The Audrey Hepburn Story
is a 2000 television movie biography of actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn
. Jennifer Love Hewitt
, who also produced the film, starred as the actress although her casting drew criticism from some of Hepburn's fans and the media. A pre-stardom Emmy Rossum
appears during early scenes of the film playing Hepburn in her early teens.
The film spans from her early childhood to the 1950's which details her life as a Dutch ballerina
, coming to grips with her parents' divorce, and enduring life in the Nazi
-occupied Netherlands during World War II. Audrey then settles in the U.S. where she succeeds in making it big as a movie actress, in such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany's
The closing credits include footage of the real Audrey Hepburn during one of the UNICEF
missions she undertook near the end of her life.
Several versions of the film were aired. On the American ABC Network
, it aired as a three-hour movie, while in other countries a longer version was broadcast over two nights.