Audrey Hepburn will always be remembered for her grace, candor, wit, and infectious smile. She could wear jewels like a princess and had some fun things to say. Recently I found this quote and thought that about summed it up:
Growing up watching her classic movies, and her iconic style, she taught me a few key lessons in life.
- How to smile – My Fair Lady – a modern retelling of Cinderella, with a Cockney twist as a young girl struggles to be transformed act like a refined lady.
- How to have more fun in life – Roman Holiday – a real princess escapes the social lights in Rome for a day and finds romance, chivalry, and her own destiny.
- How to appreciate gems – Breakfast At Tiffany’s – a socialite finds emptiness at the bottom of life’s social agendas, appreciates gorgeous things, and searches for meaning.
- How to not be gullible – Charade – A political wife gets trapped in her dead husband’s game to find stolen money and not be duped by all the men she meets.
- How to be awkward yet beautiful – Gigi – A young girl searches for her destiny while falling in love with a family friend, and shows her guile and wit.
- How to appreciate romance in life – Funny Face – A geeky bookseller is transformed into a cover-model and dances her way to fame, love, and happiness in France.
- How to start life over again, and crack an egg – Sabrina – A young girl transforms her broken heart into real meaning, all while learning to cook and love France, and herself.
She played wonderful roles, many of which portrayed a young woman coping with what seems like a perfect life on the outside, one that any woman would wish for. Model, actress, socialite, even a princess. Loved and adored. Yet many of the roles also showed that all is not as it seems even in prominent eye of life. Her personal life held sadness and joy as well and mirrored this duality. But what I admire most is her enduring spirit, bravery, and style.
Photo credits, top to bottom:
Norman Parkinson, 1955, for Glamour Magazine, on set at Roman Holiday as a princess; photo from mylusciouslife.com, and as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
If you want a bit more Audrey fun, Google “Audrey Hepburn Pink” – so many beautiful photos that remind me of the song in Funny Face!