Audrey Hepburn

by Jordan Tordilla from San Diego, California in United States

123505Audrey Hepburn 1954Wikimedia CommonsSabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and How to Steal a Million are iconic movies with legendary actors. These actors led a life of glitz and glamour, but each and every one of them have a backstory to tell. Audrey Hepburn was one of those many actors with a backstory underneath it all. Audrey Hepburn was a child of war who overcame adversity. Despite her rough upbringing, she became one of the biggest names in the movie industry. After a successful career working in hollywood, she became a UNICEF ambassador to repay those who aided her during the war. A hero is brave, kind, and empathetic. Audrey Hepburn has shown each and every one of those qualities through her life during the war and her work with UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn was an idol and an inspiration to many people around the world. With her bravery when she was a teenager and her empathetic work as a humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn is a true hero to all.

123549Audrey dancing during WW2crashmacduff.wordpress.comAudrey Hepburn showed exceptional bravery during her teen years when she lived in war stricken Arnhem, Netherlands. Although she was born into a rich family, she did not live a life of luxury. She lived in the dirt and her city was a battlefield. During the war, “She volunteered as a nurse and is rumored to have assisted in the Resistance Movement” (Young-Brown 3). Audrey helped the troops, who were fighting the Nazis, by healing them to the best of her ability. She used basic medical knowledge to aid them in any way she could. Audrey did her best to help the Dutch Resistance in any way she could: “Her own school girl efforts on behalf of the Dutch Underground included, hiding messages in the shoes and ferrying them by bicycle” (Hepburn 5). Audrey Hepburn risked being caught for freedom. She was brave enough to do the right thing and help the resistance. She was a perfect messenger due to her age. No one would suspect a teenage girl to carry messages to resistance leaders. She did her best to help the situation at hand and did everything in her power to make life better. Audrey Hepburn showed bravery as a teen while living in war torn Arnhem, Netherlands. When the war was over Arnhem gained relief services from many organizations, including UNICEF.

123488Mission with UNICEFJohn IssacAfter her career in the movie industry, Audrey went on to become a UNICEF ambassador. Through her work as a humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn showed that she contained an abundance of kindness and empathy. Audrey wanted to repay those who aided her after the war, “A former recipient of UNICEF relief aid, she considered her role as UNICEF special ambassador on of the most important in her life” (The Gale Group 8). Hepburn’s work as a UNICEF ambassador became her life after acting. She dedicated the rest of her life giving back to the ones who helped her by helping those in war stricken areas. She showed her kind heart when she saw the children of where she was sent out to. While she worked with UNICEF, “As UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador, she used her celebrity and the media coverage it attracted to speak for millions of starving children around the world, voiceless victims of war and drought” (Hepburn 21). Hepburn used her status to raise awareness and shed light on the problematic effects of war. Thanks to her efforts, the world knows a little more about the situations the children of war have to go through. Audrey Hepburn used her social standing and work to pay tribute to the ones who helped her as a teenager. Though her work she honored them and helped children just like her.

123536Nothing is Impossiblequotespicky.comAudrey Hepburn has shown bravery, kindness, and empathy throughout her whole life. She is an idol to many and a hero to all. As a teen Audrey Hepburn lived through World War Ⅱ and gained relief aids from UNICEF by the end of the war. Hepburn suffered through some of the worst parts of the war, but she persevered. She started as a war stricken child, to become one of the most famous movie stars, and then became an ambassador for UNICEF. Through her movies Audrey Hepburn influenced the standard for women. She left a long lasting impression on the world. Many would never think someone with a background like Audrey Hepburn would become something. In many cases the children who suffer from war become lost and no one wants to find them. Audrey Hepburn became one of the biggest names in Hollywood despite what she had gone through. She used her experience as a motivation instead of a set back. Audrey Hepburn is a true hero, idol, and icon.

Works Cited

"Hepburn, Audrey Kathleen." The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, et al., vol. 3: 1991-1993, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001, pp. 264-266. Biography In Context, Accessed 6 Apr. 2018.

The Gale Group Inc. “Hepburn, Audrey.” International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers,, 2018, Accessed 27 Mar. 2018.

Young-Brown, Fiona. "Audrey Hepburn." Audrey Hepburn (Culture Series), Dec. 2008, p. 1. EBSCOhost, Accessed 27 Mar. 2018.

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