Audrey Hepburn – Legend’s Flower
Remembering Audrey Hepburn is especially poignant on this day, May 4th, her seventy-ninth birthday, a flower born of Spring, etched into our collective memory of archetype beauty, an exquisite spirit who inspired the world with her grace and elegant simplicity. An Academy Award winner for Roman Holiday (1953), Tony Award winner stage actress, fashion icon and passionate humanitarian for UNICEF. An honoree of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and voted by The American Film Institute as the third greatest film star of all time. She succeeded in becoming one of the most beloved women of the Twentieth Century.
Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston-Hepburn in 1929 of Dutch-Anglo parents in Brussels, Belgium, a child of World War II, much like her friend Sophia Loren, subjected to poverty and insecurity in a war-torn Europe; starvation and danger a constant companion under Nazi occupation. Her mother was the former Baroness Ella van Heemstra, a Dutch aristocrat. Audrey was also a descendant of England’s King Edward III and of James Hepburn, 4th Earl Of Boswell, the consort of Mary Queen Of Scotts, making her a distant cousin of Diana, Princess Of Wales and also, suggested by Wikipedia, the late Katherine Hepburn.
So much has been written about this actress who affected so many within Hollywood as well as around the world. A simple woman dressed in black, gazing at the jewels of Tiffany’s with a donut in her mouth or mesmerizing an awe stuck audience as she sits on a New York City fire escape lamenting Moon River in song with her unmistakable voice in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
A famous life, for all the right reasons, a private person uncomplicated by long stories of accomplishments that could never adequately be written about her life except to note that on this day, seventy-nine years ago, legends flower was born.
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