Audrey Hepburn is one of the most iconic actresses the cinema has ever had. With her sophisticated casual look compared to the glamor that dominated the 50s, she became an icon for other women in the world of cinema.
The Anglo-Belgian actress had had lots of things to share with the world as her childhood was marked by the Second World War, in which her two brothers died including an uncle and a cousin. Filled with mysticism, Hepburn always sought to respond to others relying on her fame and beauty and acting as a voice for those who needed it the most.
She was undoubtedly a strong woman, full of energy and a clear vision of the world she wanted. Everything, inside and out, made her an admirable woman to the world. She was a woman without any prejudice, having a big heart and a humour that nobody could be compared with, and it allowed her to speak her mind with an attitude that no one could criticize.
She used to live in Britain in 1939, but she and her mother moved to Arnheim assuming the war would not reach there and that the Netherlands would remain neutral; nevertheless, the Germans invaded the country. She adopted the pseudonym of Edda van Heemstra to avoid attracting attention and offered her assistance to the Dutch Resistance by helping them with funds.
Apart from being a bold woman, Hepburn was very superstitious. It happened during the shooting of Roman Holiday when she was scared to death after she was told to put her hand in the Mouth of Truth, a monolith with supernatural powers. Gregory Peck who was the actor in that film had to request her repeatedly to put her hand inside the mouth.
Also, she used to request that her dressing room be number 55 as the thought it was her lucky number.
Her experiences during the war left a strong desire in Audrey for wanting to help others. She witnessed great suffering, death and saw the effects of malnutrition. From 1954 until her death, she sacrificed herself becoming a faithful aid to the humanitarian causes of UNICEF and used her image and fame to increase knowledge and support to less developed countries.
She studied piano and classical ballet, spoke English, French, Dutch and Italian, handled German and a little Spanish.
Today marks her 89th birth anniversary and the world remembers this great actress with the utmost respect for her beauty and philanthropic works.