Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston or Edda Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929, in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was a daughter of Baroness Ella van Heemstra and Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston who was a British subject born in Auschitz, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary. When Audrey was six her father left the family abruptly in 1935 and that same year, her mother moved with Hepburn to her family's estate in Arnhem.
Audrey Hepburn's parents officially divorced in June 1939. She renewed contact with her father after locating him in Dublin through the Red Cross in the 1960s. Hepburn supported him financially until his death.