Almanac: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly from the 1961 movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The classic Blake Edwards comedy, based on the novel by Truman Capote,. was not a huge success when it was first released 50 years ago, but has since attained iconic status - from the fashions Hepburn wore to the lilting music of Henry Mancini. But it was Hepburn who solidified her status as a Hollywood icon with her performance as a young woman torn by love in the concrete canyons of New York City.
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(CBS News) And now a page from our Sunday Morning Almanac: January 20th, 1993, twenty years ago today, the day movie fans lost a beloved star -- and children around the world lost a devoted champion.

For that was the day Audrey Hepburn died of cancer at the age of 63.

Born in Brussels in 1929, she was saved from starvation at World War II's end by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.

She studied ballet in Holland, and won minor stage and film roles in England before landing on Broadway in the play "Gigi" in 1951.

From then it was on to Hollywood.

She co-starred with Gregory Peck in the 1954 film "Roman Holiday," for which she won an Academy Award.

She earned lasting fame for herself (and her classic little black dress) as Holly Golightly in the 1961 classic "Breakfast At Tiffany's."

She played opposite Cary Grant in the 1963 movie "Charade."

In 1964 she played Eliza Doolittle in the film version of "My Fair Lady." And though singer Marni Nixon ultimately dubbed Eliza's songs, Audrey Hepburn did TRY to sing them herself.

After the birth of her sons, Audrey Hepburn wound down her acting career, and later became a roaming an ambassador for UNICEF, the United Nation's Children's Fund . . . her way of giving back for the help she once received.

"Mahatma Gandhi once said, 'Wars cannot be won with bullets, but only with bleeding hearts,' and surely caring is better than killing," Hepburn once told CBS News.

Audrey Hepburn, in a September 1992 file photo. THIERRY SALIOU/AFP/Getty Images

She made the first of eight missions to Ethiopia in 1988.

Following her final overseas UNICEF tour (to Somalia, in the fall of 1992), she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.

Talented, stylish, and committed to the cause of children, Audrey Hepburn was deeply mourned upon her death . . . and is deeply missed to this day.