Audrey Hepburn was an Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actress of Roman Holiday, 1954's Sabrina, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, The Children's Hour, Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Charade, How to Steal a Million, Two for the Road and Wait Until Dark
In her later years, she devoted much of her time to charitable causes. Audrey became the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the late '80s, traveling the world raising funds to feed the world's hungry, and calling attention
to the plight of needy children. In 1992, President George Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work with UNICEF.
Full, original or maiden name at birth: Audrey Kathleen Ruston*
Date, time and place of
birth: May 4, 1929, at approximately 3:00 a.m., Brussels, Belgium
Date, place, time and cause of death: January 20, 1993, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Tolochenaz, (near Lausanne) Vaud, Switzerland (Colon cancer)
Husband: Mel Ferrer (m. 1954 - 1968) (divorced)
Husband: Dr. Andrea Dotti (m. 1969 - 1982) (divorced)
Children: Sean Ferrer (b. 1960**)
Luca Dotti (b. 1970) (sons)
Father: Joseph Anthony Ruston (a
Mother: Ella van Heemstra (Dutch baroness)
Error corrections or clarifications
* Ms. Hepburn was not born "Edna," or "Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston" as many biographies, encyclopedias, countless reference books, and websites erroneously report. Members of her family have addressed, at length, the erroneous birth name attributed to her, (Her mother briefly
changed Audrey's name to Edda while living in Nazi-occupied World War II Holland to protect her from possible deportation) and have confirmed that Audrey Kathleen Ruston is the name on her birth certificate.
early Audrey Hepburn biographies mistakenly claim Audrey's son Sean Ferrer was born on "January 17, 1960." In his biography of his mother, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers, Sean Ferrer reports, "Most subsequent biographers repeated this error of fact. Nevertheless, July, not January 17, 1960, is the day that I was graced with the honor of being born to this great
All of the following publications, in some past editions, have offered erroneous birth data on Audrey Hepburn.
Chase's Calendar of Events
Daily Celebrity Almanac by Bob Barry
Grolier Encyclopedia of Knowledge Annual 1994
Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia
Random House Famous Name Finder by Coral Amende
Almanac Who's Who of Film
It is not our intent to denigrate these fine publications, but merely to point out the above inaccuracy to prevent further dissemination of the erroneous
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