Hepburn By The Men Who Loved Her
In the early s Audrey Hepburn was engaged to the young James Hanson. Next, Audrey met Mel Ferrer at a party hosted by Gregory Peck, and quickly fell. Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and .. At a cocktail party hosted by mutual friend Gregory Peck, Hepburn met American actor Mel Ferrer, and suggested that they star. HOLLYWOOD was seduced by Audrey Hepburn. with Audrey," says Gregory Peck a lifetime friend who also worked with her for UNICEF.
He joined an even more extreme splinter group. Shortly after returning from the tour of Germany, Joseph walked out on his wife and the six-year-old Audrey.
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I worshipped him and missed him terribly from the day he disappeared. She saw trainloads of Jews being deported, their faces peering through the slit at the top of meat wagons.
Families, babies, little children being herded like animals for slaughter. I remember, very sharply, one little boy standing with his parents on the platform, very pale, very blond, wearing a coat that was much too big for him, and he stepped onto the train. I was a child observing a child. Her half brothers had refused to join the Nazi youth camp, where Aryan boys underwent strenuous physical training before joining the Nazi movement. As punishment, the eldest, Alexander, was sent to a forced labor camp for the rest of the war.
For three years, Audrey and her family listened to Freedom Radio for news of any Allied successes in the war. But there were none—not until I knew the cold clutch of human terror all through my early teens; I saw it, felt it, heard it—and it never goes away.
All the acting lessons were during those years of horror when she pretended not to care simply to survive. But she was secretly passing messages to the Dutch resistance. She suffered from malnutrition during World War 2 Bythe Germans had tightened the noose around the Netherlands as the threat of Allied invasion looked imminent.
Food shortages had reached crisis levels. But she found temporary distraction from hunger pangs by giving dancing lessons. She survived the Dutch famine during the winter of by eating tulip bulbs. Even with her weight falling to just 90 lbs, she continued to give dance lessons to help her family and the Dutch resistance. During World War 2, Audrey secretly danced for groups of people to collect money for the Dutch resistance.
She later remarked, The best audience I ever had made not a single sound at the end of my performances. Despite years of training, she would never perform a full ballet. She lived for 20 years in Rome. There were a lot of tender feelings that we projected onto the screen. I told my agent I wanted her to co-star because it was obvious she was going to be big and maybe win the Academy Award she did.
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Hepburn's life has been full of drama, of suffering, and although something of her early appeal lay in her appearance of innocence, from her teenage days there was always a man in her life. The first man to hurt her was her father. She was six when her father vanished from her life after divorcing her mother.
As war loomed over Europe, her mother moved from Belgium to Arnhem where she had relatives. Hepburn and her half-brothers Alexander and Jan joined day schools in the town and she also enrolled in the Arnhem Conservatory of Music and Dance.
In Maythe Germans invaded Holland, and the Nazi terror began. Her uncle and one of her mother's cousins were shot as "enemies of the Third Reich". Her mother publicly played a neutral game but quietly joined the Dutch Resistance.
Inthe family home was commandeered and all her rights and deeds cancelled. Because her half-brothers refused to join the Nazi Youth organisation, Alexander was sent to a labour camp in Germany, although Jan escaped that punishment.
The teenaged Audrey Hepburn and her mother got their revenge by hiding resistance men. Hepburn made a little extra money by teaching dancing and piano but by the Arnhem Conservatory of Music was also a front for Operation Diver — an organisation that specialised in hiding and helping Dutch patriots. Hepburn and other youngsters acted as secret couriers and agents.
She was sent on several missions to deliver messages to British troops and was often in danger of discovery and arrest. After the battle at Arnhem in SeptemberHepburn and her family survived the harsh winter by eating anything they could find, including grass.
She later developed, hepatitis. In MayArnhem was liberated.
Her mother got a job as a cook in Amsterdam and the family lived in a tiny apartment. Audrey never fully recovered from the war — she lacked muscular strength. And over the years she suffered from asthma which was one of the reasons she adopted Switzerland as her home as she found it easier to breathe in the mountains.
Today, a different but equally vicious disease, cancer, has once again made her gaunt and her limbs weak. In an interview before she had a malignant tumour removed from her colon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, she recalled the war years: I had jaundice during that last six months.
My mother and aunt and I ate very little. We ate a few turnips, we made flour from tulip bulbs. In the winter there was nothing.
In the spring we picked anything we could in the countryside.