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10 things you didn't know about Audrey Hepburn

From Abby | 5th July 2018

Audrey Hepburn was a big star and almost everyone knew her. She became famous for her popular films such as “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and she was celebrated as a real fashion icon. May 4th would have been her birthday, but she died at the age of only 63. Since she gained worldwide fame, almost every moment of her life has been captured. Even so, there are still a few things we didn't know about her. Here are 10 things to cross off this list right now.

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1. She had a strong connection with the Netherlands
Audrey lived in the Netherlands during World War II and even spoke Dutch. At the time, her mother assumed that the family would be safe in this country because of Dutch neutralism. A fallacy, because as we know, the Netherlands was not spared after all.

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2. Your slim figure was caused by malnutrition
Her slim figure was the result of the food shortages caused by the Nazis. Millions of people suffered from malnutrition during World War II. A situation that Audrey was also exposed to during her youth. She never really fully recovered from it.


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3. Her real name was not Audrey Hepburn at all

She was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels and her real name was Audrey Kathleen Ruston. To avoid capture during World War II, Audrey was given the name Edda van Heemstra in 1940. The reason for this was that English-sounding names were naturally associated with the British and it was therefore dangerous to keep these names. After the war, about three years later, she called herself Audrey Hepburn.


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4. She trained as a dental assistant

Before she got into acting, Audrey trained to be a dental assistant. Before she could finish her training, however, she was discovered by a talent scout who helped her get her first role in "Gigi" on Broadway. That was her breakthrough that led to her great film career.


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5. Her parents were sympathizers of the Nazis

Her father, Joseph, left her when she was a young child. Joseph sympathized with the Nazis and was held in British captivity during the war. It is also known that her mother shared this political conviction only until the beginning of the World War.

6. She had an affair with acting partner William Holden
While filming "Sabrina", she had an affair with her then shooting partner William Holden. This one was already a big movie star. What is particularly exquisite about the story is that he was married. Holden was known as the Womanizer and his wife tolerated his antics. This relationship was different, however: Holden was ready to leave his wife because of Audrey. However, it didn't last very long because she wanted to start a family and Holden didn't.


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7. Hepburn's character in Breakfast at Tiffany's was customized for her
The main role in Breakfast at Tiffany's was originally intended for Marilyn Monroe. The author of the novel thought that Marilyn would play the role of the call girl better. Audrey got the role anyway, which resulted in the character being rewritten to better fit Audrey. Who would have thought, because as we know today, this change was a great success and the film is one of the real classics in film history for a reason.


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8. Audrey went out with JFK
Before John F. Kennedy married his wife, Jackie, he dated Audrey for a few months. At that time he was still governor. Their relationship, if you can call it that, didn't last very long, though.


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9. She hosted her own garden show
Before she died, Audrey hosted a documentary series called "Audrey Hepburn's Garden of the World". As the title suggests, the concept of the show was that Audrey was accompanied as she visited the most beautiful gardens in the world. This was also a success and she received an Emmy for this show. The premiere was on January 21, 1993, just one day after her death.


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10. A tulip bears her name
In 1990 a tulip was named after Audrey. The tulip was a new cross and was named after the actress to honor her great performance as an actress and her charity work for UNICEF. During the ceremony in the Netherlands, she gave the first copy to her aunt Jacqueline.


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