Audrey's family

 

The potent combination of Audrey Hepburn’s intelligence, sensitivity and love of humanity might very well be grounded in the history of her worldly educated family. Audrey’s paternal grandmother, Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Ruston and grandfather, Victor John George Ruston, lived in Bohemia (Czech Republic) and had ancestral roots which blended English, Scottish, Irish, French and Austrian lineage. 

On her maternal side, Audrey’s grandparents, Baroness Elbrig van Asbeck and Baron Aernoud Van Heemstra came from Dutch, Hungarian and French stock and traveled internationally in service to the Netherlands' Queen Wilhelmina. The fact that Audrey loved music and dance, spoke five languages and had a genuine zest for life may well have been a gift which came naturally to her.

 


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