Audrey Hepburn (her given name was Audrey Rustin) was born in May 1929, in a small town in Belgium. During the 30’s her father became enamored with the growing Nazi party in Germany, which played a part in him eventually leaving the family. Audrey’s mother moved her children to Arnhem, Holland where they lived through the 1930’s, and then to England. They moved back to Arnhem hoping that the Netherlands’ historic neutrality would provide a safe haven for them as the clouds of war darkened. However with the German invasion of the Netherlands the family fell under the oppression of Nazi occupation. Along with her family, Audrey secretly supported the resistance; a brother was shipped to a concentration camp and an uncle executed by the Nazi’s for resisting the occupation. Audrey suffered malnutrition due to the harsh conditions that affected her the rest of her life.
|With Oscar for "Roman Holiday" |
at age 24
After the war she found her way to England and the London stage where she achieved sufficient success to work in movies; eventually ending up in Hollywood. Her first lead role was in Roman Holiday, (probably in the 60’s on my favorites list) opposite Gregory Peck in 1953. She won her only Academy Award for best actress for her role, launching her into a career among the first rank of film stars. Another favorite of mine is Charade (1963) with Cary Grant - somewhere in the 80’s on my list.
|John McLiam as Harry in My Fair Lady. See him |
singing "With a Little Bit of Luck" here
So here’s the connection:
|Unnerving statue of Audrey in Morges, |
Switzerland. Have been there several
times but never saw it in person
|Jill and me at Hepburn grave in Vaud, Switzerland|