06:33 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 01/10/2013 07:35PM
She captivated the world with her doe-eyed beauty, but behind the Givenchy glamour, there was an Audrey Hepburn few people knew.
She thought her nose too big, her feet too large and her neck too long. She loved to shop for groceries (but not clothes), didn't wear makeup at home, never went to the gym and enjoyed two fingers of Scotch every night.
"She was not this ethereal creature," says Robert Wolders, 76, the Dutch actor who was her companion for the last 13 years of her life. "She was an earthy woman with a ribald sense of humor."
What Hepburn had, adds Wolders, "was more than beauty. It was this extraordinary mystique."
Originally posted 02/25/2012 09:30AM
She went on to be nominated four more times – but Audrey Hepburn's first Oscars was the night she brought home the gold.
The actress, nominated for her royal role in the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday, was named Best Actress at the 1954 Academy Awards. Now, Life.com has a look back at that night and many other glamorous moments from Oscars' past in a new gallery.
"I want to say thank you to everybody who in these past months and years have helped, guided and given me so much," Hepburn said on stage that night while accepting her award. "I'm truly, truly grateful – and terribly happy."
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