Audrey Hepburn, Hollywood diva who never stopped believing in love

Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston in 1929 in Brussels, the famous actress died in 1993 in Switzerland, at the age of 64. During her childhood, her mother, Baroness Ella von Hiemstra, taught her etiquette and noble manners, telling her that a woman’s strongest weapon is femininity and a smile.

However, Audrey’s childhood was also marked by great pain because of her father, banker Jozef Victor Antonio Raston, who left the family home when the actress was six years old.

Hepburn described her father’s departure as “the most traumatic thing that ever happened to her”, and for years she tried to find him, which she finally succeeded in doing. She found her seriously ill father in Ireland, and until his death she sent him financial aid.

She moved around Europe with her mother, living in dilapidated apartments, while both did various jobs to survive. Audrey attended ballet school at the same time, and after the end of World War II, they moved to London. “As an actress I could earn three pounds more than as a ballerina, so an acting career was the best solution,” she once said.

In Hollywood, everyone heard about Audrey in 1953, thanks to her role in the legendary film Holiday in Rome. This was followed by a move to Los Angeles, a contract with the film studio “Paramount”, but also numerous love sufferings.

And a year before Hollywood fame, Audrey experienced a big love disappointment when she had already chosen the wedding date and the dress, and then realized that the marriage with James Hanson would not work out due to business commitments. Nevertheless, she often emphasized that she experienced “love at first sight” with him.

During the filming of the film Sabrina, when she met designer Ibero de Givenchy and became his muse, Audrey fell madly in love with actor William Holden, who was married at the time. Although she fantasized that he would leave his wife for her and start a family with her, she found out that he underwent a vasectomy, after which she realized that the relationship would not come true. “I have a very loving nature. I have this bad trait that when I start a romance, I immediately imagine myself with that man in old age, and later I suffer,” the actress once said.

She met her first husband, Mel Ferrer, in 1954, and in 1960, the couple had a son, Sean. Then their marriage began to fall apart, and the public blamed his difficult temper. Audrey also experienced two miscarriages, and doctors warned her that it was due to too much stress. There were also rumors that her husband was physically and mentally abusing her, which is why she could not carry the pregnancy, but also that he had numerous lovers, which is why their love ended after 14 years together.

She said her second “fatal yes” in 1969 to the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Doti, whom she met while traveling with friends in Greece. A year later, the couple had a son, Luka, and 13 years later, Audrey was alone again, when she found out that her husband had several younger lovers.

“Both times I waited for my sons to grow up to get a divorce. I didn’t want the boys to be without fathers when they were little. Their births are two of the most beautiful things that have happened in my life. Motherhood and childbirth are the most beautiful experiences in the world,” said Audrey.

After numerous blows in life, the actress never married again. So, since 1980, she lived with the actor Robert Volders, whom she met towards the end of her second marriage. On one occasion, she revealed that those nine years with him were the best time of her life.

When returning from Somalia in 1992, where she worked with UNICEF, the Hollywood actress began to feel unbearable pain, and soon it was established that she was suffering from colon and lung cancer.

Audrey Hepburn died in January 1993, and her grave in Switzerland is still full of flowers.


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