Audrey Hepburn is still one of the most admired and imitated actresses of all time.
Her breakout role came in 1953’s Roman Holiday, for which she won an Oscar for best actress. Hepburn would go on to star in a string of successful films, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, Sabrina, and Funny Face.
In addition to her cinematic charm, Hepburn became a major figure in fashion as the muse of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, who custom-designed many of her characters’ costumes.
In her later years, she turned her focus to charitable work—becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, and posthumously winning the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award the following year. Hepburn died in Switzerland in 1993 at the age of 63.
Here is a wonderful poem Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her ‘beauty tips.’
It was read by Gregory Peck at her funeral years later:
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.