The hard life of Audrey Hepburn – Part two

The hard life of Audrey Hepburn he did not destroy the most important thing in it: humanity!

This is the second part of her biography.

Childhood trauma

The famous actress Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium on May 4, 1929, as the only child of the English banker Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and Baroness Ella van Hemstra, a member of the Dutch aristocracy. Her father only later added the surname Hepburn.

She had two half-brothers from her mother’s first marriage to a Dutch nobleman. Her female ancestors were French and English kings, so she belonged to the highest stratum of society. Just three weeks after the birth, she contracted a so-called whooping cough and her heart stopped for a few minutes.

Her mother refused to call a doctor, because she was a follower of a sect that did not support medicine, so she revived her daughter with blows. Her parents’ marriage was full of disagreements, so growing up was very difficult for Audrey. When she turned nine, her parents finally divorced, and later in interviews, the legendary actress stated that she never recovered from her parents’ divorce.

After her father, as a sympathizer of the Nazis, left their family home, custody of her belonged to her mother, who continued to live in the Netherlands, in Arnhem. Audrey often cited this event as the most traumatic in her life. Years later, she tried to find him, which she eventually succeeded in doing. She found her father in Dublin, very ill, and although they did not become close, she supported him until his death.

“I took my parents’ departure very hard. My father left us in 1935, and my mother then explained to me that he had gone on a trip and that he did not believe he would ever return. The war soon began and I was worried if he well and is he alive at all. I wrote him letters every day about everything that was happening to me but my mother never sent them because she didn’t know where he was.Day by day I learned to live with not having a father but became I am very jealous of other girls who had a dad. When the war ended, a huge curiosity was born in me that I didn’t even know I had until then. Through the Red Cross I learned that she lived in Ireland, in Dublin, but I needed a lot more years to dare to write him a letter again. When that happened, at the age of twenty-five, I was mature enough and realized that just because he left didn’t mean he didn’t love me. I gathered my strength and went to see him. I never didn’t hate because my mother always spoke positively about him and that’s why I was infinitely grateful to her wave. She made me very proud of my dad, “Audrey recalled.

Her mother taught her aristocratic manners from her earliest childhood and explained that her strongest weapons at every opportunity should be femininity and a smile. Since she was very withdrawn, her mother came up with the idea to send her to an English boarding school to start hanging out with her peers.

Moving to Norway

She did great there, she even started attending a small ballet school, but with the beginning of the German occupation of Europe, the actress went to Norway with her mother because they thought she would be safe there. However, the war reached that country as well, so she was forced to change her name to Ed for a while, because Audrey was too English for that area. She lived in a dilapidated apartment where she fell ill with anemia, and it was in those years that she first felt what suffering looked like, which later made her a great fighter for human rights.

She read books and lay in bed so as not to think about hunger, and in time she came up with the idea of dancing in the street to raise money for the resistance movement. Due to malnutrition, her metabolism completely changed, so she remained thin throughout her life.

“I will never forget the horrible scenes I saw then. Every day they took trucks full of Jews to concentration camps. I still remember the moment when I saw a blond boy quietly going to a safe death. He wore a few numbers bigger coat and I had a smile on my face. That’s why I dedicated my life to work at UNICEF, “said the artist, who in addition to ballet in her youth loved to paint, and some of her works can still be found among collectors today.

The beginning of a film career

After the war, Audrey moved with her mother to London. In order to survive, her mother did various jobs, from cleaning lady to governess. That’s why Audrey started earning money, which was just enough to keep her hungry the next day. She continued to do ballet, danced in nightclubs and worked as a photo model.

“It was a difficult time, but I never cried over my fate. My mother always sewed beautiful dresses and I didn’t notice any poverty”, said the actress, who began her career in 1948 with a small role in the documentary “The Netherlands in Seven Lessons”, and in 1951 she got her first significant role in the film” Stories of Young Wives “.

After that, she decided to go to the United States. Initially, she practiced acting solely for financial reasons to help her mother with expenses. Her first major role was in the 1951 film The Secret People, in which she played a ballerina. He later starred in a musical comedy on Broadway called “Gigi”. She received the Theater World Award for this role. After that, in 1953, he made the film “Holiday in Rome” with Gregory Peck and won the Oscar for Best Leading Actress.

Rumors that a love affair developed between her and Gregory Peck during filming, he flatly denied, while she stated the following: “Actually, you have to be a little in love with your film partner, and vice versa. If you want to present love to people, you have to feel it. “That’s the only way. Of course, the romance ends when the shooting is over”.

