The story of an extraordinary woman, myth and symbol of elegance
An icon was born
She represented an altogether new type in American cinema, familiar then with the voluptuous vamp or the dependable girl-next-door. Millions of women throughout the world for decades attempted to imitate her style, her fashion sense, her hair and her make-up, but without success. Audrey Hepburn had proved inimitable. Her fascination has nothing manufactured about it but springs from her unique qualities as a human being, developed throughout a life obviously marked by success but also clouded by sorrows and disappointments.
Audrey Hepburn Wins Best Actress: 1954 Oscars
The international success of Roman Holiday brought her an Oscar and was followed by a series of wonderful films directed by some of the greatest American directors. She was certainly favoured by fame and earned wide public and professional admiration but was perhaps most remarkable for her extraordinary commitment not only to her work and but to a wider world. She retired early from cinema to devote herself to the protection of children in the Third World with remarkable determination and enthusiasm.
"How shall I sum up my life? I think I've been particularly lucky. Does that have something to do with faith also? I know my mother always used to say, 'Good things aren't supposed to just fall in your lap. God is very generous, but he expects you to do your part first.' So you have to make that effort. But at the end of a bad time or a huge effort, I've always had - how shall I say it? - the prize at the end. My whole life shows that."
“The size of your feet, too, tells me about your character. I have divided the women who have come to me into three categories: the Cinderella, the Venus and the Aristocrat. [...] Venus is usually of great beauty, glamour, and sophistication, yet under her glittering exterior she is often essentially a home body loving the simple things of life. Because these two characteristics are mutually contradictory the Venus is often misunderstood. People accuse her of too much luxury loving and frivolity.”