Facts You Didn't Know About Hollywood Icon: Audrey Hepburn

With unmatched poise, glamour, talent, and generosity - there will never be another Audrey Hepburn. Known for iconic style, this actress and philanthropist had a few secrets in her closet ... From her strange pets, big feet, and her massive wealth, here is everything you need to know about our "Holly."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn poses with an award.


HER REAL NAME

While the world came to know and love her as the one and only Audrey Hepburn, this name is actually her stage moniker. Her birth title was Audrey Kathleen Ruston. Born on May 4, 1929, the Brussels native began to go by simply 'Audrey Hepburn' from 1948 onwards. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Audrey Hepburn on the set of a movie.


AUDREY: THE UNEXPECTED INTROVERT

Despite her countless appearances on the red carpets around the world, with many adorning fans, Audrey Hepburn did not live for the spotlight. In fact, she was quite the introvert and was quoted saying, "I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn on set.


SHE DIDN'T SEE HERSELF AS AN ICON

There is no doubt, many women around the world have aspired to reach the level of glamour and style Miss Hepburn exuded. She changed the face of beauty forever and is still revered to this very day. Yet, the star herself never saw herself as worthy of that status. She expressed, "I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind."

Image Credits: Getty Images / A portrait photo of Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey continued, implying that her style was accessible and achievable by anyone. She said, "I just do my thing. My appearance is accessible to everyone. With hair tied in a bun, big sunglasses, and black dress, every woman can look like me,” she said." Do you agree? 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn on set.


SHE MADE THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS FAMOUS

Who can forget the classic Little Black Dress (LBD) Audrey wore when she dazzled us with her role of Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany's? She practically pinned that classic look and thus many of her fans believed her favorite color to be black. But this is untrue...  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn on set.

The legendary actress did have a most loved color and it was not what anyone expected. Her son shared that cyan, which is a lovely shade of light blue, is her go-to color. Nonetheless, Audrey's LBD sold for over $900,000 at auction in 2006! No matter the color, Audrey added her own magical touch to anything she wore.  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn in Vogue 1971.


AUDREY AND GIVENCHY: A BOND THAT LASTS

Did you know about the special bond between world-renowned designer, Givenchy, and Audrey? She met the designer while on set for her film Sabrina in back 1953. Little did they know they would form a bond that lasted a lifetime. Givenchy would go on to dress her for numerous big events. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn posing with a dress by French stylist Hubert de Givenchy.

It is safe to say that he helped her carve out the style we all know today. Givenchy dressed Audrey on-screen for the likes of Funny Face, Charade, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. But that's not all, in her personal life, Hepburn became the face of Givenchy’s perfume, L’Interdit! What an amazing partnership. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn with her lifelong friend and designer, Hubert de Givenchy.


FOR AUDREY IT WAS ALWAYS PEARLS 

Over her impressive career, Audrey was always wearing the best of the best. That extended to her jewelry as well. In fact, she was lucky enough to wear some of the most amazing diamonds! However, her favorite jewelry was pearls. She was known to love pearl earrings or a pearl necklace which was given to her by one of her husbands, Mel Ferrer.

Image Credits: Getty Images / A portrait of Audrey Hepburn wearing her pearls.


ONE OF THE FEW STARS TO JOIN THE EGOT CLUB

Do you know what an EGOT is? Well, it's a word used for the handful of stars who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony award! The stunning Hepburn is, of course, one of only 16 people in the world to achieve this! She will forever hold this amazing honor and rightfully so. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn with her Oscar Award.


SHE ATE PASTA AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

With her amazingly well-kept figure, it might be tough to believe the following fact! Audrey Hepburn was known to adore her pasta dishes, in fact, her favorite food was Spaghetti al Pomodoro. Apparently, the actress ate this meal at least once a week ... Now that is a routine we can follow!  

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn on set.


MANY FAMOUS WOMEN HAVE BEEN COMPARED TO HER

It must be a true honor to be compared with the likes of Audrey Hepburn. Actresses Natalie Portman, Alexis Bledel, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Rooney Mara are the lucky ladies to have this next to their name. In fact, Jennifer Love Hewitt played the actress on-screen! Who would you like to see as Miss Hepburn in a movie about her life? 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jennifer Love Hewitt at an event.


