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Audrey Hepburn

  • Belgian actress
  • Born May 4, 1929
  • Died January 20, 1993

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Born in Ixelles, Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell.


People in Ethiopia, the Sudan, etc., don't know Audrey Hepburn, but they recognize the name UNICEF. When they see UNICEF, their faces light up, because they know that something is happening. In the Sudan, for example, they call a water pump 'UNICEF.'




The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.




I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, I lacked the experience.




Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.

Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.




I don't believe in collective guilt, but I do believe in collective responsibility.




I'm an introvert... I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.




I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.




The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.

The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters.




Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once.




I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles.




The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.

The 'Third World' is a term I don't like very much because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.




Water is life, and clean water means health.




Everything I learned I learned from the movies.




There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion.




I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone.




Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.

Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you're exactly the same.




There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.




Actually, you have to be a little bit in love with your leading man and vice versa. If you're going to portray love, you have to feel it. You can't do it any other way. But you don't carry it beyond the set.




Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.




I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.




My first big mission for UNICEF in Ethiopia was just to attract attention, before it was too late, to conditions which threatened the whole country. My role was to inform the world, to make sure that the people of Ethiopia were not forgotten.




If I get married, I want to be very married.

If I get married, I want to be very married.




The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.




It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss, dear; get on with it.'




I'm half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I'd be in a hell of a mess!

I'm half-Irish, half-Dutch, and I was born in Belgium. If I was a dog, I'd be in a hell of a mess!




People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.




The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.




Paris is always a good idea.

Paris is always a good idea.




Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics.




For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.




There is a moral obligation that those who have should give to those who don't.




I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.




When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.

When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that's when I think life is over.




You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.




As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.




The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.



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