So the story goes that Audrey Hepburn was engaged to British industrialist, James Hanson in 1952. She called it “love at first sight,” the couple had set a wedding date and Hepburn went to the elegant “Sorelle Fontana” – the Fontana Sisters, in Rome, to be fitted for her gown. The engagement was, subsequently called off by Hepburn, whose star was in the ascendant and thought the demands of her career would wreak havoc on any marriage at the time. So here she is, in Rome, being fitted for her dress.
Once the wedding was shelved, Hepburn had a wedding gown sans a wedding. She heard of an impoverished young girl, outside of Rome, who was about to be married but was unable to buy a dress – Hepburn donated her gown to the young lady, offering her very best wishes to the new bride and groom. ~
I can’t really put into words what Audrey means to me. She has been a huge source of inspiration to me for practically my whole life. I feel like I wouldn’t be the person that I am without her. While she’s most remembered for her beauty and elegance on screen, what I love most about her is her heart. She was an incredibly loving and caring woman, her elegance and grace extended far beyond the screen. We were lucky to have a person like her in the public eye.
Thank you, Audrey, for everything that you have given me and countless others. Thank you for using your voice to help others. Thank you for showing us that humility and kindness are the most beautiful qualities that a person can have. You are truly missed.
Rest in peace, Audrey.
“Everything you have read, heard, or wished to be true about Audrey Hepburn, doesn’t come close to how wonderful she was. There’s not a human being on earth that was kinder, more gentle, more caring, more giving, brighter, and more modest than Audrey. She was just an extraordinary, extraordinary person. Everyone should know that.”
Sam Wasson on Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn | May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993 |
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn
“Love does not terrify me. but the going away of it does. I have been made terribly aware of how everything can be wrenched away from you and your life torn apart. If I had known very secure nights all my life, if I had never seen or felt the fear of being tortured or deported or blown up into a million pieces, then I would not fear it.”
“The greatest victory has been to be able to live with myself, to accept my shortcomings… I’m a long way from the human being I’d like to be. But I’ve decided I’m not so bad after all.”
“Giving is living. If you ever stop wanting to give, there’s nothing more to live for.”
“It has stayed with me through my own relationships. When I fell in love and got maried, I lived in constant fear of being left. Whatever you love most, you fear you might lose, you know it can change. Why do you look from left to right when you cross the street? Because you don’t want to get run over. But, you still cross the street.”
“Since the world has existed, there has been injustice. But it is one world, the more so as it becomes smaller, more accessible. There is just no question that there is a moral obligation that those who have should give to those who have nothing.”
“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
Rest in Peace, Audrey Kathleen Ruston
(May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1990)
Twenty-five years ago, the world lost Audrey Hepburn much too soon. She was a person whose kind heart and contributions to making the world a more humane place were of far greater merit than her stunning beauty and great taste in clothes.
Wherever you are Ms. Hepburn, know that you are sorely missed.
Blake Edwards and Audrey Hepburn behind the scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).