Daily Thoughts

The Lovely Audrey Hepburn

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

Audrey Hepburn was an actress, model, and humanitarian. She is one of the most popular people in modern history. She was born on May 4, 1929 in Belgium. Although she is very well known for her work with UNICEF, she originally had contact with the charity during World War II, while she was living in the Netherlands. She was malnourished and starving because the Nazis had taken all the food. UNICEF came in and helped feed her and millions of others who were near death due to Hitler’s reign of terror. After the war, she wanted to be a ballerina. This dream was crushed because the competition was too great from the girls who were still able to train during World War II. She became a model, and then an actress and performed in many famous, classic films that are still watched today, such as Sabrina, How To Steal A Million, Funny Face, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday, Charade, and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Audrey toured many underprivileged countries such as Ethiopia, Turkey, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Somalia. She brought hope and awareness to all the places she visited through UNICEF. In September of 1992, Audrey found out that she had a rare condition of stomach cancer. She went back to Switzerland. Hepburn took walks around her garden every day, until she was too weak. She was surrounded by family and friends when she died on January 20, 1993. Her son also started a charity that partners with UNICEF called the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund. It’s main purpose is to do what Audrey wanted most: to raise money and awareness for children’s needs around the world.

“Hepburn’s legacy as an actress and a personality has endured long after her death. The American Film Institute named Hepburn third among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time. She stands as one of few entertainers who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. She won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role. In her last years, she remained a visible presence in the film world. She received a tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 1991 and was a frequent presenter at the Academy Awards. She received the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. She was the recipient of numerous posthumous awards including the 1993 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and competitive Grammy and Emmy Awards. She has been the subject of many biographies since her death and the 2000 dramatization of her life titled The Audrey Hepburn Story which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Emmy Rossum as the older and younger Hepburn respectively. The film concludes with footage of the real Audrey Hepburn, shot during one of her final missions for UNICEF.”

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