'Intimate Audrey': Hepburn exhibition opens in Brussels

From private footage and attire to movie props and awards, an exhibition providing an intimate take a look at the lifetime of late actress Audrey Hepburn has opened in Brussels, marking the 90th anniversary of the Hollywood star’s beginning within the Belgian metropolis.

Put collectively by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, “Intimate Audrey” options a whole bunch of personal {and professional} pictures – originals and reprints – in addition to some film memorabilia, such because the scooter used within the 1953 traditional “Roman Vacation” for which Hepburn gained a finest actress Oscar.

Hepburn Ferrer, whose father was U.S. actor Mel Ferrer, mentioned he wished to supply a extra private perspective of the lifetime of the British actress, who devoted her later years to charity work and have become a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

“She lived a humble life, a easy life, and possibly in there lies the important thing to why she remains to be so beloved right this moment,” he instructed Reuters.

Hepburn was born in 1929 within the Brussels space of Ixelles to a Dutch mom and British father. She later moved to London to pursue ballet coaching and finally turned to performing, taking to the stage in New York in 1951 for Broadway play “Gigi”.

She starred in a string of movies within the 1950s and 1960s, together with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Charade” and “My Truthful Girl”. Hepburn died in 1993 aged 63.

On show are additionally Hepburn’s trend drawings and humanitarian writings. Hepburn Ferrer mentioned one the important thing options of the exhibition was a reproduction cherry blossom tree, a tribute to the childhood dwelling in Switzerland his mother and father purchased in 1963 and remained Hepburn’s residence till her demise.

“It’s an uncommon exhibition as a result of it has been utterly devoid of the Hollywood side of her profession so it’s the girl who’s coming dwelling, bare of the legend, of the icon,” he mentioned.

“Intimate Audrey” runs Espace Vanderborght till Aug. 25.