Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of style, elegance and humanitarian compassion 💖💕
Born in Belgium in 1929 into a noble family, Audrey and her mother moved to Holland in 1935 after her father abruptly left the family
Audrey was profoundly affected by the German invasion in 1940 as living conditions grew steadily worse during the occupation resulting in hunger, illness and near financial ruin for her family
She moved to London in 1948 with a Ballet Rambert scholarship but after being told that despite her talent, her height and weak constitution (as a result of wartime malnutrition) would deny her ever becoming a prima ballerina, Audrey decided to concentrate on acting.
Following small parts on stage and in films, Audrey hit the spotlight in the title role of the stage version of “Gigi” which ran from 1951 to 1953
But her breakthrough came in 1953 with her starring role in “Roman Holiday”.
This was followed by “Sabrina” in 1954 and a series of further box office successes during the remainder of the decade (War & Peace, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon and The Nun’s Story)
Her most defining roles however were in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1961 and in “My Fair Lady” in 1964
After 1967, Audrey decided to spend more time with her family and acted only occasionally in the following decades
She was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF in 1989 and travelled the world on humanitarian missions until 1992
Audrey passed away in 1993 but her legacy has endured long after her death!
Although she never had her ears pierced, she inspired us to create a pair of pearl drop earrings, similar to the ones she is wearing in this stunning photograph from 1954
📷 Bud Fraker