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The life of an icon: Happy Birthday, Audrey Hepburn

Today we remember Audrey Hepburn, an icon, a visionary, and a true humanitarian.

Audrey Hepburn is easily one of the most recognisable figures in Hollywood history.

The actress, whose talents led her to win Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards, was an inspirational humanitarian and a devoted mother.

Hepburn’s career began when she was whisked off the stage as a ballerina, and thrown into the spotlight as one of the most sought-after actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

After appearing in cult classics such as Gigi and Roman Holiday, her fame reached its pinnacle with her iconic role in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

After a series of tragic miscarriages, Audrey had two sons by her husbands, Mel Ferrer and Andrea Dotti. Hepburn stepped down from her fame and dedicated the rest of her life to her sons, and to her humanitarian work with UNICEF.

She died on the January 20, 1993, after working with underprivileged and sick children full time for more than five years.

Happy birthday, Audrey. She would have been 86 today.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others – Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey began her career in Hollywood as a ballerina, but was quickly drawn to stardom.

She then moved into Broadway, where she danced in chorus lines.

And then Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Hepburn married her first husband, Mel Ferrer, in 1954.

Audrey was considered one of the most “naturally beautiful women in the world.”

Audrey won her Academy Award in 1954 for her role in Roman Holiday.

The next year she presented the award with fellow host, Grace Kelly.

Her short cut hair and fringe have become an iconic look.

After expressing her wish to start a family, Hepburn began taking fewer and fewer roles.

Hepburn gave birth to her first child, Sean Ferrer, after suffering three miscarriages.

She then married Italian psychiatrist, Andrea Dotti.

Pictured here with her first son, Sean.

Audrey with her Roman Holiday co-star, Gregory Peck.

After semi-retiring from acting, Hepburn dedicated her time to humanitarian acts.

Hepburn visiting a mother’s hospital in Vietnam.

She was appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador in the 1980s.

She continued her work with the UN and UNICEF right up until her death in 1993.

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