Sunday, June 20, 2010

British actress Audrey Hepburn

British actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn (4 May 1929 - 20 January 1993), born in Ixelles, Belgium, spent her childhood mainly in the Netherlands. She moved to London in 1948, where worked as a photographer's model.

Before starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi, Hepburn acted in a few European films. Then Hepburn played the lead female role in 'Roman Holiday' (1953) winning an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Also she won BAFTA Awards for her performances in The Nun's Story (1959) and Charade (1963), and received Academy Award nominations for Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967).

She starred as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964), becoming only the third actor to receive $1,000,000 for acting in a film. In 1989 she made her last film appearance in Steven Spielberg's ‘Always’. She died of cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

Before death, Hepburn became one of the most successful film actresses in the world, and in 1999 she was ranked as the third greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.

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