How do you know for sure Ms Hepburn wasn't anorexic or at least had some kind of eating disorder? how do you know?
Ok well, obviously I didn’t know Audrey personally. But the people who did, her sons Luca and Sean, her last partner before her death, Robert Wolders and her ex-husband, Andrea Dotti who specialized in treating eating disorders, have all stated numerous times that Audrey did not have anorexia, she simply had a fast metabolism. Andrea has been quoted saying that Audrey always maintained a “healthy but disciplined diet, based upon her youthful training as a ballet dancer”.
A book called Audrey Hepburn: An Intimate Portrait claimed that Audrey Hepburn was indeed anorexic at least a part of her life (among other claims) and her family was outraged and sued the author, Robert Wolders saying that the claims were bullshit. Sean and Luca have on many occasions remembered how their mother loved pasta and would often cook and eat large portions of it. She herself often said that she absolutely loved chocolate and cakes.
So I’m gonna go ahead and say that she was not anorexic, merely thin by nature. Can I know FOR SURE? Well, no. But I’d say my case is pretty strong.
“She completely looked the part of a princess. A real, live, bona fide princess. And when she opened her mouth you were sure you’d found a princess.”—William Wyler on casting Audrey Hepburn in the role of Princess Ann in Roman Holiday