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Brussels dedicates a garden to the legendary Audrey Hepburn


May 4, the anniversary of the birth of the unforgettable heroine of My Fair Lady, the Belgian capital, where she was born, has dedicated a square to her where her bronze statue now stands.

Roman Holiday, Diamonds on the Couch, My Fair Lady… Audrey Hepburn already had her star on Hollywood Boulevard, and she will now have her garden in Brussels. A square in the name of the elegant and incomparable British actress was inaugurated on May 4 in the Belgian capital, near the house in Ixelles where she was born in 1929.

At the entrance to the Audrey-Hepburn garden, passers-by are now greeted by a small bronze bust of the actress, the same as the one already installed in the 1990s in Arnhem (Netherlands), stronghold of his maternal family. “There are now two busts of her in the two cities where she spent her childhood“, explained his son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, present at the inauguration. It will have been organized on the same day when the star who died in 1993 would have been 93 years old.

Oscar-winning actress at 23 for her role in roman holidaysworld fashion icon (she was a muse of Givenchy), Audrey Hepburn, whose real name is Audrey Ruston, was born on May 4, 1929, at 48, rue Keyenveld, in the Brussels municipality of Ixelles.

roman holidays by William Wyler in 1953, with Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck…

She was born on May 4, 1929 to a mother belonging to the Dutch aristocracy and a British father who was then working for the Belgian branch of the Bank of England. The future star lived in Brussels the “five six“early years of her life, until her father left the family, which then settled in Arnhem during the war, told AFP Sean Hepburn Ferrer, the son she had in 1960 with American actor Mel Ferrer.

This film producer, who lives in Italy, spoke of the importance his mother had of her role as an ambassador for Unicef ​​during the last years of her life (1988-93). He saw “a symbol“in the fact that now she”watching over children playingin a square, a few hundred meters from his birthplace.

The bronze sculpture was made by Dutch artist Kees Verkade at the request of her family after Audrey Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 at just 63 years old. This actress with elegance and unique charm, sparkling with life, had a string of successes in the 1950s and 1960s in Hollywood, with films like roman holidays, funny face, Diamonds on couch Where My Fair Lady. Films that have now become classics.

Diamonds on couch by Blake Edwards in 1961, with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard…

My Fair Lady by George Cukor in 1964, with Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison…

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