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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn
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Benny Stilling, active c. 1940 - 1969
Audrey Hepburn, 4 May 1929 - 20 Jan 1993
Color lithographic poster adhered to canvas mount
Sheet: 84 × 61 cm (33 1/16 × 24")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Born Brussels, Belgium
Whether playing a princess or a bookstore clerk, Audrey Hepburn epitomized elegance and grace. Despite a difficult youth in Nazi-occupied Holland, two failed marriages, and prolonged periods of self-doubt, she projected an effortless poise onscreen and in public, as well as a doe-eyed impishness that made her a leading box-office star. At a time when women were often cast as the love interests of male leads, Hepburn insisted on playing central characters. As Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)—with her large sunglasses, oversize cigarette holder, and little black Givenchy dress—she became a trendsetting icon for a new generation of American women. During the last five years of her life, Hepburn shifted her focus to the plight of suffering chil dren around the globe. In 1992, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Nacida en Bruselas, Bélgica
Ya fuera en el papel de princesa o empleada de una librería, Audrey Hepburn era epítome de gracia y elegancia. A pesar de su difícil juventud en Holanda bajo los nazis, dos fracasos matrimoniales y etapas de baja autoestima, proyectaba en la pantalla y
en persona un refinamiento natural y una picardía inocente que la convirtieron en estrella de la taquilla. En tiempos en que las mujeres solían ser meros objetos románticos del protagonista masculino, Hepburn insistió en interpretar personajes centrales. Como Holly Golightly en Desayuno en Tiffany’s (1961) —con sus grandes gafas, larguísima boquilla y clásico vestidito negro de Givenchy— se impuso como ícono de vanguardia para una nueva gene ración de mujeres americanas. Durante sus últimos cinco años de vida se dedicó a aliviar el sufrimiento infantil en el mundo. En 1992 recibió la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad por su labor como embajadora de buena voluntad de UNICEF.
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