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Audrey Hepburn (Little People, Big Dreams)

Audrey Hepburn was a much loved and respected women who went on to become the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, until her retirement in 1991.

Born in 1929, she was ten years old when War broke out in Europe. She and her mother lived in Arnhem in the Netherlands where, as a small child, she began to take ballet lessons. She always wondered what she would be when she grew up, a ballerina or perhaps an actress.

During the war food was hard to find and she became very ill, never ever becoming strong enough to live the professional  life of a ballerina and so she decided to  follow her other love, that of acting.

She auditioned for parts and was finally selected for the Broadway production of Gigi and from there went on to become one of Hollywood’s much loved actresses, starring on many roles, some funny and others serious, winning a number of prestigious awards.

When she retired from acting she was asked to take on another career altogether, that of the role of UNICEF Ambassador, where she would travel all around the world raising awareness and campaigning for the rights for all children to have food to eat, clean water to drink and medicine, should they be sick.

Although she was famous, and had become was a rich woman, she never ever forgot what it was like to be hungry, thirsty and sick. She never forgot that there were far too many children in the world, just like she had been as a child and tried to do what she could make their lives a lot better.

She was the special ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) from 1988 until she retired in 1991. She died in 1993 at the age of 63.

If you would like to know more about this famous and very beautiful woman, you may have seen her in My Fair Lady,  as Eliza Doolittle or in one of her other movies, and perhaps from reading about her life, you may become inspired as to what you too can do to help others.


AuthorMa Isabel Sanches Vegara. Illustrated Amaia Arrazola
PublisherFrances Lincoln Children's Books
DistributorMurdoch Books
ReleasedSeptember 2017