12 SCANDALOUS Facts About Audrey Hepburn's Love Life You Should Know

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What a fascinating life!

The perfect picture of natural beauty, Audrey Hepburn proves a woman can be both elegant, smart, and talented.

Not only did she inspire classic beauty forever, actress, dancer, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn gave to others.

She is the ideal of femininity, gentility and all around perfection.

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Here are 3 interesting facts about her life:

But what makes her truly interesting, is that behind all the good she brought into the world, she kept secrets, too.

Read on to find out the fabulously scandalous things never would have guessed about Audrey Hepburn's love life.

1. Hepburn's first serious love was with James Hanson (a young British businessman).

2. They were engaged in 1952.
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But after setting a date and having the dress made, she realized that the nature of both their careers would keep them apart for too long. 

Hepburn gave the dress to an Italian couple, who have it to this day. 


3. Also in the 1950s, Hepburn dated the American theatrical producer Michael Butler.

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Butler would go on to produce the musical Hair. 

During the filming of Sabrina, Hepburn began a relationship with actor William Holden, who was already married.


Hepburn had planned to marry Holden and start a family with him but dropped the idea when she learned he’d had a vasectomy. 

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4. In 1954, Hepburn met the American actor Mel Ferrer at a cocktail party hosted by lifelong friend Gregory Peck.

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5. After working together on the play Ondine, they eventually fell in love. 


The couple married in Bürgenstock, Switzerland in September of that year. 

6. With Ferrer, Hepburn had two miscarriages (the first in 1955 and the second in 1959).

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7. She gave birth to the couple's only child, a boy named Sean Hepburn Ferrer, born in July of 1960. 

She would have two more miscarriages, in 1965 and 1967. 

8. During her marriage to Ferrer, there were rumors of infidelity on both sides, with Ferrer having a girlfriend and Hepburn having an affair with her co-star Albert Finney.

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After 14 years together, Hepburn and Ferrer divorced in December of 1968.

"You just have to be lucky enough to find someone who appreciates you."— Audrey Hepburn

She would speak to him only two more times for the rest of her life.

9. Shortly after her divorce, Hepburn met and fell in love with Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.

She met him while traveling with Princess Olimpia Emmanuela Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi.


10. She stated that she fell in love with him while exploring Greek ruins.


The couple married in January of 1969. 


11. Hepburn had one son with Andrea Dotti, Luca, born in February of 1970.
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His birth was followed by another miscarriage in 1974. 

"For poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." — Audrey Hepburn

Perhaps, her wisdom came from the heartache that she kept to herself.

12. Once again, infidelity was present in her marriage.
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Dotti took to younger women, while Audrey Hepburn had an affair with another actor, Ben Gazzara.