Elegance, style and grace. These three words are truly synonymous with the infamous actress, Audrey Hepburn and I would have loved the opportunity to meet this beautiful, talented woman in real life. We know her from some of the popular movies of the twentieth century — Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Funny Face — to name a few where should had captured hearts around the world. We know she shared the screen with iconic celebrities such as, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper and Cary Grant. Oh, what a life Ms. Hepburn had!
Audrey emerged as a fashion icon as well as a film legend and her influence on women’s fashion virtually unparalleled to this day. But behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey was a much deeper person and was tenacious beyond compare. One may not know of her difficult childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II where she almost lost her life from starvation, or of her struggles as a young ballet dancer presenting private dance recitals to collect money for resistance workers. She had endured an astonishing array of challenges — was abandoned by her father yet trained by her mother never to complain. This woman was a rock. These experiences helped mold her to strength beyond measure. This small stature of a woman, with all the poise and grace in the world could fool anyone who looked only at the surface. Isn’t it true when we judge only by our eyes, we never get the opportunity to really know the power inside the package?
It was this passion and drive that prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the end of the war: UNICEF. Her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry children, her caring heart, her compassion for others is the beautiful Audrey that I admire.