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16 Facts About Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian.

Audrey Hepburn Interview - 1991 by You'reGonnaLoveTomorrow

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Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age.

Audrey Hepburn interview by Marmar

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She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.

The American Film Institute is a film organization that educates filmmakers and honors the heritage of the moving picture arts in the U.S. AFI is supported by private funding and public membership.

The International Best Dressed List was founded by fashionista Eleanor Lambert in 1940 as an attempt to boost the reputation of American fashion at the time.

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Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands.

Ixelles is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium.

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In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948, continuing her ballet training with Marie Rambert, and then performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

Dame Marie Rambert, Mrs Dukes DBE was a Polish-born dancer and pedagogue who exerted great influence on British ballet, both as a dancer and teacher.

Sonia Gaskell was a Lithuanian-Dutch-Jewish dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and dance director.

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Following minor appearances in several films, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.

Colette was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.

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She shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday, for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance.

The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry as assessed by the Academy's voting membership.

The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to honour the best British and international contributions to film.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image – film, television and game in the United Kingdom.

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The same year Hepburn won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Ondine.

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre.

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She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade, My Fair Lady and Wait Until Dark, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.

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Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role.

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In recognition of her film career, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and the Special Tony Award.

The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award is given by the Screen Actors Guild's National Honors and Tributes Committee "for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession."

The Cecil B. DeMille Award is an honorary Golden Globe Award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".

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She remains one of the 12 people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.

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Hepburn appeared in fewer films as her life went on, devoting much of her later life to UNICEF.

The United Nations Children's Fund is a United Nations program headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

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She had contributed to the organisation since 1954, then worked in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992.

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She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States.

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A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

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