Saturday, May 4, 2013
May 4 - Audrey Hepburn
Actress Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. She was schooled and learned ballet in German-occupied Netherlands during World War II. In 1953 she starred as a princess in “Roman Holiday,” having been discovered in a stage play of Colette’s “Gigi.” She then starred in the romantic comedy “Sabrina” (1954), during which she fell in love with actor William Holden. Her box-office success continued with “War and Peace” (1956), with husband Mel Ferrer; “Funny Face” (1957),with Fred Astaire; “The Nun's Story” (1959), with Peter Finch; and – in a role meant for Marilyn Monroe – as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany's” (1961). She then starred in more classic films: “The Children's Hour” (1961), with Shirley MacLaine; “Charade” (1963), with Cary Grant; and the sumptuous, semi-controversial “My Fair Lady" (1964). She devoted her later life to humanitarian work for children with UNICEF, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of that work shortly before her death in 1993 at age 63.