Audrey – Copyrighted Material
ARCHIVES / October 3, 1992
JAMES ROBERTS FOR THE INDEPENDENT – ‘What was the worst thing you saw in Somalia?’ Audrey Hepburn was asked at a press conference in London last week. The cameras, which had been stuttering and flashing ever since she walked into the room, burst into a frenzy of picture-taking as she returned in her mind to her recent encounters with dying children.
‘When a child cannot smile any more, it doesn’t bear description,’ she said. The photographers recorded her grief over the innocence lost to the world. The smile of this 63-year-old woman had lit up the room as powerfully as the smile of the same woman had lifted the spirits of a generation in cinemas in the Fifties and Sixties. Now, unsmiling, she wrapped the assembled journalists in her sorrow. From the back of the room, there was even a sob.