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Popular internet search engine Google on Sunday celebrated legendary British screen actress Audrey Hepburn's 85th birthday by decorating its homepage with an attractive doodle.

Born on May 4, 1929, Hepburn was a film and fashion icon active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She is also a well-known humanitarian who was widely regarded for her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in the history of American cinema and has been placed in the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. She is also regarded by some to be the most naturally beautiful woman of all time.

In the Doodle, Audrey Hepburn is seen striking a film star pose with her eyes closed forming the second 'O' in the Google logo.

In the background, she is seen playing and interacting with underprivileged children, for whom she dedicated much of her later life as a humanitarian.

Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem during the Second World War.

In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948 to continue her ballet training with Marie Rambert and perform as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

After appearing in several British films and starring in the 1951 Broadway play 'Gigi', Hepburn played the Academy Award-winning lead role in 'Roman Holiday' (1953).

She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as 'Sabrina' (1954), 'The Nun's Story' (1959), 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961), 'Charade' (1963), 'My Fair Lady' (1964) and 'Wait Until Dark' (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.

For her role in 'Roman Holiday', Hepburn was also the first actress to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance in 1954.

She appeared in fewer films later in her life as she devoting much of her time to UNICEF.

Although contributing to the organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992.

Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.

(Posted on 04-05-2014)

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