Audrey Hepburn passed away in 1993 aged 63, due to Appendicular cancer, but her extraordinary legacy still lives on today. 54 years on and Audrey’s iconic style with her pearl and glamorous shades, pencil dress, her classic up-do and flawless eyebrows are still recognizable in worldwide. Here are some of the interesting facts about the greatest actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn.
Lived through the Nazi occupation
Audrey Hepburn was living in the Netherlands with her family before the Nazis invaded the country. She lived through the occupation during which time the witnessed several members of her family being shot and as the results of the occupation she suffered malnutrition.
Audrey Hepburn was a trained ballet dancer before she began acting. She began training in Amsterdam and to train in London when she moved there. Despite her training, she only appeared in two musicals: Funny Face and My Fair lady.
Aristocratic background and multi-lingual
Baroness Ella van Heemstra, Audrey Hepburn’s mother was a Dutch aristocrat, her father was Baron Raynaud van, Heemstra. Audrey could speak five different languages fluently. She could speak Dutch, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Last film appearance in 1989
Audrey Hepburn appeared for the last time on screen in 1989 in a Steven Spielberg movie, ‘always’. In that movie, she made a cameo appearance as an angel.
A little black dress
Little black dress by Givenchy from worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie the Breakfast at Tiffany’s was sold for over $920,000 in 2006, making it the most expensive dress ever sold from a movie till it was surpassed by the dress from The ‘seven years Itch’ worn by Marilyn Monroe that was sold for $4.6 million.
After wearing the pencil dress in 1059 on the movie Breakfast at tiffany’s, she created another pencil skirt rage and the pencil dress would later become known as the little black dress. Her sense of fashion didn’t end at the movies, Audrey Hepburn was fond of pencil shirts even off stage. Pencil skirts faded a little during the 90s, but in the 2000s the perennial favorite is back.
The pencil skirt and pencil dress are all the rage again and again. Now they are available in a denim pencil skirt and leather pencil skirt. Not bad for a fashion that started simple, and many years down the line you can now wear them on almost every occasion.