She died on January 20, 1993. She had cancer. The cancer spread into the lining of her small intestine. She had one foot of intestine removed in surgery and went through chemotherapy, but in a second surgery it was too late. There was nothing they could do. Her final wishes was to be flown by to her home in Tolochenaz. She wanted to 'leave' in the place she loved.
After several miscarriages Audrey gave a birth to her first child Sean in 1960. Since then her life became more centered around her family and home. Many people thought at that time that Audrey tried to diminish herself not to threaten her husband’s career. It was probably a hard work to do with her popularity. In spite of her efforts to make her marriage work, her marriage to Mel Ferrer ended in 1967. Two years later she married Dr. Andrea Dotti, the famous psychiatrist and a playboy from Rome. She had no interest in the title "Countess", to which she was entitled. She became just Signora Dotti, who did her own shopping and who answered her own phone. Luca Dotti, her second son, was born in 1970. Audrey’s second marriage lasted 13 years, but ended up in another divorce.
Audrey Hepburn's love for children made her decision to become the Special Ambassador for UNICEF an easy one. The announcement of Audrey's appointment as the Special Ambassador for UNICEF was made on March 8, 1988. Although UNICEF officials would have been content if Audrey had functioned merely as a figurehead.
Audrey Hepburn came of age when film stars wore sultry dresses, were heavily made up, and had a cigarette in every photo. By contrast, Audrey usually sported clothing that was practical for the average woman's lifestyle. Plus, every woman could afford her style, since Audrey had simple taste in clothing, hairstyles, makeup, and jewelry. Audrey’s distinctive style was marked by her gracefulness and compassionate spirit. Her distinctive grace was the result of years of training as a ballet dancer, and her inner grace developed from intelligence combined with empathy.
From her very first performance on film in 1948 as an airline stewardess to her last in 1989 as an angel, Audrey Hepburn withstood over forty years of artistic scrutiny. Today she remains the irrefutable personification of irresistible charm, grace, and dignity.
Hepburn's last starring role in a cinematic film was with Ben Gazzara in the 1981 comedy They All Laughed, directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Hepburn's last motion picture role, a cameo appearance, was as an angel in Steven Spielberg's Always, filmed in 1988. This film was only moderately successful.
Her first substantial role was Linda Farrell in "Monte Carlo Baby" in 1951. During that same year she also played the lead in the Broadway play "Gigi". Her next major film was "Roman Holiday" in 1953 in which she played the role of Princess Ann. Hepburn received an Academy Award for her role, a major achievement so early in her film career. Six weeks after being awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress she won the Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway play "Ondine". In 1954 she received another Best Actress Academy nomination for her performance in "Sabrina". In 1956 Audrey played Natasha Rostow in "War and Peace", followed in 1957 by a superb performance in the classic film "Funny Face". In 1959 Hepburn received another Academy nomination for her role in "Nun's Story". She probably reached the pinnacle of her career in 1961 for her role in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", including still another Academy nomination. One of Hepburn's most radiant roles was in "My Fair Lady" in 1964 with her co-star Rex Harrison.
Audrey Hepburn has become one of the most enduring screen icons of the twentieth century. She had magical screen presence, was a shrine to good taste and in her later years became a crusader for children's rights. In the early fifties Audrey began taking acting classes and began playing bit parts in British movies.
From 1935-58, Audrey went to boarding school in Kent; in 1939 her mother moved the family to Arnhem in the Netherlands, where she thought it would be safe from Nazi invasion. However, in 1940, the Netherlands was overrun and the country fell under Nazi occupation until liberation in 1945. During this time, Audrey went to school at the Arnhem conservatory where she studied and also learnt ballet. At one time she considered taking ballet as a serious career occupation. During the occupation, it was said she would often dance in various locations, helping to raise money for the underground movement.
Audrey Hepburn was born to an English father and Dutch mother in Belgium, May 4th, 1929. Her father’s job as an insurance agent meant the family often moved between England, Holland and Belgium. In 1935, her parents divorced; one reason for this was that her father was a Nazi sympathiser. The divorce was very traumatic for six year old Audrey; she would later say it was the most traumatic incident of her life. After the war, despite suffering under the Nazi occupation, Audrey later tracked down her father to Dublin and supported him financially.