Audrey Hepburn’s 91st Birthday..

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“𝑨𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒈𝒓𝒐𝒘 𝒐𝒍𝒅𝒆𝒓, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒅𝒊𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔, 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒇, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔”⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

On this day in 1929, the beautiful Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium. A talented performer, actress, humanitarian and philanthropist. Audrey spent part of her youth in England at a boarding school. During much of World War II, she studied at the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands. After the Nazis invaded the country, Hepburn and her mother struggled to survive. She reportedly helped the resistance movement by delivering messages, according to The New York Times. After the war, Hepburn continued to pursue an interest in dance. She studied ballet in Amsterdam and then later on in London. In 1948, Hepburn made her stage debut as a chorus girl in the musical ‘High Button Shoes’ in London. She also played a chorus girl in ‘Sauce Tartare’ but was moved to a featured player in Sauce Piquante (1950). At the age of 22, Hepburn went to New York to star in the Broadway Production of Gigi. Two years later, she starred in the film Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck which she was then awarded with an Oscar. Her film Sabrina was another award-worthy performance in which she earned an Academy Award nomination. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, my favourite film in the world, Hepburn starred as Holly Golightly and received her fourth Academy Award nomination for her work. (Personally, I think she should have won as the film was a work of art!)

Later in her life, Audrey took a step back from acting and proceeded to become a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in the late 1980’s. She travelled the world in order to raise awareness for children in need due to her terrible time during the World War II and this made her understand what it was like to go hungry from her days in the Netherlands during the German occupation. She made more than 50 trips visiting UNICEF in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Due to her amazing work, she won a very deserving and special Academy Award for her humanitarian work in 1993 but very sadly was unable to receive it as she passed away in her home in Switzerland after a battle with cancer.

Her work continues to help children all around the world. Her sons, Sean and Luca, along with her companion Robert Wolders, established the Audrey Hepburn Memorial Fund at UNICEF to continue Hepburn’s humanitarian work in 1994. It is now known as the Audrey Hepburn Society at the US Fund for UNICEF.

I wanted to write this post as a way of remembering Audrey Hepburn on her heavenly 91st birthday. A woman who inspires me every day and who will always be the embodiment of beauty, elegance and kindness who empowers so many women to this day. A face of true beauty and grace. Her work is something I will admire forever and continues to be a reminder for me that if you work hard you will achieve anything. And Audrey achieved so much in her lifetime, her legacy will live on forever and I will always continue to keep it alive. From one Audrey Hepburn fan to another, remember her on this special day, she will always hold a place in my heart. She truly was a real life angel.

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