Audrey Hepburn Google Doodle Celebrates Actress, Philanthropist

A Google Doodle today features legendary actress Audrey Hepburn, best known for classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, and Sabrina, on what would have been her 85th birthday.

Audrey Hepburn Google Doodle

The British actress won the Best Actress Oscar award at the 26th Academy Awards in 1954 for Roman Holiday.

Hepburn is one of only 12 individuals who have won all four major entertainment awards, known as an EGOT, by winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.

The Google Doodle features a black and white drawing of Hepburn, while the pink background shows her playing with underprivileged children, a cause that was important to her and one that she dedicated her later life to as a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.

Doodler Jennifer Hom shared some details about the Doodle:

Finding the right solution for someone as timeless as Audrey proved a tricky task. Not only was she a classically beautiful actress, she also dedicated her life to philanthropy. I wanted to show both sides of her life's work.

It was easy to find inspiration for her portrait in Yousuf Karsh's photograph from 1956, used with permission from the estate of Yousuf Karsh. The black and white image is graceful and understated yet immediately recognizable. Taking cues from Audrey's movie posters and work with charities, I added a graphic splash of pink and figures of her dancing with and embracing children.

Hepburn died on January 20, 1993 of appendiceal cancer and was buried in Tolochenaz, Switzerland.

You can see some alternative Hepburn Doodles and sketches here.

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