Remembering Audrey Hepburn

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible” – Audrey Hepburn

Twenty- three years ago today, the world lost Audrey Hepburn. She was 63 when she passed from appendiceal cancer in Switzerland. Audrey’s film career was full of great movies like Roman Holiday (for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, and my favorite, Sabrina. She won many awards for her work in acting. After doing some research, I realize that I have some movies to watch! I have never seen Funny Face!! This weekend is going to be snowmageddon up here in New England so I will probably watch some then….

She was beautiful, trained in classical ballet, and spoke several languages. Audrey is definitely on my list of people I would love to meet that have passed on. I would want to ask her the fluff questions, like who her favorite leading man was, and I would want to ask her the serious questions, like if she could go back and do it all again, would she have become and actress and would she have started out as a huminatarian? I would want to hear her memories of WWII time along with her memories of working with Frank Sinatra.

Audrey Hepburn’s son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, is the chairman of the US Fund for UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Society. He came to a UNICEF women’s luncheon at the Hampshire House in Boston to speak about education. Education was important to Audrey Hepburn and UNICEF and New England has much to offer in the way of educational institutions.

Roaming around Pinterest, I found many amazing snapshots of Audrey.

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There are so many beautiful, fun photos of Audrey. I love the ones of her with horses in Rome when she was filming War and Peace. I love the iconic little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the outfit from Sabrina with the black top, black ankle length pants, and ballet flats. She was so much more than an actress and pretty face though. Her work for UNICEF helped children and people in impoverished communities in Africa. The last photo is from a UNICEF trip in Africa. Just 4 months before she died, she went to Somalia and held malnourished babies in her arms, the photos from that trip are terrifyingly beautiful.

Audrey turned to acting because she was told she had too weak a constitution to be a prima ballerina due to her own poor nutrition growing up in war torn Europe. From everything I have read about Ms. Hepburn, I would say that what she may have lacked in physical toughness or strength, she certainly made up for in emotional/mental strength.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” – Audrey Hepburn

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