When I was first getting to know Audrey, I found out Roman Holiday was her first Hollywood movie, so it seemed only fitting to start with that :) and what a lovely first Audrey movie to start with ! To this day it’s still my favorite.
I’m gonna have to say her smoking. At first I was actually horrified to find out that someone I idolized so much had been a smoker but nowadays I know that it was a common habit in her time and that smoking was actually considered healthy. Donald Spoto wrote in his book Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn that ever since she tasted chocolate and cigarettes for the first time after the war, she had a craving for them all her life. So I forgive her.
This day is special to me in many ways. Obviously it’s Christmas Eve, so I get to spend time with my mom and siblings, eat loads of good food, watch movies, listen to music and just relax. Also it was this day last year that I saw a documentary on TV that changed my life. Yep, you guessed it - it was a documentary about the life and films of Audrey Hepburn.
I knew who Audrey Hepburn was even before I saw the documentary. I mean, who doesn’t - she’s an icon of her time in the same way that Marilyn Monroe is, a sort of a symbol of old Hollywood like James Dean and others. My knowledge of her career, however, was limited to Breakfast at Tiffany’s which was the sort of a movie that you know to be a classic and something you should see before you die but I hadn’t seen it yet. My knowledge of her as a person was virtually non-existing and I had no idea about her work with UNICEF, if she had children of her own and honestly, I wasn’t even sure if she was still alive.
So there I was, channel hopping as I waited for my mum to come pick me up for Christmas dinner. Long story short, I became absolutely mesmerized by this tiny woman in my TV, a woman with a radiant smile, sparkling brown eyes and a classiness to her that shone through pictures and video clips presented in the documentary. I couldn’t believe that such a fragile looking little thing could’ve survived as much hardship as she did - WWII, near starvation, two divorces and miscarriages… By the time they started discussing her later life and work with UNICEF, I was bawling like a baby. The first thing I did after libraries opened after the holidays was riding my bicycle to the nearest one and lending out few of Audrey’s movies. Soon enough I was watching Roman Holiday thinking “Where have you been all my life?!”
Now, 12 months later not a day goes by that I don’t think about Audrey Hepburn in some way. Her pictures cover my apartment, not to mention the portrait tattoo I carry on my shoulder. She inspires me to be a better, classier person every day. I know she had her flaws, but her good qualities outweigh them by far. I may sound obsessed (read: I am obsessed…) but I like to think that there are far worse role models to choose from (and it’s not like I just sit around all day, watching her pictures and movies.. I do have a life :D). I created this blog in order to channel my love for Audrey Hepburn (all my friends are sick of hearing me talk about her.. what else was I supposed to do?) and to honor her life and her career. I thank each and every one of you for following this humble blog and I’m glad to know it’s all for Audrey. :)
"In a cruel and imperfect world, she was living proof that God could still create perfection"
I saw a lot of other Audrey bloggers doing this and thought “me too I wanna do that too!”, so here goes !
Day 1 - Your favourite thing about Audrey
There are literally countless things I love about Audrey but I’ve got to say her kind-hearted spirit for this one. Obviously I can’t say for sure and as an absolute truth since I didn’t know her personally, but what I’ve read from biographies and from the interviews of people she worked with, she seems like the type of person who’d never say a bad thing about anyone or be mean to anyone intentionally. I try to follow her example as much as I can - not to think bad of people or judge anyone before getting to know them. Although the first one is particularly hard sometimes because some people are just so darn annoying !
Audrey Hepburn misplaced her Academy Award only minutes after accepting it. She realized this on the steps of the Center Theater in New York, quickly turned around and retrieved her statue from the ladies’ room.
“Most people think of Audrey Hepburn as regal. I like to think of her as spunky. It was my good luck to be her first screen fellow, to hold out my hand and help her keep her balance while she made everybody in the world fall in love with her.”—Roman Holiday co-star Gregory Peck on Audrey Hepburn