Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Women We Love: Audrey Hepburn

Object of our affection: Audrey Hepburn, beloved award winning actress (including all of the top four: Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy) of stage and screen, fashion icon and selfless humanitarian.

- Her first leading role on film was in the classic romantic comedy Roman Holiday, which made her an instant star and brought the actress her first (and only successful) Oscar nomination. She would be nominated four more times, for Sabrina, The Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Wait Until Dark.

- Other classic movies she starred in include War and Peace, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, The Children's Hour, Charade, My Fair Lady, How to Steal a Million, Two for the Road and Robin and Marion. Her final film was Steven Spielberg's Always.

- She received two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway, one for her performance in Ondine and a special award in 1968. Her Broadway debut was as the title role in Gigi.

- Her Emmy and Grammy, which were both won posthumously, were for the PBS documentary series Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn and the spoken word album Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales, respectively.

- Other honors include the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, three BAFTA Film Awards, two Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She was also named the third greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999.

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