1 – She was very involved in humanitarian work during her life
Audrey was a ambassador for UNICEFF and spent time in several countries doing various humanitarian assignments. Her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, wrote a biography about his mother about a decade after her passing. He said of his mother, “My mother had a secret. I don’t think she would mind my saying it…she was sad. Not that life treated her badly, and therefore she was sad. Life was tough but good. My mother was sad because of what she saw happening to the children of this world.” [Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit] Audrey loved children dearly and was so saddened to witness their suffering around the world.
Gregory Peck, her co-star in Roman Holiday, said of Audrey, “One of the most loved, one of the most skillful, one of the most intelligent, one of the most sensitive, charming actresses—and friends, in my life—but also in the later stages of her life, the UNICEF ambassador to the children of the world. The generosity, sensitivity, the nobility of her service to the children of the world and the mothers of the world will never be forgotten.”
2 – She starred in some of the most beloved and iconic films in the industry
Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark, and so many more films. Roman Holiday remains one of my favorite films since I first watched it years ago- I absolutely love everything about it. If you haven’t seen it be sure to set aside a night out of your week and enjoy Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck light up your screen.
3 – She was classy inside and out
Audrey’s style is iconic. She graces the pages of hundreds if not thousands of fashion books – but she was more than just classy in appearance. She didn’t let the superficiality of beauty or fashion consume her or define her. She once said, “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”
4 – She was an introvert
As an introvert myself, I love this fact about Audrey. She once said, “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” She needed precious time alone in order to refuel. She said in an interview with LIFE Magazine back in 1953, “I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
5 – She cherished the things that mattered most in life
Her son’s biography says that Audrey was “a woman whose deep desire was for her family to be together, who loved her dogs, her garden and a plain plate of spaghetti…” She was a devoted friend and mother and even retired from film for many years to focus on family. Her children were so important to her, and both of her sons have written books about their love for their mother. Audrey’s example of grace, kindness and service are inspiring to many, but I think her sons can attest to the fact that their mother focused on what mattered most.
Are you a fan of Audrey Hepburn? What are some things that you love about her? Favorite films? Favorite quotes? We’d love to hear!