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On Audrey Hepburn's 85th birthday, here are 5 things you mightn't know about her

The iconic actress passed away in 1993, but remains one of Hollywood’s most celebrated personalities.

TODAY WOULD HAVE been legendary actress Audrey Hepburn’s 85th birthday.

The star of movies such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday died of appendiceal cancer in 1993, at the age of 63.

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Though she is celebrated now as a style icon, Hepburn lead an extremely interesting life away from movies. Here are five things you mightn’t know about the actress.

She was born in Belgium

Hepburn was born in 1929 to a Dutch aristocrat mother and a British father.

She spent her childhood travelling between Belgium, Britain, and the Netherlands.

GIGI ADEY HEPBURN Hepburn before her Broadway debut in 1951 AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

She was a trained ballerina

And secretly danced for groups of people to collect money for the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

Her own father was a Nazi sympathiser.

Film - Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady On the set of My Fair Lady, 1963 EMPICS Entertainment EMPICS Entertainment

Truman Capote didn’t like her version of Holly Golightly

Capote wrote the original novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s – he allegedly imagined Marilyn Monroe in the role and thought Hepburn was “grossly miscast”.

Actress Audrey Hepburn Hepburn as Holly Golightly AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

She was a celebrated humanitarian

After she had largely retired from acting at the age of 59, Hepburn became Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, an organisation she had worked with from the 1950s onwards.

Inspired by her own wartime experiences as a child, she focussed on helping impoverished children.

Health - UNICEF Press Conference - Paris The actress at a UNICEF conference in 1990 EMPICS Entertainment EMPICS Entertainment

She won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards (EGOT)

Hepburn was one of 12 people in history to receive all four of the entertainment accolades, and the first to do so posthumously.

PA-8644085 Hepburn posing with her Oscar in 1954 AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

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