AUDREY'S BIG HEART: HER JOURNEY WITH UNICEF

One of the lesser-known facts about Audrey has nothing to do with her style or her acting props. It is the softer side to her, the one that shows her true human nature. Audrey actually worked for the amazing organization, UNICEF for 38 years! For the efforts, she was awarded the Medal of Freedom for her work as a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn in Ethiopia.

Audrey often worked in a hands-on manner when she traveled to struggling countries to give back. She truly believed in goodwill and cared about those less fortunate than her. One of her most famous quotes was,  “Makeup can only make you look pretty on the outside, but it doesn’t help if you are ugly on the inside. Unless you eat the makeup.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn in Ethiopia.


MEET HER PET DEER

Audrey was a real animal-lover, going the extra mile for all of her pets. In fact, her Yorkie, Mr. Famous, had a luxuriously expensive collar! However, her most interesting pet simply has to be Pippin. While making Green Mansions, an animal trainer asked her to bond with her co-star - a baby deer, as it would make their on-screen scenes easier. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer.

After she took the little critter home (he slept in a custom-made bathtub), Audrey was not able to part with him again. Nicknamed Ip, the little thing was adorable and even accompanied her to the shops. Miss Hepburn was a pet trendsetter long before Paris Hilton came along with her pet dogs! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer.


AUDREY WAS AN AQUAPHOBE

For the film, Two For the Road with Albert Finney, another side of Audrey Hepburn was revealed. She hated water! In fact, the film crew physically had to hurl her into a pool for one of the scenes in the movie. Some could even say she had aquaphobia, as she was really scared of drowning and being near water. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn on set.


THE ACTRESS WAS LOADED

We all know Audrey Hepburn was rich but do we really know just how rich? Well, to put her wealth into perspective, she made around $5.9 million (in today's terms) simply for her role as Holly Golightly. This salary would make her one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, second only to Elizabeth Taylor. In total, Audrey's net worth was once valued at around $100 million! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn in The Louvre.


SHE SPOKE FIVE LANGUAGES

Just when you thought she could not get any more impressive, Audrey shows us even more skill. On top of her great talents and impeccable range, the star was very well-versed. In fact, Audrey spoke English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian. Now that's truly impressive! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / A photo of actress, Audrey Hepburn.


AUDREY SUFFERED FIVE MISCARRIAGES

Life was not always moonshine and roses for Audrey Hepburn. In fact, the star yeared to be a mother but faced a big struggle when she tried for children. In fact, Audrey had five miscarriages before she finally gained the joy of being a mom. After many years, Audrey went on to have two sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Audrey Hepburn and her son.


HER FEET WERE NOT IN PROPORTION WITH HER SMALL FRAME 

For her small frame, there was something slightly out of proportion with Audrey. What could it be? Well, sadly, the actress found fault with many of her amazing features. One was her big feet. The petite Miss Hepburn had size 10 feet, which she had to squeeze into ballet shoes. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Audrey Hepburn poses for a photoshoot.

In general, Audrey was critical of her features and never saw her beauty the way the rest of the world did. She said, "I'd like to be not so flat-chested. I'd like not to have such angular shoulders, big feet, such a big nose." It's true, we always want what we can't have, even if we are an icon like Miss Hepburn!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Audrey Hepburn poses for a photoshoot.


THE FAVOURITE DECADE OF HER LIFE

In 1980, despite thinking her time for love was over, Audrey fell in love again. This time, it was with the Dutch actor Robert Wolders. After two past marriages, Audrey decided not to wed again but did remain with Robert until her passing. The couple was very happy and in 1989, Audrey told Barbara Walters that the past decade was the best one yet! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Audrey Hepburn with her partner, Robert Wolders.

Wow, Audrey Hepburn certainly lived an audacious and exciting life. Through its various ups and downs, one thing is certain - this Hollywood icon has left behind a remarkable legacy. What was your most beloved Hepburn movie? Leave us a comment and be sure to click the share button if you liked this article. 

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