Audrey Hepburn

by Gianna from San Diego

"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."

A woman who influenced our fashion today with high-waisted fringes, Capri pants, and as most people wear now, skinny jeans. Audrey Hepburn was referred to as "most stylish woman who ever lived," as her status of style icon still remains even after her death. Hepburn was flat-chested, had huge eyebrows, had a bony collar bone, had humongous feet, had crooked teeth, to many, she was one of the most beautiful woman who has ever lived. She inspired so many young girls with her natural beauty and kindness. Audrey Kathleen Ruston was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Unfortunately, the beautiful British actress died of cancer in Tolocbenaz, Switzerland. She is the definition of a perfect, elegant woman. Despite all her wealth and fame, she still cared for and assisted other people. Audrey Hepburn possessed humbleness and selflessness.

Audrey Hepburn earned a reputation for being humble, kind, and a charming person. She lived a philosophy of putting others before herself. Despite her beauty, Hepburn played an important role on helping broken people, especially children who have struggled to survive. "For all her otherworldly good looks, Hepburn was a down-to-earth, sensible actress in a Hollywood of excess" (Ferran, Christine). She remained her kind, innocent self, as she became more well-known. Fame didn't get to her, and she bothered to remember what she went through before she became successful. Instead of being cocky, and highlighting every beautiful feature of hers, Hepburn embraced all of her flaws. She even confessed that her mother once called her an ugly duckling. But in my eyes, she represents a swan. Audrey was almost the complete opposite to what other actresses were like. She never understood why so many people called her beautiful. "'She was actually very happy about growing older because it meant more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth and beauty that is Hollywood. She was very strict about everybody's time in life"' ("Audrey Hepburn's Son:..). Unlike other actresses who fear aging and crave for more fame, Hepburn chose to live life with her loved ones than to live it with no privacy, flashing lights, and popularity. She looked forward to retiring even though she was known as a legendary actress. Hepburn preferred to spend her time with her children and her work for UNICEF. Without a doubt, Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate actress who kids should aspire to be one day.


Although Audrey enjoyed the experiences of being an actress, the work she adored the most to do is spend her time helping and giving. She had accomplished so much, she had earned so much money, and she decided to give it to others who needed it more than she did. "After her children were grown, she wanted to help the less fortunate children of the world. She put her time and energy, as well as her substantial popularity, into bringing attention to the forgotten children. Her tireless work brought worldwide attention to the appalling conditions faced by refugees and vulnerable members of poor and war-torn countries. Hepburn gave speeches and interviews, made public appearances, and joined fund-raising efforts to support a cause close to her heart" (Great Lives from History:..). She worked extremely hard for a charity she believed in, her constant work and fundraising finally paid off because it brought it worldwide attention not for her, but for the broken countries. She used her popularity and publicity to get more people to help and spread the word. Audrey helped her career by donating and giving to those in need, but most importantly, she is helping the world. "Hepburn utilized her experiences in ministering to the world's starving children, many of whom did not know that the beautiful woman was a movie star" ("Audrey Hepburn...). Audrey wanted to give the children what they were missing, attention. She wanted to give them what she had been dreaming of giving away. She knew what it felt like starving; Hepburn did what she can to lessen the pain of the children. She knew how to handle this crisis because she has lived them.


Hepburn had a rough childhood but she still aspired to be something great, not just for her, but also for her family. Before she passed, she knew in her heart that she had done something right to shape the world. Audrey became the ambassador for UNICEF, a legendary actress, and became well-known worldwide. Her stories not only moved people, but were inspired. She impacted the world by her kindness and helped them get through tough times. After she was left by her father, Audrey realized that it was not that he didn't love her, it was then when she was getting more matured that she understood. So she wrote him a letter, and got reunited after 25 years. When she and her mother were left in the Nazi occupation of Holland, they were often left hungry; and even though her mother was left by her husband, she never spoke against him. In fact, she made Audrey more proud of him as a father. What her mother had done was surprising, and Audrey was thankful that she did not develop hatred for her father. After World War II, Audrey went to London for a ballet scholarship. For being her beautiful self, she started winning modeling assignments from fashion photographers. She met Colette, a French novelist, who insisted Hepburn to play the lead of the Broadway play, "GiGi", based on the novel Colette had written. This play was where Audrey was discovered. She is an inspiration to me because even though her childhood was traumatizing, she chased her dream and still believed in herself and pursued acting. After her experiences in her childhood, she was not angry with the world. She chose a different path in her life which led to an amazing success. But not only that, she also decided to help others who were going through the same.

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Great Lives from History: The Twentieth Century, September 2008, p1, 3p

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