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21 Tragic Facts How Audrey Hepburn Went From Secret Resistance Messenger to Hollywood Golden Girl

By Andrew Alpin, 23 April 2018


You loved her in “Roman Holiday” and “My Fair Lady”. Her long black hand gloves and black gown remains an iconic emblem of fashion till today when she stole hearts and sang Moon River in Breakfast At Tiffany’s” but did you know the real tragic life of Audrey Hepburn? She became one of Hollywood’s most iconic and popular actresses of all time but it wasn’t an easy journey to Hollywood and some facts about her life will literally shock you in believing that she went through such experiences because more often than not, we tend to think every Hollywood star was born with silver spoons in their mouths. From eating only tulips to working for the resistance, this is the harsh path of Audrey Hepburn‘s journey to Hollywood.

1 Her Father Was a Nazi Sympathizer

Hepburn’s father Joseph was a fascist sympathizer who moves to England from their home in Brussels Belgium in 1935 and never kept in touch with her or her mother who was a Baroness was named Ella Von Heemstra. 

Hepburn mother

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2She Moved To Holland When Parents Divorced To Escape Nazi Invasion

Her parents divorced in 1938 and after a brief stint in London, her mother and she moved to Arnhem in the Netherlands. 

She Moved To Holland

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3She Continued To Study Dance


She changed her named to Eeda Von Heemstra as he mother felt her name sounded too British. Audrey studied ballet which was her passion while living in Holland. 

Audrey-Hepburn Continued To Study Dance

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4Holland Invaded By Germans

Holland was eventually occupied by the Nazis and from then on Hepburn’s life took a turn for the worse. 

Holland Invaded By Germans

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5She Witnessed Public Executions

Executions, families packed off to concentration camps, museums looted of artifacts and paintings, Hepburn has seen it all under Nazi occupation. Even her family wasn’t spared. 

Public Executions

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