I want to be like Audrey Hepburn, but even better (I think this and I smile). Here's a tribute to the profound actress who also made a name for herself as a philanthropic humanitarian.
A Little About Audrey
Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. Both her parents were wealthy (her father was an English banker and her mother was a Dutch baroness), but they divorced and Hepburn attended a school exclusive for girls in Holland
"While vacationing with her mother in Arnhem, Holland, Hitler's army took over the town. It was here that she fell on hard times during the Nazi occupation. Audrey suffered from depression and malnutrition. After the liberation, Audrey went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career" (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000030/bio).
She found a niche for modeling, and at that time movie producers began approaching her as well. 1948 is when Hepburn started making a name for herself in film. She was in:
Dutch in Seven Lessons (1948)
Young Wives' Tale (1951)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Funny Face (1957)
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
The Nun's Story (1959)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Two for the Road (1967)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
She was named one of the top 100 Movie Stars of All Time, and she worked for UNICEF from 1988 on. IMDb wrote that some of Hepburn's trademarks were: Here elegant beauty, Her elegant beauty, she was often cast opposite leading men who were considerably older than her, she often played classy high society women, and her wide brown eyes.
According to UNICEF's website (www.unicef.org)...
"Soon after becoming a UNICEF ambassador, Hepburn went on a mission to Ethiopia, where years of drought and civil strife had caused terrible famine. After visiting UNICEF emergency operations, she talked about the projects to the media in the United States, Canada and Europe over several weeks, giving as many as 15 interviews a day. It set a precedent for her commitment to the organization."
Picture courtesy of www.unicef.org
UNICEF went on to explain that Hepburn has traveled to Turkey, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Bangladesh, and Viet Nam. Aside from traveling the world to make a difference, UNICEF also dislcosed that "[Hepburn] testified before the US Congress, took part in the World Summit for Children, launched UNICEF's State of the World's Children reports, hosted Danny Kaye International Children's Award ceremonies, designed fundraising cards, participated in benefit concert tours and gave many speeches and interviews promoting UNICEF's work."
Hepburn recieved the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December, 1992. She continued to travel (with cancer) to Somalia, Kenya, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, and the United States. "She died in her home in Switzerland on 20 January 1993."