Hollywoodland Presents: 8 surprising facts you didn’t know about Audrey Hepburn!

Audrey Hepburn has been revered as one of the most beautiful and fashionable actresses of all time. But there was more than beauty and glamour to this Belgian born icon. She appeared in 26 Movies and won an Academy Award for Roman Holiday in 1954. Although her life was legendary, Audrey was a very private person. Here are 8 facts you may not have known about Audrey Hepburn.

#1: Audrey had other aspirations before becoming an actor. From a young age, Hepburn had hoped to become a prima ballerina. She would later study in London but was considered too tall (she was 5’7’). She then went on to train as a dental assistant before a talent scout discovered her and the rest is history!

#2. Hepburn is one of only 15 people to achieve EGOT status. She has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.  

Audrey Hepburn with her Academy Award in 1954 for Best Actress.
Audrey Hepburn with her Academy Award in 1954 for Best Actress.

#3. Most people own dogs or cats for a pet, but not Audrey! She had a pet fawn named Pippin! In 1958, Hepburn was shooting Green Mile, she bonded with the baby fawn whom she called Ip. She was devastated to give him back once the film wrapped.

Hepburn with her pet fawn, Ip.
Hepburn with her pet fawn, Ip.

#4. Audrey and William Holden fell in love while on the set of Sabrina with Holden later saying that Audrey was the love of his life. She ended the affair once she discovered that he had a vasectomy.

Hepburn and Holden on the set of Sabrina.
Hepburn and Holden on the set of Sabrina.

#5. Happy Birthday, Mr President! Audrey sang Happy Birthday to President John F. Kennedy for his birthday in 1963. One year after Marilyn Monroe did her famous rendition for the President and his last birthday before his death later that year.

#6: The little black dress that never goes out of style. Hepburn’s famous dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for over $900,000 when it went under the hammer in 2006.

The famous Givenchy dress worn by Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

#7: She loved food and pasta was her addiction. She grew organic vegetables in her yard in Switzerland and was a big believer in no pesticides.

Pasta was a favourite of Hepburn’s

#8: Audrey was a big supporter of UNICEF after the organization helped her and her family during World War II. She said “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.” She became an ambassador for UNICEF in 1988 and donated her full salaries from her last three movies to the organization.

Hepburn in Ethiopia in 1988.

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