Uprooted: Audrey Hepburn

Uprooted: Audrey Hepburn

A trivial look at famous family trees.

Treading Lightly

Thanks to the Gap’s recent TV ads, Audrey Hepburn is back in the limelight. But cinema fans know there’s far more to the slender, long-legged actress than her skinny black pants. After Hepburn’s 1953 part as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday brought her immediate stardom and an Academy Award for best actress — she continued charming audiences as Jo in Funny Face (popularizing that waifish wardrobe item), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and, of course, Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Following her film career; Hepburn played the real-life role of Special Ambassador for UNICEF. And her lineage is every bit as illustrious as her list of movie credits. In honor of Hepburn’s upcoming birthday, we give you the skinny on the beloved actress’ ancestry.

1 Where was Audrey Hepburn born?

a. New Amsterdam, the Netherlands
b. New York City
c. a convent, which inspired her role in The Nun’s Story
d. near Brussels, Belgium
e. Hollywood

2. Audrey and Katharine Hepburn were

a. sisters
b. second cousins once removed
c. not related
d. aunt and niece
e. doppelgangers

3. Audrey’s mother’s first name was

a. Gigi
b. Ella
c. Sabrina
d. Tiffany

4. Baron Aernoud van Heemstra, Audrey’s maternal grandfather, had

a. breakfast at Tiffany’s
b. Dutch ancestry
c. a funny face
d. a genetic disorder
e. too many vowels in his name

5. Audrey’s father, Joseph Hepburn-Ruston, was

a. English
b. Middle Eastern
c. Lilliputian
d. Slovakian
e. Bohemian

6 Audrey’s birth certificate gives her full name as

a. Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston
b. Audrey Katharine Hepburn
c. Audrey Hepburn-Ruston
d. Audrey Ruston

7. Audrey descends from

a. James Hepburn, Earl of Both well, third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots
b. Michael Hepburn, hair dresser to Mary, Queen of Scots
c. Ephraim Hepburn, head chef for Mary, Queen of Scots

8. Which ship brought Audrey to America in 1951 to star in Gigi?

a. Titanic
b. HMS Go Lightly
c. Queen Mary
d. SS Minnow

9. Audrey’s marriage to actor Me1 Ferrer in 1954 can be described as

a. Love in the Afternoon
b. Wait Until Dark
c. War and Peace
d. Charade

10. Audrey died in

a. a lot of pain
b. New York City
c. Hollywood
d. Tolochenaz, Switzerland



Number of correct answers:

8-10 Celebrity Savvy

6-7 Notably Knowledgeable

4-5 Star Crossed

0-3 Infamously Ignorant
From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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