Ladies I Love: Audrey Hepburn

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I am inspired by so many wonderful women in this world, and I feel it is important to share the amazing accomplishments of people, especially women. So this is the start of my latest series I’m calling Ladies I Love, with the inaugural post being about the one and only Audrey Hepburn.

Audrey Hepburn is probably best known for her acting career, in particular Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, her life was full of fascinating events and she is a remarkable woman. Born in Brussels Belgium in 1929. Her childhood was mostly spent during World War II in the Netherlands, where famine was a huge issue. She became a proficient ballet dancer at the time, despite the tragedy surrounding her.

After the war, she started pursuing a professional career in ballet, but her height and weak body after years of malnutrition made that unattainable, so she began acting. Her first major role in Roman Holiday led to her first Academy Award and her only Golden Globe. She continued to gain renowned roles, including her Tony Award winning role in Ondine.Her most iconic role is clearly as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

She became a fashion icon from that role, and to this day is still admired for her fashion choices. But what I find most inspiring is her work with UNICEF, which was inspired after her treacherous childhood during WWII. She went on her first mission to Ethiopia in 1988. She was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, and given many honors for her humanitarian work. Although she had worked with the charity during her acting career, it was after where she made her most dedicated work, including clean water projects in Vietnam, food delivery in Central Africa, and immunisations in Turkey.

Audrey Hepburn died in 1993 to cancer, but her legacy still lives and thrives today. This woman is so inspirational in so many ways. She was a classy woman who stood up for what was right and for herself, and never let anything keep her from living a full, successful, and happy life. All of us could use a little more Audrey in our lives.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. I LOVE this. I’m also a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn, but it does sometimes irritate me that the only things people ever mention are how beautiful/graceful she was. She was such a selfless and generous person, and I also love this post for including a photo of her in her old age, and not just when she was young and pretty!

    Elizabeth Jahns
    http://vodkaandimpropriety.com

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  2. Shann Eva says:

    I didn’t realize she was a ballet dancer first. So cool .She was such a beautiful woman inside and out.

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  3. Also a huge fun. She was timeless and so special. Thanks for sharing. Great photo choices of her as well.

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  4. dawnlizjones says:

    One of my daughter’s faves! I LOVED her in My Fair Lady also, a movie which has interesting social philosophy embedded within….

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  5. Daje Morris says:

    Hi Michelle! I never knew that Audrey worked so extensively with UNICEF. That’s pretty inspiring! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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