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Audrey Hepburn and her husband, Mel Ferrer, smile for the camera on arrival at London Airport, from Zurich.  Audrey is in town for the premiere of her film The Nun’s Story, at the Warner Theatre, Leicester Square, July 23, 1959. Gifs by rareaudreyhepburn.


1969, Audrey’s painting - La Paisible, Switzerland

For the many of you who stopped to remember Audrey’s birthday on May 4th this year, for the kindness expressed in your sentiments and the generosity with which you donated to the Fund, heartfelt thanks, appreciation and gratitude for keeping her in your thoughts this day.
Please be assured that every day we also remember you, her adoring fans and admirers, and that each of you serve as our inspiration to carry on the work most dear to Audrey’s heart.
Thank you again for the outpouring of love and attention.
It was deeply felt and greatly appreciated.


Unseen Audrey?

Audrey’s 1936 British Passport.
© Sean H. Ferrer & Luca Dotti

The family name will be changed from Ruston to Hepburn-Ruston on April 14 1939 (The London Gazette - Notice 225) when Audrey was about to be 10 years and WW II was at Europe’s doorstep.

Audrey Hepburn: an iconic problem


Today Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston would have turned 85. She passed away 21 years ago, on January 20, 1993 at 8pm, at the young age of 63 from a rare type of cancer. Soon after losing her we felt that, would she have had more time on this earth, she would have spent it continuing to speak on the behalf of the millions of children who don’t have a ‘fair start’ in life. This was the generation she worked for tirelessly for the last 5 years of her life as an ambassador for UNICEF. During her tenure (1988-1992) 45,000 of them died of preventable causes each day. Today the number is down to 21,000.  She believed in education as a way to change the course of history in those countries that are still developing, which is why we created both the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund ( and the Audrey Hepburn Society at the US Fund for UNICEF ( Both dedicated to assisting in the survival and development of children in need all over the World of which over 100,000,000, 2/3 of whom are girls, still do not have access to a basic education.

While she is still remembered as a film actor, she also remains a symbol of both inner and outer elegance for many, her last chapter as a humanitarian forever intertwined with her Hollywood and style legacies. This truly brings home the concept that it is not what you wear but how you wear it – not what you say but how you say it - as she always used to say, “it’s not just the words but it’s also the ‘tune’ that counts”. “Put yourself in the other person shoes” was also one of her motos. This is how she reached the inner core of the roles she played and probably what also made her humanitarian missions so unbearably vivid. She could feel their pain.

What is extraordinary about this last chapter of her life is that she truly was a ‘sprite’ – youthful at heart and fun to the core - which is probably why she has successfully communicated with our youth. Today they represent more than half of her fan base. And it is this same generation that wishes to find a way to be an active player in ‘changing the World.’ In time, they will cause the way we look at business – at profit – to change. Rather than having separate ‘for profit’ and ‘nonprofit’ activities, they will cause the two to merge into one, thus giving the possibility for all to do what they love while doing something that enhances society as a whole.

Thank you to all of you who have kept her ‘story’ alive. In the end this is who & what she was… a great story teller. Whether on the silver screen or on a UNICEF podium fighting for the survival of millions or wearing the iconic ‘little back dress’ or smiling at you from a poster on your cupboard door… her story of feelings and emotions, style and grace, elegance and compassion lives on thanks to your affection.

Sean Hepburn Ferrer

About the creative

Finding the right solution for someone as timeless as Audrey proved a tricky task.  Not only was she a classically beautiful actress, she also dedicated her life to philanthropy.  I wanted to show both sides of her life’s work.

It was easy to find inspiration for her portrait in Yousuf Karsh's photograph from 1956, used with permission from the estate of Yousuf Karsh.  The black and white image is graceful and understated yet immediately recognizable.  Taking cues from Audrey’s movie posters and work with charities, I added a graphic splash of pink and figures of her dancing with and embracing children.

Moreover, as a style icon, Audrey inspired many exploration sketches from several members of the doodle team.  Below are some of my early concepts and versions of Audrey amongst the doodlers.