Did you know that Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels?


Audrey Hepburn was born in Ixelles on 4 May 1929. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was originally from Holland and married an Anglo-Irishman, Joseph Ruston. They moved to Ixelles, known at the time for being a community of students, artists and intellectuals in Brussels. Audrey Hepburn lived in Ixelles for two years before the family moved to Linkebeek in the Brussels Periphery.

While she was initially destined to become a dancer, it was in cinema that Audrey Hepburn made her name. Gigi (1951) introduced her to the world of cinema. A few years later, she would win the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Roman Holiday (1953).

Her other successes include War and Peace (1951) Sabrina (1953), My Fair Lady (1964), Charade (1963), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967).

Winning several awards for her cinema roles, Audrey Hepburn was for many a fashion icon, embodying the style created by her friend, the dress designer Hubert de Givenchy.

A committed woman, Audrey Hepburn was known for her humanitarian actions as a UNICEF Ambassador from 1988 to 1992. Actions that have continued after her death, with the creation of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.