Famous Belgians – Audrey Hepburn


From-JimHere at Boom Island Brewing, we have a focus on just about everything Belgian, especially when it comes to our beer. But to help hi-light other parts of Belgian culture beyond the brew, I’ve created a series of blog posts to take a closer look at popular people, music, and places of Belgium. The first part of this series I’ve entitled “Famous Belgians”, and as we’re in the Oscar season, I thought it would be fitting to begin with a very famous Belgian actress from the 20th century.

As the time draws near to hand out another set of Oscars for movies I haven’t seen, it seems appropriate to highlight the career of Audrey Hepburn.  Did you know she was Belgian?  I would guess that more people know that Jean-Claude Van Damme is Belgian, with his catchy “Muscles from Brussels” moniker.

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was known one of the greatest female screen legends active during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Hepburn went on to star in a number of successful films, and is mostly known for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

Audrey Hepburn worked tirelessly later in life for UNICEF, and remains one of the few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.  The image of her in the little black dress with the large sunglasses and cigarette holder remains one of the true iconic images of Hollywood at the time.

If you prefer more wooden performances, Belgian accents, explosions and scores of people getting punched, Mr. Van Damme is your man.  For a little more subtle and graceful touch, it might be time to binge marathon some Audrey Hepburn films.

“There are so many people I’d like to thank…”

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