“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.” If I could invite someone famous to have dinner with I would choose Audrey Hepburn.
Audrey Hepburn passed away in 1993, but the legacy of her grace and humility continues to influence me. These traits were in evidence when she attributed her success in life to luck, once claiming she was always inexperienced for each new venture. They were again clear when she understated her physical beauty saying that even her mother thought her an ugly duckling. She thought the beauty which counted came from within. That is what captured the world’s attention when she starred in Roman Holiday. She wore her heart on the outside and it was impossible to miss. When someone sincerely cares more about other people than they care about themselves, don’t you think that is unabashedly attractive? It has a staying power that physical beauty does not.
She appealed to me on other less noble levels, as well. Who doesn’t think romance when they think of Audrey? This October marks the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The movie that introduced “the little black dress”. Entire events are planned around this movie! It captures you, because everyone has fallen in love, or has fallen in love with the idea of falling in love. And of course, your heart can’t resist feeling light when you watch her dance with Fred Astaire. You absolutely want to start dancing, too!
I admire Ms. Hepburn for her perhaps, less known, humanitarian efforts. This legacy was more important to her than her film legacy. She selflessly dedicated the last five years of her life to UNICEF, coming to the aid of children worldwide. She understood the need to aid struggling children and fighting for basic human rights. The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund created by her sons Sean and Luca and her companion, Robert Wolders, continues her work by providing grants to programs worldwide that come to the aid of children.
I have no doubt Audrey Hepburn’s films and humanitarian efforts will remain a lasting legacy and continue to influence generations to come.