As a young girl Audrey Hepburn lived in occupied Netherlands during WWII and she trained as a ballerina and she would continue this for a time before turning to acting. She had bit parts in a few films including The Lavender Hill Mob before getting her big chance as the title character of the Broadway play Gigi. It was after this that she hit the big time with her performance in Roman Holiday opposite Gregory Peck, and from that point on the film world was enamored with her.
Audrey Hepburn began as a timid yet graceful young woman who captivated audiences in films such as Roman Holiday and then Sabrina. However, over time she kept many of those qualities but also evolved into a tremendous actress and chic fashion icon. Into the 1960s she appeared in such classics as Breakfast at Tiffany’s which is possibly her most remembered role with an iconic wardrobe by Givenchy. Then, she went onto Charade with Cary Grant, and then My Fair Lady in 1964 with Rex Harrison. The first being a romantic thriller and the other a musical based off the work of George Bernard Shaw; very diverse roles to say the least. Two of her last great films came out in 1967. Wait Until Dark had her playing a blind victimized woman to perfection and then in Two for the Road she struggles through the ups and downs of a marriage with Albert Finney. Some films I did not even mention are Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, A Nun’s Story, and How to Steal a Million. Whatever you think of her films I think it must be said that Ms. Hepburn was certainly captivating in each and every role. She is one of the icons who transcends the movies with her iconic fashion, her immense charity, and above all her humble grace.