How Childhood Starvation May Have Led Audrey Hepburn to Maintain Her 110-Pound Frame
The 5'7" actress passed away in 1993 at age 63 from appendix cancer.
Nearly 25 years after Audrey Hepburn’s death, new details have emerged about how the actress managed to remain 110 pounds over her entire adult life.
Over time, there has been much speculation that the Oscar winner had an eating disorder.
However, the latest cover of People magazine, on newsstands Friday, is revealing the secret story behind the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star’s slender frame: She experienced extreme starvation while growing up in Holland during World War II at the age of 11.
“By the end of the war, she was very close to death,” her son, Luca Dotti, told People. “She survived by eating nettles and tulip bulbs and drinking water to fill her stomach. She was almost 5‘6” and weighed 88 pounds. She had jaundice and edema. She suffered from anemia the rest of her life, possibly as a consequence."
Some have wondered whether the effects of her harsh upbringing stayed as she rose to fame as an actress.
“People think because she was skinny that she had an eating disorder, but it’s not true,” Dotti added. “She loved Italian food and pasta. She ate a lot of grains, not a lot of meat and a little bit of everything.”
Hepburn’s romantic partner, Robert Wolders, who was with her from 1980 until her death, told People that the Charade star did not diet, but did enjoy exercise, Scotch and chocolate.
The 5-foot-7-inch actress died in 1993 of appendix cancer in 1993. She was 63.
Trending on Inside Edition
Golden Bachelor' Scandal: Gerry Turner Dumped Ex After 10lb. Weight Gain, Forced Her to Move to Motel: ReportEntertainment
Woman Found Dead at Bottom of Garbage Chute After Company Party, Police Do Not Expect Foul PlayNews
New York City School Bus Driver Kidnapped and Raped Student on Bus and at His Home, Alleges ProsecutorCrime
Graphic Crime Scene Photos Released in Murder Case of 13-Year-Old Accused of Stabbing to Death MomCrime
Ohio Man on His Deathbed Reveals to Wife and Daughter He Was a Fugitive Who Robbed a BankHuman Interest
Florida Woman, 22, Posed as Teen and Sexually Assaulted Minor 30 Times, Sent Classmates His Sex Tape: PoliceCrime