A Tribute to Audrey Hepburn

"If I blow my nose, it gets written all over the world." - Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn

Five movies listed as Top U.S. love stories:
Hepburn starred in five of the movies listed by American Film Institute in its Top 100 U.S. love stories (2002). They are Roman Holiday (1953), ranked #4 on the list, My Fair Lady (1964) ranked #12, Sabrina (1954) ranked #54, Two for the Road (1967) at #57, and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) #61.

Extraordinary linguistic abilities:
She was fluent in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, and Flemish.

Best Actress Jitters:
Audrey Hepburn won the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award for Roman Holiday (1953). On March 25th, 1954, she accepted the award from Academy president Jean Hersholt. After accepting the award, Audrey kissed him smack on the mouth, instead of the cheek, in childish excitement.

Minutes after accepting her 1953 Oscar, Audrey realized that she'd misplaced it. Turning quickly on the steps of the Center Theater in New York, she raced back to the ladies' room, retrieved the award, and was ready to pose for photographs.

Sex Appeal:
* Ranked number fifty in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

* Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.

* Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#8).

Screen Legend:
* The American Film Institute ranked Audrey Hepburn at number three on its list of the twenty five greatest female screen legends of all time.

* Entertainment Weekly Magazine listed Audrey Hepburn as number sixteen on their list of the 100 Greatest Entertainers.

Near-death experience:
At six weeks old, Audrey developed a bad case of whooping cough. Audrey's mother, Ella Van Heemstra, a Christian Scientist at the time, prayed rather than take Audrey to the doctor. After one bad coughing fit, baby Audrey stopped breathing. Her mother revived her with "a little spanking and a lot of faith."

Audrey later told her son that if she were to ever write an autobiography, it would begin, "I was born in Brussels, Belgium, on May 4, 1929 ... and I died six weeks later."

Colorful eater:
Audrey, an excellent cook, believed that foods should be colorfully combined the plate: "It isn't very interesting to eat a plate full of white, therefore it can't be very good for you either," she said to her sons. Sean explains that she designed a healthy diet "with a little style and color coordination, [and her children] ended up with a portion from all the food groups."

Chocolate chased away the blues:
Each day, after her afternoon nap, Audrey would have one piece of chocolate to "chase away the blues" during the long hours of film production.

Birthday wishes:
Audrey Hepburn sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to President John F. Kennedy for his final birthday in 1963.

Garden honor:
A breed of tulip was named after Hepburn in 1990.

Walk this way:
A street in Doorn, Netherlands is named "Audrey Hepburn Laan" (Audrey Hepburn Lane), dedicated to her in 1959.

Thanks to The Internet Movie Database, Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, and The Audrey Hepburn Treasures.

A Tribute to Audrey Hepburn