Behind the signature sunglasses and the string of pearls, was a woman living in heartbreak and fear. Many people know Audrey Hepburn for her huge success behind the camera as a Hollywood Star, or even for her intense humanitarian work, however, there's much more to discover. I may arguably be the biggest Hepburn fan out there (only a few thousand books put me to this title), but I still don't know everything there is to know! If you have any exclusive/ interesting information - please jot it down in the comments! But for the meantime, here are ten things you probably didn't know about Audrey...
- Audrey Hepburn suffered many harsh blows in her childhood that affected her later life - her father leaving the family aged six, the sudden outbreak of war, living under a Nazi-occupied Holland, her uncle being shot by the Nazis and suffering from numerous malnourished-related illnesses.
- During her time in Holland, she resorted to eating tulip bulbs and attempted to bake grass into bread. When the war was over, an American solider gave her a chocolate bar, only later to find it made her sick because of the sudden sugar rush. She never fully regained her weight, and remained slight for the rest of her life.
- She was always conscience about her feet, which were size 10.
- Audrey beat Marilyn Monroe to the lead role in Breakfast at Tiffany's...and Elizabeth Taylor for Roman Holiday. What a babe.
- Audrey lived in Switzerland for nearly the whole of her adult life, in a cottage near Lucerne called 'La Paisible' ('the peaceful'). It still remains today, untouched since the last time Audrey was there.
- Her favourite colour was white.
- Hepburn 'birthed' many fashion trends; she was the first person to wear ballet flats outside of a studio, the first to wear all-black, an LDB, androgynous clothing etc. Audrey, we salute and thank you.
- She loathed Danish pastries - making the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany's a little less enjoyable to film.
- Her mother once remarkably said to her "for someone with no talent, it's incredible how far you've come". They endured a strange, but still loving, relationship.
- There will never be another Audrey.
What's your favourite Audrey film? Mine is Funny Face, bien sûr!