"Google pays homage to Audrey Hepburn in a Doodle on Sunday, May 4."
BY SAMANTHA MURPHY KELLY
It's been more than 20 years since Audrey Hepburn died from a rare type of cancer, but Google honored the actress on Sunday with a Doodle on its homepage to mark what would have been her 85th birthday.
Hepburn is best known for starring in films from the '50s and '60s such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady, as well as her reputation for elegance and style. In her final years, she became a humanitarian who worked as an ambassador for UNICEF. She died at the age of 63.
Google Doodle artist Jennifer Hom wrote in an official blog post that she wanted to show both sides of Hepburn (the actress and the philanthropist) in Sunday's artwork.
"Finding the right solution for someone as timeless as Audrey proved a tricky task," Hom wrote.
She debated several Doodle images before selecting the one above, which was inspired by a 1956 photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh.
"The black and white image is graceful and understated yet immediately recognizable," Hom wrote. "Taking cues from Audrey's movie posters and work with charities, I added a graphic splash of pink and figures of her dancing with and embracing children."
Check out some of Hom's alternative Hepburn concepts below: