Birth: May 4,1929
Death: 20 January, 1993
Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4th 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was born into a privileged family: her mother Ella was a Dutch baroness and her British father Joseph had a good job at a loan company in Belgium. Audrey also had two half brothers from her mother’s previous marriage: Ian and Alex. At age 5 Audrey entered a boarding school in England and it was there that she fell in love with ballet, a lifelong passion. But all was not well in the family: Joseph was a heavy drinker and left when Audrey was six. Little Audrey was devastated and begged for her father to have visitation rights. He eventually got them, but he never visited her.
It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn’t, and when it does, we may well reject it. – Spencer Tracy
The recently divorced Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) falls for down-on-his-luck cowboy Gaylord Langland (Clark Gable). She joins him and his partners Guido (Eli Wallach) and Perce (Montgomery Clift) in the Nevada country. But Roslyn gets angry with the men when she finds out that the reason they look for ‘misfits’ (wild horses that are too small for any work) is to have them killed and turned into dog food.
Audrey Hepburn’s oldest son, Sean Ferrer, is in a legal battle with the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. The fund, which raises money for children’s charities by exhibiting Audrey Hepburn memorabilia—centered mostly on a collection of Givenchy gowns—around the world, filed a lawsuit against Ferrer on Wednesday, claiming he’s impeding the charity’s fundraising for his own benefit. The Chairman of the Board of the Fund is his half-brother Luca Dotti.
Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher. Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher. “The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” Todd said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”
Peter O’Toole was not just one of the most charismatic actors of his time, he was also a Classic Hollywood staple. He starred in the classic feauture Lawrence of Arabia, was friends with Richard Burton and worked with classic leading ladies like Audrey Hepburn.
A much publicised sale of hundreds of items of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia is to be held on 17 November. The auction, at Julien’s in Los Angeles, includes innumerable dresses such as the one Marilyn wore when she sag ‘Happy Birthday’ to John F Kennedy (estimated at $3.3m) and a great deal of jewellery, such as a diamond cocktail watch (estimated at $100,000).