Loss of children

At the beginning of her career, she was in a relationship with James Hanson, who proposed to her. Although she loved him, acting was her number one priority, and since she knew she would not be able to continue her business if she became James’ wife, she made a difficult but, as time has shown, good decision and refused marriage. After the great success of her favorite film “Holiday in Rome”, she shot “Sabrina” with William Holden and fell in love with him, even though he was still married. She believed that she would divorce, and then marry her and start a new family. However, when she found out that he had done a vasectomy, she realized that she would never be able to be with such a man.

“I was madly in love with him, as I was with many others, because I’m in love. I dreamed of the day I would become a mother, so we had to separate, “she once explained to Audrey, who met her first husband, Mel Ferrer, in 1954, and they were married the same year. Although it was rumored that this marriage would not last long due to his supernatural nature, the two of them loved each other a lot and were happy together. Before they had a son, Sean, in 1960, Audrey had two miscarriages, one in March 1955, and the other during the filming of “The Unforgiven”, when she fell off a horse and injured her spine.

Doctors told her that she had both abortions due to great stress, and some tabloids wrote that her husband was physically and mentally abusing her, and that she could not carry the pregnancy because of that.

“The moments when you find out you’ve lost a child last like years. It’s scary when someone tells you that your baby died in your womb. Both times my heart broke to pieces because I really wanted to be a mother. I loved Mel very much and I never will. Say no ugly words about him. I was happy with him, or I just thought so, now it doesn’t matter anymore. I don’t like people to think I’m sad, I can’t stand pity in any sense, I want them to love me for the positive energy that I pass it on to them, “said Audrey, who divorced Ferrer after fourteen years of marriage, and it was rumored that it happened because he had countless mistresses, as well as that she began to feel something towards the actor Albert Fini.

At the beginning of January 1969, Audrey said a fateful yes again, this time to the Italian psychiatrist Andreja Doti when she met her while traveling in Greece. The two had a son, Luka, in 1970, only to divorce him after thirteen years because she found out that he had several younger mistresses. She did it at a time when she estimated that Sean and Luke were old enough and how they could live with a single mother.

“Both times I waited for my sons to grow up to divorce. I didn’t want the boys to be left without fathers when they were little. Their births are the two most beautiful things that have happened to me in my life. Motherhood and childbirth are the most beautiful experiences you can have. “The arrival of a child in the world is a real miracle,” said the diva, who withdrew from the film world due to a high-risk pregnancy while carrying Luka and worked only occasionally, only to return to the big screen in 1979 in the film “Bloodline”.

“Working on the film has always been an amazing experience for me and provided me with a huge amount of fun and laughter”.

“I was happy on set, even when my private life wasn’t going well, and then I got a little tired of the glamour and fake smiles. I was grumpy and decided to retire for a while and enjoy other things, without Hollywood parties and gossip. I wanted to be a normal person who dedicates all day to my sons, “explained Audrey, who has lived with her since 1980. actor Robert Volders, but did not want to remarry because she stopped believing in marriage as an institution.

“Robert is a wonderful person, we respect and support each other. He gets along great with my sons and that’s very important to me. I’m not getting married anymore, there’s no need for that, it’s nice for us like this, and I don’t want my kids to think I’m theirs found a replacement, “said the famous actress who was also a UNICEF ambassador. She dedicated her life to fighting for better conditions for children living in poverty, and in 1992, US President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her dedicated work. When she returned from Somalia in early 1992, where she traveled with UNICEF, Audrey arrived in Switzerland and began to feel extremely severe pain.

Because she struggled with various diseases all her life, over the years they only multiplied. Although she underwent colon cancer surgery in 1993 in Los Angeles, the procedure did not help her and the cancer continued to spread. Doctors then suggested chemotherapy that would stop the progression of malignant cells and temporarily help her, but the actress refused, which is why the disease took hold. She passed away on January 20, 1993, she was buried in Switzerland, and many fans still bring baskets of flowers to her grave.

A biographical film “The Audrey Hepburn Story” was made about the actress’ life. The U.S. Post Office issued a postage stamp in her honor in 2003. Empire magazine ranked her among the 100 greatest movie stars of all time, and People in 1990 among the 50 most beautiful people in the world. She was fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Italian. She was shortlisted for the role of Cleopatra (1963), which was given to Elizabeth Taylor. She was offered a role in the film “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959), but she refused because she did not want to survive the painful memories of the war again. Rex Harrison called Audrey his favorite lead actress. Carrie Grant once said, “All I want for Christmas is to make another film with Audrey,” and she remained friends with Gregory Peck for the rest of her life. After her death, Peck recited her favorite song “Love That Doesn’t Stop” in front of the camera.



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