Known for her outstanding talent, her impeccable sense of fashion, as well as her selfless and widespread humanitarian work, Audrey Hepburn was a true superstar. Here are 5 surprising things you didn’t know about this icon of screen and stage.
She Almost Didn’t Get Cast as Holly Golightly
Audrey Hepburn acted in numerous well loved films over the course of her career, but undoubtedly her most iconic role was that of Holly Golightly. Not only is the film an absolute classic, but it defined her style-wise for the rest of her career. It’s funny then to think that she almost never got the part in the first place, as writer Truman Capote was set on having Marilyn Monroe in the lead role. Monroe turned the role down with her agent against her playing a call girl, and the rest, as they say, is history.
She Belongs to the Illustrious EGOT Club
EGOT is an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, four of the most respected industry awards on offer. To win one is an outstanding feat, but to be in receipt of all four over the course of a career is even more special, with only 12 people able to boast of having done so. Audrey Hepburn was of course in this very exclusive club having won an Emmy for Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn, a Grammy for Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales which was a spoken word album, a Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday, and a Tony for Best Actress in the play Ondine.
Audrey Hepburn Wasn’t Her Real Name
Audrey Hepburn, was in fact not called Audrey Hepburn at all. She was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929, but changed her name to Hepburn for professional reasons before entering acting. It wasn’t a random choice though, her father had changed the family name from simply Ruston to Hepburn-Ruston to reflect his lineage, so she simply dropped the second half of this new name.
She Spoke Multiple Languages
Not only was Audrey Hepburn a supremely talented performer, but she was also very capable when it came to speaking languages. In fact, she spoke 5 different languages fluently, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian. Dutch and English she learned from birth, becoming proficient in the others throughout the rest of her life.
The Singing in My Fair Lady Isn’t Her Voice
Winner of eight Academy Awards and voted one of the top 100 greatest films of all time, My Fair Lady is one of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous roles. However, despite the fact that she played the lead role in the famous musical, it’s not her voice that you hear singing. The singing was actually done by Marni Nixon, a singer employed regularly to overdub the singing parts in numerous well known Hollywood films. When Hepburn discovered this was going to be the case she wasn’t too impressed, but was unable to prevent it from happening.
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