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Audrey Hupburn - A Humble Star

Updated on December 29, 2015

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hupburn... Her beautiful face is known around the world, and most people associate it with a role of Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's", for obvious reasons. The film was deemed in 2012 "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library Congress.

No surprise here: Hepburn's portrayal of Holly Golightly as the cute, naive, eccentric girl is generally considered to be the actress' most memorable and identifiable role. Audrey described it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was a quite person, an introvert, and she had to play an extrovert.

Through the years, when her international stardom grew and blossomed: she stayed grounded and humble.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Who Was Audrey Hupburn?

  • Who: Audrey Hepburn
  • Born on May 4th, 1929
  • Occupation: Actress and Philanthropist
  • Died on January 20th, 1993

Elegance of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, star of Breakfast at Tiffany's, remains one of Hollywood's icons of elegance and style, and one of the world's most successful actresses. A motto inspired by her personal style was: "Less is more". She kept it classic, elegant, but also sort of humble, without ever taking her fashions over the top, as many other stars did then to get noticed, and many of them still do.

According to the magazine "Vogue", Audrey Hepburn is the most beautiful woman of all time, best-dressed woman of all time, and her famous little black dress from the film" Breakfast at Tiffany's "is one of the most iconic creations. Audrey Hepburn would be very surprised to hear that: "I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine" she said, and "The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair."

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday

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Audrey Hepburn: A Denial of The Stereotype of Hollywood Stars

Audrey's style never changed with the advent of any new trend, she believed in the power of simplicity - in her fashions and through her life. which was by the way devoid of scandals and embarrassing secrets. Surprisingly to many she kept rejecting proposals to write an autobiography, because she thought her life was way too ordinary and not interesting.

"If I get married, I want to be very married."
Audrey Hepburn

Her childhood was difficult, relation with her father complicated and she didn't find happiness in marriage, although she tried it two times. But she bore two sons, who were her true happiness, accompanying her to the last moments of her life. Audrey's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, mentioned that they were not the typical show-business family. Her sons went to normal schools and grew up among regular children. She tried to keep them grounded, and have ordinary lives.

Audrey Hepburn worked hard for her professional success, nothing came easy to her, but never felt that she was better than others, just because she "made it" in Hollywood. Even after years of work before the cameras, she was nervous giving a speech at a UNICEF lunch.

She fought to feed hungry children, she lived to help others: "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

Audrey Hepburn's life was a denial of the stereotype of Hollywood stars. She proved that a person can become famous, admired and respected, but also remain humble at the very same time.

Interesting Facts About Audrey Hepburn:

Did you know:

  1. Audrey spoke 5 languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish.
  2. In 2000, Jennifer Love Hewitt portrayed Audrey Hepburn in a television movie called The Audrey Hepburn Story.
  3. Audrey Hepburn had a romance with her co-star Ben Gazzara while filming "They All Laughed" in 1981.
  4. Audrey had a breed of tulip named after her in 1990.
  5. Audrey was trained as a dental assistant before making it big as an actress.
  6. In 2003 in the U.S.A. came out a stamp, painted by Michael J. Deas, with Audrey Hepburn's face.

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Gorgeous Audrey

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One of my favorite actresses and a real beauty. Lovely tribute!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you Bill - she is one of my favorites too: beautiful inside and out.

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      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Great hub on Audrey Hupburn. Voted up.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much, jabelufiroz!!!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I love Audrey Hepburn. A nice tribute to her.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you so much, dear janetwrites! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I've loved and admired her since I saw her in the first run of "Roman Holiday" IN 1953, the year I graduated from college. When people began to say I looked like her, I was really amazed! I'm sure I saw all her movies as they were released and I have many of them on DVD now, as well as a good biography of her on my bookshelf.

      You presented her so well, Monis Mas! She really was a humble, and a very real lady. Thank you!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Dear Nellieanna, thank you for your thoughtful comment! Roman Holiday was my favorite Audrey's movie too! She was so darn adorable! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes - she was bewitching! :-)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Interesting hub and I enjoyed learning a little more about Audrey Hepburn. Voted useful!

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Thank you very much Suzanne Day. I love her :-)

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      Cherylann Mollan 3 years ago from India

      Hi Monis! I so loved the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's!' And Hepburn's portrayal of Holly is truly delightful and memorable. This hub was interesting because I never knew that she was known for her humbleness and being grounded in her sense of style. It is indeed rare to find famous people who are humble and attentive to the society they live in. You highlighted a side of her I never knew about.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Dear Cherylann Mollan, I am so glad you enjoyed my hub! I feel that Audrey was one of these people, who - even though they were famous - will remain sort of a mystery!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Audrey was a great actress and a beautiful woman

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      Aga 3 years ago

      DDE - I agree. I will always love her. Roman Holiday is one of my "go to" movies, to cheer me up :-)

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      A well done and excellent Hub about a beautiful Spirit.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      Audrey was very special. Thank you for your comment!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      A true beauty and an extreme talent, it isn't often you see such beauty mixed with such elegance. Especially not in todays world.

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      Aga 2 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by joedolphin88 ! Have a great weekend!

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      Shannon 7 months ago from Texas

      Audrey Hepburn is indeed still a symbol of elegance and beauty. I love her style because I've never really cared for gaudy things. Simple is my style as well for most everything. Obviously, most of her career was before my time, but I remember "Roman Holiday" was the first film of hers I ever saw. And I was a fan from there on out.

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