When it comes to class and character, not many women can exceed Audrey Hepburn, one of the most iconic and successful stars of her era. Her name is synonymous with an ethereal combination of 1950s and 1960s retro fashion, supreme elegance, and childlike innocence. She stood among stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as the epitome of female glamour. As a decorated and award-winning actress, Audrey was known for the powerful yet, classy female roles she played in some of today’s greatest classic movies. While her work in the film industry has brought her world-renowned success, it is her captivating charisma and sophisticated style that has been regarded for nearly half a century. What seems to appeal about Audrey to girls today is not at all different from what women liked about her then. She was the link between three distant subjects back in her day:--femininity, strength, and ideology. She represented a figure all girls not only wanted to be, but could be. In other words, Audrey Hepburn was possible.
Audrey Hepburn was an iconic Academy Award-winning actress and humanitarian who starred in hit movies during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium, she lived with her mother in the Netherlands during the harsh circumstances of the Nazi occupation. Her experience under Hitler’s regime was so similar to that of Anne Frank’s that, according to Audrey, “If you read the diary [of Anne Frank], I’ve marked one place where she says, ‘Five hostages shot today’. That was the day my uncle was shot. And in this child’s words, I was reading about what was inside me and is still there. It was a catharsis for me. This child who was locked up in four walls had written a full report of everything I’d experienced and felt” (Harris). Audrey’s adolescent years had been filled with terror and intimidation under the Nazi occupation. When she finally read the words of Anne Frank’s diary, she was surprised as to how much she could relate to the young girl’s experience. Furthermore, Audrey’s struggle with severe starvation during the Dutch famine of 1944 left scarring effects, as traces of her malnutrition never really did disappear. Shortly after she attempted to pursue a ballet career, Audrey was forced to discontinue her training after realizing that her thin, fragile frame and lack of sturdy muscles could not physically support her dancing goals. Fortunately, she was soon discovered for an acting career starting with the lead role in the Broadway production of Gigi.
It was in this field that Audrey Hepburn would stun the world with her timeless performances playing opposite some of the greatest leading men of her day. She would star in romances, comedies, dramas, and even thrillers that would play generations after their production. And the characters she portrayed would later strike a chord with audiences because of their fresh, sophisticated portrayals of females. Audrey Hepburn's individuality both...