安德利夏萍生於比利時布魯塞爾,父親是一位國銀行家,母親是荷蘭貴族後裔。六歲開始就讀位於英國倫敦的貴族寄宿學校,但因為父母離異,夏萍跟隨母親回到了荷蘭。1939年時她進入安恆音樂學院(Arnhem Conservatory)學習芭蕾舞,之後第二次世界大戰爆發。

當納粹侵佔安恆後,由於謠傳母親的家族帶有猶太血統,原本十分富裕的男爵家族被視為帝國敵人,不但財產被佔領軍沒收,赫本的舅舅也被處決,母女倆被迫過著貧困的生活。荷蘭飢荒期間,夏萍常以鬱金香球充飢,並靠喝大量的水填飽肚子。但仍然不斷鍛鍊她最愛的芭蕾舞,即使窮到要穿上最難捱的木制舞鞋也沒關係。

雖然,她是一名英國女演員。但是,成名前的夏萍卻是居住在荷蘭,是一名芭蕾舞演員。後來劇作家Collette發現了她,並邀請她出演了百老匯舞台劇金粉世家《Gigi》,她才離開了荷蘭。

她的遺言:

若要魅力的嘴唇,請講友善的話。
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

若要可愛的眼睛,請看到別人的好處。
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.






若要苗條的身材,把你的食物分享給飢餓的人。
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

美麗的秀髮,在於每天有孩子的手指穿過它。
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

若要優雅的姿態,請與知識同行而不是獨行。
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

人之所以為人,重要的是,有能力自我恢復,自我復活,自我解救,自我救贖;並非向人抱怨。
People, even more than things, have to be restored, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

記住,如果你在任何時候需要一隻援助的手,它就在你的肩臂下面。
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find them at the end of each of your arms.

在年老之後,你會發現自己的雙手能解決很多難題,一隻手用來幫助自己,另一隻用來幫助別人。
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

女人的美麗不在於她的穿著,她的身材,或者她的髮型。
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.

一個女人的美麗一定從她的眼睛中看到,因為那是她心靈的窗口,「愛」居住的地方。
The beauty of a woman must be seen through her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

女人的美麗不在於外表,一個女人真正的美麗在於她的靈魂深處。在於她給予的關懷,愛心,和她的激情。
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.

一個女人的美麗,隨著歲月而增長。

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.