Creator: Audrey Hepburn
How kind of you to write her an article.Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (1929-1993) was one of the most elegant actresses in all of cinema. She never seemed to try to be iconic, it just came naturally. From wearing scarves, to nun's habits, to The Little Black Dress, she was an unforgettable image.Look up the word "classy" in the dictionary, and a picture of her will be staring back at you.Even in her later years, she was still a looker, appearing in Blackglama's "What Becomes A Legend Most?" ad campaign◊, although she spent most of her later years doing philanthropic work with UNICEF.A British citizen, she was born in Brussels, Belgium to a Dutch Baroness and an Anglo-Irish ne'er-do-well. Her father walking out on the family when she was young and her subsequent adolescence in German-occupied Holland made her something of a woobie in her childhood.No, she's not related to Katharine Hepburn.
Her films include:
- The Lavender Hill Mob (1951): Crime caper comedy in which she has a bit part.
- Roman Holiday (1953) - A Rebellious Princess meets an Intrepid Reporter in the middle of the Eternal City. This role is her Academy Award winning Star-Making Role, and her personal favourite. Gregory Peck insisted she be given equal billing with him, and correctly predicted she would win the Oscar.
- Sabrina (1954) - Nominated for an Oscar.
- War and Peace (1956)
- Funny Face (1957) - Her first musical, co-starring Fred Astaire. The definitive "Audrey Hepburn looking awesome in all sorts of costumes" film.
- Love in the Afternoon (1957)
- The Nun's Story (1959) - Some of Hepburn's best acting work. Nominated for an Oscar.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) - Her most iconic role. Nominated for an Oscar.
- The Children's Hour (1961)
- Charade (1963)
- My Fair Lady (1964) - Starts out Playing Against Type, being an uncultured street woman who gradually is groomed to become the classy lady we all know and love. Infamously, her singing scenes were dubbed by Marni Nixon. Two songs with her original vocals are available on the DVD.
- How To Steal A Million (1966)
- Two For The Road (1967) - Playing Against Type as a bitchy housewife.
- Wait Until Dark - (1967) - One of the first modern thrillers, with Hepburn as a blind woman threatened by heroin smugglers. The studio had a lot of trouble casting the main villain, as few actors wanted to be seen tormenting a blind Audrey. Nominated for an Oscar.
- Robin and Marian (1976) - Playing an aging Maid Marian opposite Sean Connery.
- Always (1989) - Her last role. note
This actress/model provides examples of:
- Fake Nationality: Born to British and Dutch parents, she played American (Breakfast at Tiffany's and others), Russian (War and Peace), French (Love in the Afternoon, How To Steal a Million) Belgian (The Nun's Story), and Native American (The Unforgiven) characters.
- Friend to All Children: In the later years of her life, her great passion was her work for UNICEF, on whose behalf she traveled to some of the most dangerous, desperately poor corners of the world - including, just a few months before her death when she was already critically ill, to famine- and civil war-torn Somalia.
- Hollywood Thin : Along with the Little Black Dress example below, Hepburn's physique has long been considered an ideal standard of beauty and grace. She was 5'7" and 110-115lbs, giving her a BMI of 17-18, which is considered underweight. She suffered from long periods of starvation during the Nazis' occupation of the Netherlands, and this damaged her metabolism, causing life long health problems and contributing to her relatively early death, at 63.
- I Am Not Pretty: Hard to believe about a woman commonly thought of one of the most beautiful to ever grace the planet with her presence, but she felt this way. To be fair, her boyish, gamine figure and reserved persona were something of a rarity in her day when big hair, big chests, and overly-glamorous sex symbols represented the ideal woman at the time."You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly ... you can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn't conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive."
- Impoverished Patrician: Audrey's titled Dutch-Belgian family lost most of their worldly goods to Nazi confiscation during World War II, so that she and her mother lived in very straitened circumstances during the immediate postwar years (a major impetus behind her first training as a professional ballerina, then becoming an actress). Moreover, she experienced severe malnutrition during the horrific Dutch famine of 1944-45, whose consequences affected her health for the rest of her life.
- La Résistance: During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Audrey (and her mother) worked extensively with the Dutch Resistance. Audrey raised funds for the Resistance with clandestine ballet performances and couriered confidential documents on several occasions - both activities which would have condemned her to execution had she been caught by the Germans. Several of her relatives were in fact executed by the Nazis for Resistance activities.
- Little Black Dress: Didn't invent it, but let's face it: her face is the one that immediately comes to mind whenever one hears the phrase. She's not the page image for nothing, after all.
- Romance on the Set: Admitted to (at the very least) falling in some degree of love with most of her male co-stars, although the only believed actual affair was with the then-married William Holden.
- Star-Making Role: Roman Holiday.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: There's a reason why Audrey has a strong fan base outside of the West. She doesn't only have the ideal appearance (dark hair, willowy build), but the world class, education, and kindness that goes along with it.
Homages to Audrey Hepburn
- In the Gundam metaseries, both Relena Peacecraft/Darlian and her Expy, Lacus Clyne, were modeled after Hepburn. And now Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn has Audrey Burne. Gundam really loves her.
- Both Wing and Unicorn made homages to Roman Holiday: in Wing, one of Relena's dresses was designed after Princess Ann's dress, and in Unicorn, the "Runaway Princess" movie poster is a copy of the movie poster for "Roman Holiday".
- In the manga and anime series, Rec, Aka Onda, the lead female character, idolizes Hepburn, and would quote Hepburn's lines from the movies she appeared in. In the opening, Aka is wearing some of Hepburn's famous clothing.
- Episode 146 of Sailor Moon is a homage to Roman Holiday, with one-shot character Princess Rubina as a stand-in for Princess Ann.
- Lina's character design in Slayers is supposedly based on Hepburn.
- In Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Aurora's design is partially based on Hepburn.
- More specifically Hepburn's willowy ballerina body. Originally Aurora/Briar Rose's face was also based on Hepburn's but redesigned later on.
- In Anastasia, the title character's design is based on both Meg Ryan and Hepburn.
- Jenna from Balto was based on Hepburn.
- You Me And Dupree. Audrey is Dupree's ideal woman, much to Molly's surprise.
- Audrey is one of the actresses on whom S1m0ne is based.
- Adam Hughes' Catwoman cover work.
- From Clamp School Detectives, kindergartner Utako Okawa dons an outfit identical◊ to the Royal Ascot dress worn by Hepburn in My Fair Lady.
- Azalyn in Irresponsible Captain Tylor talks about being a fan of Roman Holiday
- In Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf is a huge Audrey fan and would like her life to be like in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
- According to the DVD commentary of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (specifically "Suited For Success"), Rarity's voice is at least partially inspired by Audrey's.
- Diantha from Pokémon X and Y greatly resembles her, down to the hair, eyebrows and being an actress.
- In The Legend of Korra, Asami Sato's overall appearance and role as a smart innovator with incredible beauty brings Audrey Hepburn and other Hollywood Golden Age actresses to mind.