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Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 192920 January 1993) was a British A further reference is her birth certificate which clearly states British nationality. Concerning her heritage, she identified as half-Dutch, as her mother was after all a Dutch noblewoman. Furthermore, she spent a significant number of her formative years in the Netherlands, and was able to speak Dutch fluently. Her ancestry is covered in the "Early life" and "Ancestors" sections.}} actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame.
Born in Ixelles, Brussels, Hepburn spent parts of her childhood in Belgium, England, and the Netherlands. She studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam beginning in 1945 and with Marie Rambert in London starting in 1948. She began performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions and then had minor appearances in several films. Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play ''Gigi'' after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based.