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True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul

Possibly the most instantly recognisable star from Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’, Audrey Hepburn’s roles in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday have enraptured audiences for decades.

Audrey lived an international life from the very start as her father relocated often for work. She spent her early years moving between Arnhem, Brussels, The Hague and London. When the war broke out in 1939, Audrey’s mother moved the family permanently to Arnhem hoping that, much like in World War I, The Netherlands would remain neutral and avoid any active conflict. Unfortunately this was not the case and Audrey’s family were deeply affected by the five year long occupation of their home. During this period Audrey would perform silent dance performances to raise money for the resistance effort, and there is evidence to suggest she was directly helping the Dutch resistance herself.

After the war ended the family moved to Amsterdam and Audrey began training in ballet under Sonia Gaskell. She moved to London to take up a ballet scholarship, but having been told her height and weak constitution, a result of wartime malnutrition, meant that she would never be a prima ballerina, she focused instead on acting. Her first major role was as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday for which she won an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for best actress.

Her career would be full of award winning performances and she received acclaim throughout the decades, but later in life she moved away from acting to focus on family and humanitarian works. For her time as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.