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Audrey Hepburn is famous for being a fashion icon, an actress, and a loving humanitarian. She was ranked as the 3rd greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999.

Born:May 4th, 1929 at Brussels, Belgium
Died: Jan. 20, 1993 @ 63 at Tolochenaz, Switzerland

Audrey is the only child of the Englishman Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and his second wife, the former Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra. She had 2 half-brothers fron her mother's 1st marriage to a Dutch nobleman named Jonkheer Hendrik Gustaaf Adolf Quarles van Ufford. Her 2 half brothers names are Jonkheer Arnoud Robert Alexander 'Alex' Quarles van Ufford and Jonkheer Ian Edgar Bruce Quarles van Ufford. Since her mother was a noblewoman and her father had lots of ancient lineage... there are many specualtions that she's related to much of the English and Dutch royalty, including Mary (Queen of Scots), Diane (former Princess of Wales), King Edward III of England, and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.

"I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine."
-Audrey Hepburn

Audrey's Early Lifechild

Hepburn's father's job with a British insurance company meant the family traveled between Brussels, England and The Netherlands very often, so this made Audrey more fluent in both English and Dutch. She later attended at boarding school in Kent, England from 1935-1938. In 1939, her mother moved her and her 2 half-brothers to their grandfather's home in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Audrey's mother believed that the Netherlands would be relatively safe from German attack, yet she was wrong. Hepburn attended the Arnhem Conservatory from 1939 to 1945, where she trained in ballet along with the standard school curriculum.

In 1935, her parents divorced and her father, a Nazi sympathizer, had left the family. She later called this event "the most traumatic time" of her life. Audrey later located him in Dublin Ireland through the Red Cross, yet he remained emotionally detached. She stayed in contact with him and supported him financially until his death. Both her parents apparently supported Hitler and were members of the British Union of Fascists, according to a family friend.

In 1944, Hepburn had become a ballerina and secretly danced for groups of people to collect money for the Dutch resistance. During her stay in Arnhem, she and many other resorted to making flour out of tulip bulbs to bake cakes and biscuits. Although, there was a cost for being in the Resistance for Audrey, her uncle and her mother's cousin were shot right in front of her and her half-brother Ian van Ufford spent time in a German labor camp. She later suffered from malnutrition, had developed acute anemia, and respiratory problems.

actressAudrey's Career

Whilst she was a ballerina,