A Dutch Treat

Audrey Hepburn, in my opinion, is the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Now we can argue that point, but we cannot argue the fact she was also a legitimate war heroine.

She was one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses. But Audrey Hepburn had a role that few knew about: spy.

The maddeningly private actress, who died in 1993, had dropped hints about her work with the Dutch Resistance during World War II, and now a new book puts the whole story together, providing an in-depth look at her life during the conflict.

Robert Matzen, author of “Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II” (GoodKnight Books), combed secret files, talked to Hepburn’s family and tracked down diaries to uncover new information.

The biggest surprise to many will be Hepburn’s work with the Dutch Resistance against Nazi occupation. For starters, she was just 10 years old when World War II broke out. For another, her parents were infamously pro-fascist — though the realities of Nazi occupation would ultimately change her mother’s mind.

Hepburn’s duties included delivering resistance newspapers, harboring a downed British pilot, and dancing to raise money for resistance fighters. An amazing woman with an amazing story.

5 thoughts on “A Dutch Treat

  1. What a great post! I had absolutely no idea about any of this. Now I want to go buy the book and learn more. She is a truly remarkable woman!

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  2. Ronni – Yeah, I never heard this story, either. Maybe, like most people involved in WWII, she never wanted to talk about it openly.

    Cathy – Agreed. Seems like a fascinating story.

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  3. I will defend your opinion. She was amazingly beautiful and now we know a war hero too. Very nice. A young woman at my wife’s company did herself up in Ms. Hepburn style for a fundraiser that we attended. For a little while I contemplated what my odds were of surviving a divorce to woo said woman.

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  4. Another hottie and hero from back in the day was Hedy Lamarr who helped invent guidance systems for US Navy torpedoes!

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