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 fame.
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.
Biographical fast facts
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 banker)
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.
** Many 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 woman."
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