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Remembering the incredible woman that was Audrey Hepburn

One of the most extraordinary Hollywood actresses, Audrey Hepburn, passed away 23 years ago on January 20, 1993. She was never short of offers from the greatest film directors, but she dreamed of a quiet family life. Critics showered her with awards and glowing reviews, but she never thought of herself as a real actress. The whole world worshiped her beauty, but she considered herself very ordinary. 

We at Bright Side would like to confess our great love and endless respect for this truly unique woman.

So different, so divisive and so honest, Audrey Hepburn went down in history not only as a great actress, but also as a genuinely good and sincere person, who was trying to make this world a better place.

As a child, the future actress was reserved and quite sad. "More than anything I liked to play by myself. I wanted someone to understand me," said Audrey.

Audrey Hepburn never really dreamed of being an actress. She agreed to make her first professional stage appearance after the war just to earn some money.

Success came to her very early. Hepburn's very first major Hollywood movie — "Roman Holiday" — brought her worldwide fame and her first Oscar in 1953.

It is no secret that Audrey was a good friend and a muse to Hubert de Givenchy. Looking back on their relationship, the great fashion designer said, "Just thinking about her was enough to fill my head with new ideas."

From an early age, Audrey dreamed of a large and happy family. Instead of going to endless parties and fashion shows, she wanted to cook dinners and meet her husband after work, just like a normal, loving wife.

Remembering her first marriage, the actress wrote, "I never wanted a divorce. I hate that word. My idea was to get married once and for all."

Hepburn had been suffering from neurotic depression ever since she was a child, and her several failed pregnancies were especially hard for her. As the actress later admitted, "After yet another miscarriage, I was almost on the verge of insanity."

Motherhood was her most cherished dream, and she gave birth to her long-awaited first child when she was 30.

Audrey Hepburn loved and cared for animals. Over the years, she had a lot of pets: a Yorkie, a Poodle, a Jack Russell Terrier, a cat and even a wild deer called Pippin.

Hepburn considered her work in "The Nun's Story" to be the piece of which she was most proud. The character she created, Sister Luke, became one of the brightest characters in cinematic history.

On the set of "Two for the Road," Audrey and her co-star, Albert Finney, struck up a romance. "She and Albie had this wonderful thing together," said their mutual friend Irwin Shaw. "They were like a couple of kids with the jokes that only they could understand."

Despite all of the problems in her personal life as well as her depression, Audrey Hepburn remained a very sincere person with an open heart and charming sense of humor. As the actress used to say, "I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person."

From 1988 until her untimely death, the actress had been proudly serving as a UNICEF Special Ambassador, helping children who suffered from hunger and the horrors of war. She carried out several humanitarian projects and was awarded the United States' highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Audrey Hepburn died of cancer at 63, surrounded by her family and friends. She lived a hard, but definitely interesting and unusual life. It was full of both bitterness and sadness, and infinite joy and love.

The actress used to say that she "was born with an incredible desire to love and a passionate need to give it. Love is the most unique contribution — the more you give it, the more it is born in you."

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