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The film star and her fascist father

Audrey Hepburn's relationship with her estranged dad was reborn in Dublin

Jonathan deBurca Butler

Published 20/01/2013 | 05:00

Audrey Hepburn in 1955; her father's grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin
Audrey Hepburn in 1955; her father's grave at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin

Among the rows of ornate tombs and headstones in Mount Jerome Cemetery in Harold's Cross, Dublin, sits a simple slab of marble. On either side, small white vases hold remnants of flowers. The inscription reads: "In Everlasting Memory of Anthony Hepburn-Ruston. Always remembered by his loving wife Fidelma and daughter Audrey."

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Audrey Hepburn's father died in Baggot Street Hospital, Dublin, on October 16, 1980. He was 91. For 35 years the father of one of Hollywood's biggest stars had lived in Dublin virtually unnoticed.

Joseph Anthony Ruston was born in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) in 1889 to an English father and his German wife, Catherina Wels. He was schooled privately and lived something of a privileged early life.

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