovers a beatnik bookstore clerk (Hepburn), who, lured by a free trip to Paris, becomes a beautiful model. … Read More


1960 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Three months after the 1960 birth of her son, Sean, Hepburn began work on Blake Edwards's Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), a film loosely based on the Truman Capote novella. … Read More
1961 - 1964 2 More Events
1967 38 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1967, she starred in two films; the first being Two for the Road, a non-linear and innovative British dramedy that traces the course of a couple's troubled marriage. … Read More
1968 39 Years Old After a 14-year marriage, the couple divorced on 5 December 1968. … Read More


1969 40 Years Old She married him on 18 January 1969 at age 39 and gave birth to their son, Luca Dotti, on 8 February 1970. … Read More
1976 47 Years Old She attempted a comeback in 1976, co-starring with Sean Connery, in the period piece Robin and Marian, which was moderately successful.


1979 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, Hepburn took the lead role of Elizabeth Roffe in the international production of Bloodline, re-teaming with director Terence Young (Wait Until Dark). … Read More
1980 - 1982 3 More Events
1987 58 Years Old In 1987, she co-starred with Robert Wagner in a tongue-in-cheek made-for-television caper film, Love Among Thieves, which borrowed elements from several of Hepburn's films, most notably Charade and How to Steal a Million.
After finishing her last role in a motion picture in 1988, a cameo appearance as an angel in Steven Spielberg's Always, Hepburn completed only two more entertainment-related projects, both critically acclaimed. … Read More


1989 - 1990 2 More Events
1991 62 Years Old A one-hour special preceded the series, debuting in March 1991, while the series commenced the day after her death (21 January 1993).
Recorded in 1992, her spoken word album, Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales, features readings of classic children's stories and earned her a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. … Read More
For the series's debut, Hepburn was posthumously awarded the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Informational Programming.
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