Inspirational people surround us at every turn. To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I post a Monday Muse dedicated to the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.
Last time I honoured author, Louise Hay. You can read that post HERE. Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to the much-loved actress, Audrey Hepburn.
I’m so happy that my thirteen-year-old daughter is an avid Audrey Hepburn fan too, it means we can have girlie nights full of popcorn and golden oldie films. I’ll never forget the first time I sat her down to watch Roman Holiday. She thought the telly was broken until I explained what ‘black and white’ films were all about!
Audrey’s dream was to be a prima ballerina, but World War II made this an impossible dream. Instead, she worked as a model and auditioned to dance in a chorus line. By taking this path, it led to her acting the role of Princess Anne in Roman Holiday.
She made 25 movies and became an icon and much-loved celebrity. What I adore most about Audrey Hepburn is her dedication to helping other people. She was an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and has a wonderful charity, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, which is chaired by her youngest son, Luca Dotti. Yes, she was a style icon, a talented actress, and a beautiful person but her passion for helping other people – an empathy she no doubt learned during her liberation – was her true legacy.
Why do we believe that we can only be ‘one’ thing? Audrey showed us that it’s possible to make a difference in other people’s lives as well as our own – this is something I admire.
Audrey was born on the 4th May 1929 in Brussels. Her parents, Joseph, and Ella sent Audrey to a boarding school in England when she was just five-years-old. She remained in the UK until WWII was declared in 1939 when her father put her on one of the last planes out of England and sent her back to Holland (a neutral country). In 1940 Germany invaded Holland, and her young life changed forever.
One of Audrey’s most famous roles was as the sophisticated Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (another one of my daughter’s favourite films), and it’s incredible to note that she began working on this film just three months after having her son, Sean.
I will happily watch Audrey’s films over and over, but I also use her powerful and motivational quotes on a daily basis. She was inspirational in so many ways and continues to have a positive influence on me, and on a new generation of young ladies.
My favourite films include:
- Roman Holiday
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- How To Steal a Million
- My Fair Lady
Want to learn more about the life of Audrey Hepburn? Take a look at http://www.audreyhepburn.com
Do you have a favourite Audrey Hepburn film/moment? Has an actress/actor ever shaped how you see yourself/feel? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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