AUDREY HEPBURN once admitted she "didn't understand why people saw her as beautiful", as the acclaimed actress discussed her incredible career, unearthed accounts show.

This afternoon, Audrey Hepburn stars alongside fellow Academy Award winner Peter Finch in the 1959 drama The Nun's Story, which airs at 12.20pm on BBC Two.

It follows the story of a young Belgian girl who enters a convent, and who struggles to comprehend the principle of unquestioning

The film went on to receive eight Academy Award nominations, including a nod for Hepburn in the Best Actress category, missing out to Simone Signoret in Room at the Top.

When the film was released, New York Times writer Bosley Crowther noted how the film's director, Fred Zinnemann, "made this off-beat drama

He added: "For the evident point of this experience is that a woman gains but also loses her soul, spends and exhausts her devotion

Though Hepburn missed out on the Oscar win, she did win when first nominated for Best Actress in 1953, for her role in Roman Holiday.

Her performances were so timeless that the American Film Institute hailed her as the third-greatest female screen legend from the Classic Hollywood cinema age.

Undoubtedly among the most cherished actresses of her generation, the accolades and acclaim did not always mean she was overly confident in her own appearance.

Luca Dotti, her son, discussed what the My Fair Lady star often thought of herself with Vanity Fair in 201 3