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Audrey Hepurn was born on May 4, 1929 to a Dutch Baroness and a wealthy English banker. When she was young her parents divorced and Audrey moved with her mother to the Netherlands. Soon after, the Nazi army invaded Holland. Audrey suffered from severe starvation, anemia, respiratory problems, and edimia. The occupation ended when Audrey was sixteen. Her mother moved to London where Audrey studied dance. She was finally discoverd by Collette, a French novelist who insisted that Audrey be casted as the lead role in Gigi, a Broadway adaption of her novel. Despite her lack of acting experiences, Audrey impressed audiences with her performance and was asked was given the role as Princess Anne in William Wyler's Roman Holiday starring opposite Gregory Peck. Audrey's film debut gave her the Oscar that year for best actress. From 1953-1967, Audrey starred in several more successful films and nominated four more times for an Oscar for her work in Sabrina, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Wait Until Dark. In 1954, Audrey married Mel Ferrer and with him acheived one of her lifelong goals, to have a child. Sean was born on July 17, 1960. Audrey took time off from film making to raise her son. But in 1968, she and Mel divorced. A year later Audrey married Italian psycholigist Dr. Andrea Mario Dotti and the couple also gave birth to another son, Luca. However, two years later Audrey and the doctor separated and finally divorced in 1980. In 1987, Audrey was officially appointed to succeed Danny Kaye (who died that year) as the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Accompanied by her companion until her death, Robert Wolders, she visited such places as Ethiopia, the Sudan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. After returning from Somalia in 1991, Audrey was diagnosed with colon cancer. On January 20, 1993, Audrey Hepburn died at the age of 63 in Tolchenaz, Switzerland.

For more information on Audrey, read. . .

Audrey Hepburn - A Biography

Author: Warren G. Harris

Copyright: 1994

Publisher: Wheeler Publishing, Inc. / Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1-56895-156-6

Audrey - A Biography of Audrey Hepburn

Author: Charles Higham

Copyright: 1984

Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company

ISBN: 0-450-06069-1

Audrey Hepburn - A Bio-Bibliography

Author: David Hofstede

Copyright: 1994

Publisher: Green Press

ISBN: 0-313-28909-3

A Star Danced - The Life of Audrey Hepburn

Author: Robyn Karney

Copyright: 1993

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Limited

ISBN: 0-7475-1852-1 1

Audrey - A Life In Pictures

Author: Carol Krenz

Copyright: 1997

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 1-56799-531-4

Audrey Hepburn - A Celebration

Author: Sheridan Morley

Copyright: 1993

Publisher: Pavilion Books Limited

ISBN: 1 85793 267 6

Audrey Hepburn

Author: Barry Paris

Copyright: 1996

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0 297 81728 0

Adieu Audrey

Author: Text by Klaus-Jürgen Sembach

Copyright: 1993

Publisher: Schirmer / Mosel

ISBN: 3-88814-566-X

The Complete Films of Audrey Hepburn

Author: Jerry Vermilye

Copyright: 1995

Publisher: Carol Publishing Group

ISBN: 0-8065-1598-8

Audrey - Her Real Story

Author: Alexander Walker

Copyright: 1994

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1-85797-352-6

Audrey Hepburn - Fair Lady of the Screen

Author: Ian Woodward

Copyright: 1984, 1993

Publisher: Virgin Books

ISBN: 0 86369 741 0