Despite being one of the most well known icons of the Hollywood Industry,I believe Audrey Hepburn has always been praised less than she deserved .She is also one of the reasons I regret not being born an earlier era. Media usually reports her for her acting or her beauty or her being a fashion icon,But rarely for her incredible intelligence, versatility and creativity.
Here is essentially her timeline
She never knew her father till she grew much older and searched for him herself.
By the age of 5,she started participating in ballet.
She spoke English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian fluently.
She was an agent against the Nazi occupation for the Dutch Resistance,and used to carry messages in her ballet slippers.
She escaped twice after being surrounded by German troopers by use of her cuteness.
Her family went through the famine,holocaust,and a brutal war during her childhood years.
Hepburn suffered from malnutrition, developed acute anemia, respiratory problems, and edema during her childhood years.
She also raised money with her ballet performances for the Dutch Resistance. Audrey Hepburn, one of the most tiniest and frailest thing on screen, once fought for the freedom of a country with ballet.
All this was before the age of 16 years.
At the age of 16,she moved to Amsterdam and studied with one of the world’s leading ballet teachers.Then acted in musical theaters till 1953,when she was just 22 years of age.
Then was told,after all she had been through,that she cannot be accepted as a prima ballerina,as she is too tall and too thin.
At the age of 23 she acted in Roman Holiday ,which resulted in her an Academy and Golden Globe award in 1954.She spanned out working in several different films, winning three BAFTA awards and the Tony award. She would later do voice over for a children which would result in her having an Emmy and a Grammy award.
She got numerous awards for her work including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in UNICEF,spanning over countries in South America, Asia and Africa .
She was a fashion icon and set example for the world to follow what she wore, the way she carried herself and her classiness.
She became known as one of the most iconic beauties of the Hollywood industry, known for her charisma, photogenic beauty, and innocence.
She became one of the most iconic actresses of the 60s and of all time, which by my understanding is her least accomplishment.
Audrey Hepburn had two miscarriages, two failed marriages, and found stability in love only in her last 9 years of her life.For someone as beautiful,incredible and lovable as Hepburn,I find it amazing she could have troubles in love.Men in 60s were idiots.
*She had survived through a brutal war, through famine and starvation. She dealt with terrible health problems in her life, faced the usual criticism and love (maybe a bit exaggerated for her love) a Hollywood star faced.
Yet,she never coveted the role; she got what life gave her and made the best of it. She has always been grateful for what she had, always been optimistic and having faith.
She was always willing to lend a hand, hug the most terribly starved and people suffering from illnesses. None of her fame ever affected who she truly was.
In her frail body, lied an immense store of strength, creativity, zeal, passion and above all selflessness, kindness and humility and love for all mankind.
There is nothing not inspirational about her.
Three things to learn..
1. Faith.Faith in tomorrow, in people, in a dream, in miracles.
2. To accept life unconditionally and without seeking for happiness, and madly cope up with anything that comes by.
3. Never think of what others think of you, it is not your business.
4.” For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
And now quotes from Audrey Hepburn..
“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”
“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
“I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people’s minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing.”