Birth Name: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
Date of Birth: 4 May, 1929
Place of Birth: Ixelles, Belgium
Date of Death: 20 January, 1993
Place of Death: Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland
Ethnicity: English, Austrian, Dutch (including Frisian), 1/256 French
Audrey Hepburn was a Belgian-born, Dutch-raised, British actress and humanitarian. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Roman Holiday (1953).
Audrey’s father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úžice/Auschiz, Bohemia, and was of approximately one quarter English and three quarters Austrian ancestry.
Audrey’s mother, Ella, Baroness van Heemstra, was Dutch. Audrey’s mother was of almost entirely Dutch descent (including Frisian), and had some remote non-Dutch roots (Audrey’s mother had 1/128 French ancestry, as well as remote English roots on a similarly distant level).
Audrey’s granddaughter is model Emma Ferrer.
Audrey was sometimes said to have some degree of Jewish ancestry on her mother’s side. No Jewish ancestors have of yet been documented/verified for Audrey’s family.
Audrey’s paternal grandfather was Victor John George Ruston (the son of John Joseph Ruston and Barbara Victoria Belha). John Joseph Ruston was English, and is usually stated as having been born in London or in Poplar, near London. Barbara was Austrian.
Audrey’s paternal grandmother was Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Wells (the daughter of Anton Wels and Karolina Schütz). Anna was born in Kovarce, south-western Slovakia. Anna was of Austrian descent.
Audrey’s maternal grandfather was Aarnoud Jan Anne Aleid, Baron van Heemstra (the son of Willem Hendrik Johan, Baron van Heemstra, and of Wilhelmina Cornelia de Beaufort). Aarnoud was born in Vreeland. Willem was the son of Frans Julius Johan van Heemstra, Baron van Heemstra, and of Henriëtta Philippina Jacoba, Baroness van Pallandt. Wilhelmina was the daughter of Arnoud Jan de Beaufort and Anna Aleida Stoop.
Audrey’s maternal grandmother was Elbrig Wilhelmina Henriette, Baroness van Asbeck (the daughter of Gerrit Ferdinand, Baron van Asbeck, and of Caroline van Hogendorp). Elbrig was born in Almelo. Gerrit was the son of Tjalling Minne Watze van Asbeck, tot Bergen en Munsterhausen, and of Elbrig Bienema. Caroline was the daughter of Dirk van Hoogendorp and Marianne Cathérine van Hogendorp.
One of Audrey’s maternal six times great-grandfathers, Henri Collot D’Escury, was French. One of Audrey’s maternal eight times great-grandfathers, George Clifford, was English. Adurey’s mother had another line of English ancestry on a similarly distant level.
Information on Audrey’s paternal grandmother, Anna Juliana Franziska Karolina Wels – http://www.pitt.edu
Genealogy of Audrey Hepburn (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com