She’s a hero, not just a pretty face

Heartbroken by the execution of her uncle by the Nazis, actress Audrey Hepburn worked for the Resistance in World War II, a new book will reveal.

Famous for iconic films such as Breakfast and Tiffany’s and Funny Face, she was a model and muse for Hubert de Givenchy and the face of a generation.

But it was perhaps her role as a fighter for the Resistance against the Nazis in the Second World War for which she should be most celebrated and remembered.

A preteen ballerina living in England when the war broke out in 1939, her mother, a baroness, took her home to Holland hoping the Netherlands would stay neutral. But the country was soon occupied by the Third Reich, a Page Six report stated.

In “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II,” author Robert Matzen presents proof that the movie star worked directly for Resistance leaders.

The execution of her uncle, Count Otto van Limburg Stirum, was traumatic. Matzen discovered a 188-page diary Otto wrote during the four months he was imprisoned before his heroic death, Page Six reported.

Hepburn’s younger son, Luca Dotti, writes in the foreword to the book: “When my mother talked about herself and what life taught her, Hollywood was the missing guest. Instead of naming famed Beverly Hills locations, she gave us obscure and sometimes unpronounceable Dutch ones. Red-carpet recollections were replaced by Second World War episodes that she was able to transform into children’s tales.”

Click here for the report at Page Six

 

 

 

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