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Hollywood Ballerinas: Did You Know They Once Danced?

Five big Hollywood names who began their careers as ballet dancers

Audrey Hepburn
Since her silver screen debut in 1953’s Roman Holiday, Audrey Hepburn’s name has become synonymous to elegance and style. Her film career over the 1950s and 60s bolstered her into international superstardom. Partnerships with fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy made her a style icon, while her work with UNICEF made her a beloved humanitarian. However, before the glitz and glam of show business, Hepburn was a trained ballerina.

She studied with Sonia Gaskell in Amsterdam during the height of World War II, and would later move to London, after receiving a scholarship to study with Polish-dancer Marie Rambert in 1948. Unfortunately, Hepburn’s dreams of becoming a prima ballerina would never come to fruition. Complications from her childhood malnutrition would prevent her from seriously pursuing dance as a career. She made a life-defining career shift in the early 1950s, when she decided to become an actress. After doing bit parts in films, she was discovered by French writer Colette, who would cast her in the titular role of Gigi on Broadway. The rest is cinema history.