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July 18, 2018

Hollywood actor and longtime companion of Audrey Hepburn dies at the age of 81

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Robert Wolders, who used to date Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn, passed away at the age of 81.

The Dutch actor drew his last breath on Thursday, July 12, 2018, but the details surrounding his death are yet to be revealed considering that his family didn't wish to divulge anything other than that he had died surrounded by loved ones.

The news of his passing was shared on Twitter by Ellen Fontana, the executive director of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, where Wolders played a crucial role as a member of the board of directors.

Born in Rotterdam, in 1936, the late actor traveled to the United States as a young man and attended the University of Rochester, where he studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, in New York City.

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Throughout his career, he starred on the 1960s Western Laredo, as well as in Flipper, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., McMillan & Wife and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the latter as a charming ski instructor who has a superficial romance with Mary Richards.

Wolders' last appearance was made on The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond, a CBS telefilm from 1975. But the late 81-year-old was not just famous for his roles in front of the camera.

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He was quite known for being Hepburn's sweetheart, whom he met in 1980 after her marriage to Andrea Dotti, an Italian psychiatrist, came to an end. during a 1989 interview with Barbara Walters, Hepburn described Wolters as a very dedicated partner.

Prior to dating Hepburn, Wolders was married to Merle Oberon, who starred in Wuthering Heights, as well as in The Scarlet Pimpernel, until she died from a stroke in 1979.

The actor also had a two-decade relationship with Shirlee Fonda, who, interestingly enough, was friends with both Oberon and Hepburn, which he admitted to being quite odd.

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