Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was an English, Dutch actress and humanitarian.Audrey Kathleen Ruston, later double-barrelled by her father to the surname Hepburn-Ruston, was born on Rue Keyenveld (or Keienveldstraat in Dutch) in Ixelles (or Elsene in Dutch), a municipality in Brussels, Belgium. Hepburn, the only child of Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston (1889–1980), an English banker of Irish descent, and his second wife Ella, baroness van Heemstra (1900–1984), a Dutch aristocrat, had two half-brothers: Jonkheer Arnoud Robert Alexander “Alex” Quarles van Ufford (1920–1979) and Jonkheer Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford (born 1924), by her mother’s first marriage. Although born in Belgium, Hepburn had British citizenship and attended school in England as a child. Hepburn’s father’s job with a British

insurance company meant that the family often travelled between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. From 1935 to 1938, Hepburn was educated at Miss Rigden’s School, an independent girls’ school in the village of Elham, Kent, in the southeast of England.Hepburn became one of the most successful film actresses in the world and performed with such notable leading men as Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Peter O’Toole, and Albert Finney. She won BAFTA Awards for her performances in The Nun’s Story (1959) and Charade (1963), and won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe award for her performance in Roman Holiday (1954). She also received Academy Award nominations for Sabrina (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967).