The Real Audrey

"My career is a complete mystery to me.  It's been a total surprise since the first day.  I never thought I was going to be an actress; I never thought I was going to be in movies.  I never thought it would all happen the way it did."

The real Audrey Hepburn story begins with a little girl who experienced the cruelty and  consequences of World War II and who never forgot what liberation felt like or the images of aid arriving to her and thousands like her in Holland. 

Although she had dreamed of becoming a prima ballerina since childhood, the war rendered her physically incapable of it.  Instead, Audrey turned a lost dream into the next best thing; she took modeling jobs where she learned to work in front of the camera, used her training to compete with 4,000 dancers for one of ten spots in a chorus line and, eventually, found herself in front of a motion picture camera. Within three years, the whole world would come to know Audrey as Princess Anne in Roman Holiday. And that is how we came to know her, be captivated by her, and why we are still in love with her.

With over 25 movies to her credit, there is no doubt that Audrey achieved a rarefied position as beloved actress and icon of style.  Yet, Audrey always considered her work as a UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador her greatest role.  And that is the beauty of Audrey's legacy; that we have the opportunity to know and appreciate her gifts, both as an actress and devoted humanitarian.

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