I mentioned that yesterday was Star Wars day in my previous post about my experiences growing up with Star Wars. What I didn’t mention however, was that yesterday was important for another reason as well. It was Audrey Hepburn’s birthday. She would be turning 81 if she was still alive. Unfortunately Audrey’s life was taken by appendiceal cancer in 1993, shortly after her final film role in Steven Spielberg’s (arguably most forgotten) film Always. I will never forget Audrey Hepburn and I don’t think society will ever forget her either. There are a very few people that will be remembered and cherished by society years after their death for living such wonderful and poignant lives and Audrey is one of those people.
Audrey burst onto Hollywood out of nowhere in 1953 after a series of smaller roles to make her first starring appearance as Princess Ann in the classic Princess-cum-Commoner tale Roman Holiday with co-star Gregory Peck. Audiences ate up the film. It won 3 Oscars, including one for Hepburn’s acting. Though she would be nominated another 4 times, for Sabrina, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Nun’s Story, she never won another Oscar. Audrey has starred in many of Hollywood’s most memorable roles in everything from musicals like My Fair Lady and Funny Face to thrillers like Charade and Wait Until Dark. Audrey displayed her acting diversity again and again from role to role, but never gave up her stylish beauty, even up to her death at the age of 63. Audrey got to star opposite most of Hollywood’s greatest leading men as well, with everyone from Rex Harrison to Humphrey Bogart to Carey Grant. Audrey became veritable Hollywood royalty.
Anyone who knows me knows of my love for Audrey Hepburn. It would almost be gay if I didn’t want to invent a time machine, go back to 1952 and marry her. Audrey Hepburn was not the typical Hollywood kind of beautiful, but that’s what I fell in love with about her. She wasn’t blonde, she didn’t have perfect legs or large breasts, but she had the most beautiful eyes and the most captivating smile anyone could imagine. She was truly beautiful in her own way and I think that’s why she captured America’s heart so quickly. Everyone else saw her beauty and her off-beat style and decided that’s what they wanted, to just be themselves, not to comply with the demands of society, but to dress the way they wanted and look the way they wanted and still be beautiful. She was an inspiration for millions of women for generations. I was actually first introduced to Audrey Hepburn when I was about 10 and watched a movie about her life on TV starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as Audrey. It wasn’t the greatest movie, but I was suddenly intrigued by this woman and now, a decade later, I’ve seen most of her films and I even own a gigantic Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster that had once garnered the walls of my bedroom.
Audrey Hepburn will always stay in my heart as she continues to capture it again and again. She was a truly beautiful woman and she will not be forgotten. Goodbye Audrey.