Audrey (Ruston) Hepburn
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Audrey Kathleen (Ruston) Hepburn (1929 - 1993)

Audrey Kathleen Hepburn formerly Ruston aka Dottie, Ferrer
Born in Ixelles, Brabant, Belgiquemap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 25 Sep 1954 (to 1968) [location unknown]
Wife of — married 18 Jan 1969 (to 1982) [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1982 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Mother of [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Suissemap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Aug 2014 | Last significant change: 24 May 2021
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Actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist Audrey Hepburn was born to Joseph Ruston & Ella Heemstra as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium.

"Hepburn was a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother was a Dutch baroness, and her father, born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and of English and Austrian descent, worked in business. In the movies she appeared as a delicate adolescent, a look which remained until her last movie Always (1989) directed by Steven Spielberg. Her career as actress began in the English cinema and after having been selected for the Broadway play "Gigi" she debuted in Hollywood in 1953. With Roman Holiday (1953) she won an Oscar; her favorite genres were the comedies like Sabrina (1954) or Love in the Afternoon (1957). At the end of the sixties she retired from Hollywood but appeared from time on the set for a few films. From 1988 on she worked also for UNICEF."[1]

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm
Audrey had the reputation of being a humble, kind and charming person, who lived the philosophy of putting others before herself. She showed this side particularly towards the end of her life in her work for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). New Woman magazine called Audrey the most beautiful woman of all time, in a 2006 poll. She was ranked as the third greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute.[2]



Father: John Victor Hepburn-Ruston (b. 1889)
Mother: Ella van Heemstra (b. 1900)
Boyfriend: William Holden (actor, during filming of Sabrina in 1953 or 1954)
Husband: Mel Ferrer (actor, m. 25-Sep-1954, div. 5-Dec-1968, one son)
Son: Sean H. Ferrer (b. 17-Jul-1960)
Husband: Andrea Dotti (b. 1938, m. 18-Jan-1969, div. 1982, d. 2007, one son)
Son: Luca Dotti (b. 8-Feb-1970)
Boyfriend: Ben Gazzara
Boyfriend: Robert Wolders (actor, together 1980 until her death)


Audrey (Ruston) Hepburn was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1992 by President George Bush[3]

Oscar for Best Actress: 1954 for Roman Holiday
Golden Globe: 1954 for Roman Holiday
Golden Globe: 1955 World Film Favorite, Female
Emmy: 1993 for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 1650 Vine St.
Miscarriage: twice
UNICEF Celebrity spokesman
Asteroid Namesake 4238 Audrey
Risk Factors: Depression, Smoking


  1. IMDB Biography
  3. 3.0 3.1 NNDB

See Also:

  • "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 March 2021), Audrey Edda Van Heemstra Hepburn Ruston, Texas, United States, 21 Jan 1993; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing Houston Chronicle, born-digital text.

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... you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others." and about her by John Isaac chief of the UN Photo Unit "Often the kids would have flies all over them, but she would just go hug them. I had never seen that. Other people had a certain amount of hesitation, but she would just grab them. Children would just come up to hold her hand, touch her - she was like the Pied Piper."

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my Daughter, pgs 8-9, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
She was a child in Nazi-occupied Holland and had nothing to eat, she almost starved. She had to witness her uncle's execution by firing squad and watching innocent families shipped off via trains, she knew it could be worse. She knew she would be ok when a forerunner of UNICEF brought her food and medicine. After she made it big as an actress, she could have just said oh well, but she did not. She reached out to UNICEF. She made over 50 trips, never forgetting what was done for her, to different countries that were the poorest and most desperate. She was quoted as saying "Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember ...
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy