Audrey Kathleen Ruston, better known as Audrey Hepburn, was born in Brussels on May 4th in 1929.
Hepburn's parents were of British, Dutch, and Austrian descent. Abandoned by her father, young Audrey and her mother Ella moved to the Netherlands at the onset of World War II in the hopes of escaping Nazi occupation. Relatives of the Hepburn family were deeply affected by the war, and Hepburn and her mother relocated again to be closer to family.
After the war ended, Hepburn and her family moved to Amsterdam. There, Hepburn began taking ballet lessons. She had her heart set on becoming a dancer, but after suffering from malnutrition during the war, her constitution could not be that of a prima ballerina. So Hepburn focused on acting instead.
She had her on-screen debut performance at 19 and appeared in several minor roles. While filming "Monte Carlo Baby", French writer Colette was taken by Hepburn and cast her in the stage adaptation of "Gigi".
Hepburn's first starring role came in "Roman Holiday" (1953). From then on, she quickly rose to success starring in many critically acclaimed films in the 1950s and 1960s, and winning a number of awards.
She also became a fashion icon (and was Givenchy's muse), effortlessly epitomizing chic, regal style in public, and dressing down to comfortable attire in her private life. She popularized black leggings, which she usually wore with flats.
Later on in life, Hepburn became increasingly involved in humanitarian work.