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born 1929

Audrey Hepburn has become synonymous with style + elegance, but her life and humanitarian work show that her characteristic grace was more than skin-deep. After a childhood spent in Nazi-occupied Holland, the British beauty emerged as a Hollywood starlet. Audrey's acting displayed a rare charm and depth ~ capturing the coveted EGOT {winning an Emmy, Grammy, 2 Academy Awards and 2 Tonys}.

She was a film + style icon whose image as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s forever defined the little black dress. And, she was also an advocate for children, becoming a passionate goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Audrey was a star who set an example that few Hollywood ingénues have since matched.

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her quotes

all quotes by Audrey Hepburn (17)

"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."

Audrey Hepburn: Many-Sided Charmer | december 1953

"Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding out you're exactly the same."

on the opening night of Ondine | february 1954

"I did make an effort. But my looks are therefore attainable ... because they can look like Audrey Hepburn if they want to, by cutting off their hair, by buying the large glasses, by having the little sleeveless dresses."

with Barbara Walters | january 1989

"I created a look in order to make something of myself."

with Barbara Walters | 1989

"I have seen, in my travels to all these regions, but one glaring truth: These are not natural disasters but man-made tragedies for which there is only one man-made solution—peace."

Where Hope is the Last to Die | may 1989

"There is no deficit in human resources—the deficit is in human will."

Audrey Hepburn's Statement to members of the United Nations Staff | june 1989

"How is it that governments spend so much on warfare and bypass the needs of their children, their greatest capital, their only hope for peace?"

Audrey Hepburn's Statement to members of the United Nations Staff | june 1989

"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."

Audrey Hepburn | january 1990

"I’m glad I’ve got a name because I’m using it for what it’s worth."

Vanity Fair | january 1991

"To save a child is a blessing: to save a million is a God-given opportunity."

award ceremony for the Presidential Medal of Freedom | 1991

"I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it. That's what I'd like to think maybe has been the appeal."

The New York Times | february 1991

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh."

Vanity Fair | may 1991

"A child is a child is a child in any country, whatever its politics."

Audrey Hepburn on a Role | january 1992

"I've been asked about so-called 'compassion fatigue.' What I would like to say to that is, that it's nonexistent."

A Visit of Compassion to Somalia | october 1992

"Others come first. You come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up."

Envoy for the Starving | october 1992

"The human obligation is to help children who are suffering. The rest is luxury."

Envoy for the Starving | october 1992

"Is there anything more important than a child?"

Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit | published in 2003
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curated with care by Katherine Lupo + Shelagh Bolger {october 2014}