look-alikes: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) was an iconic Academy Award-winning actress, fashion model and humanitarian: she also had the reputation of being a humble, kind and charming person.

Born in Ixelles, Belgium, as Audrey Kathleen Ruston, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands. She studied ballet in Arnhem and then moved to London in 1948, where she continued to train in ballet and worked as a photographer’s model. She appeared in several European films before starring in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi. She starred in Roman Holiday (1953), winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. She also won a Tony Award for her performance in Ondine (1954). She is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. She became one of the most successful film actresses in the world, becoming only the third actor to receive $1,000,000 for a film role. In 1999, she was posthumously ranked as the third greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1961.

She worked for UNICEF from the 1950s, during her later life she dedicated much of her time and energy to the organization. In 1992, Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

The portrayals

Face Forward (2000): Here she was portrayed by Calista Flockhart in a photoshoot with a lot of help from the late Kevyn Aucoin – one of many such transformations by him.

The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000): A tatty made-for-TV biopic featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt who Variety generous described as being ‘not quite up to an impossible task’ – recreating ‘the charm and beauty that was Audrey Hepburn’. Bonita DeHaven was Jennifer Love Hewitt’s makeup artist.