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The Fashion Icon

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Audrey Kathleen Hepburn was a film and fashion icon of the twentieth century and one of the most beloved actresses of all time. She was born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium. As a talented performer, Audrey Hepburn was known for her beauty, elegance and grace.

Born into a wealthy family her father an English banker and her mother a Dutch baroness. Her parents divorced when she was young and Audrey lived in the Netherlands and then London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. During much of World War II, she studied at the Arnhem Conservatory in The Netherlands. After the Nazis invaded the country, Hepburn and her mother struggled to survive.

After the war, Audrey continued to pursue an interest in dance. She studied ballet in Amsterdam and won a scholarship in London. She also began a modeling career. She was spotted by a producer while modeling and signed onto a small part in a European film in the Netherlands called 7 lessen in 1948. Later in 1948, Hepburn made her stage debut as a chorus girl in the musical High Button Shoes in London. She was a chorus girl in Sauce Tartare in 1949, but was moved to a featured player in Sauce Piquante in 1950. A year later, she made her feature film debut in One Wild Oat in an uncredited role. She went on to parts in such films as Young Wives' Tales and a lead role in The Lavender Hill Mob starring Alec Guiness. At the age of 22, she felt she wasn’t getting the parts she craved and went to New York. She landed a star role in the Broadway production of Gigi, based on the book by the French writer Colette. Her first Hollywood movie was in 1951 calledThe Roman Holiday where she was nominated for an Oscar for the first time and won. She made many movies in the following years but the ones below were some of the most popular.

In 1961, she starred in a classic movie named Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Holly is a New York City girl who loves Tiffany’s, the jewelry store, and was determined...