by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Audrey Hepburn was a beautiful and talented actress famous for her roles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, and the Roman Holiday. She had style, class, and created a world renown fashion sense. Especially her little black dress that designers are still obsessed with to this day. But sadly, that’s what Hepburn is mostly remembered for. A beautiful petite figure and a pretty face. But I bet most of you didn’t know that Hepburn’s small frame was caused from a starvation period from her childhood while surviving the aftermath of WWII.
Hepburn was born in Brussels and later moved to the Netherlands with her mother as they were running away from her Nazi-sympathizing father. Unfortunately, their sanctity didn’t last when the Germans conquered the land. As a child, she watched public executions, the shooting of her own Uncle, and witnessed the transportation of the Jews to the concentration camps. The Nazis even robbed her family’s home, jewelry, and other possessions leaving them completely poor.
Hepburn never gave up on her vow to help raise money for the Dutch Resistance. She did this by performing secret ballets where audience members couldn’t applaud unless they wanted to reveal themselves. After the Allied landing, the Germans starved many of the Dutch to death. Hepburn and her family had to make flour from tulip bulbs to survive which only caused Hepburn to suffer respiratory problems, jaundice, edema, and anemia. Because of her stunted growth, she could no longer do ballet. Thus, she turned her calling to acting. Her first lead role was the Roman Holiday and from there, her career skyrocketed.
She is one of the only 12 artists to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. It was in the year 1989 that Hepburn became a UNICEF ambassador and eventually retired from acting. After suffering war, herself when she was a child Hepburn made it her duty to focus on other children of war facing the same situations she had. Hepburn had always been grateful that she received aid during her challenging time and felt strongly to help children of war to receive the same help. Hepburn was a truly beautiful and skilled actress, but she was definitely more than just a pretty face. That’s all for now, ‘til next time.