New York finally got its’ act together and shared some glorious warm weather on Saturday and Sunday. Both days I walked miles taking in the sunshine and getting my feet ready for Jack Rogers weather and now that April showers are over I am ready to go full steam ahead into May. But first, back to April for a moment – my post popular Facebook post last month was about Audrey Hepburn and the quote I found touched me so much that I needed to give it its own blog post:
Audrey Hepburn was the granddaughter of a baron, the daughter of a nazi sympathizer, spent her teens doing ballet to secretly raise money for the Dutch resistance against the Nazis, and spent her post-film career as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, winning the presidential medal of freedom for her efforts. And history remembers her as pretty.
Today would have been Audrey’s 86th birthday and after learning more about her background she really did die far too soon, of cancer in 1993 at the age of 63. She is still one of only a handful of entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony award. What does not get shed light on though, was that Audrey was tremendously gifted – speaking six languages, having trained in classical ballet, and devoting her post-acting life to helping impoverished children in third-world countries.
I have been a fan of Audrey for year’s but only recently learned about her career outside the silver screen. I had the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster in my college dorm room for four years and even brought it with me when I moved to New York City and dressed up as Holly Gohlightly for Halloween this year. For years I only knew the British actress in this film until one of my friends gave me a copy of Roman Holiday before I studied aboard in Rome. Her role as Princes Ann was certainly Oscar worthy and this movie was a great introduction into the rest of her films like My Fair Lady and Funny Face.
Many people call her the most beautiful woman of all time and I do not disagree. I wanted to wish a very happy birthday to one of the most wonderful leading ladies Hollywood has ever seen!
A very happy birthday to one of my favorite starlets!