In the past couple weeks I’ve found myself watching a number of Audrey Hepburn movies. After the first one I just couldn’t stop. And, naturally, this led me to me watching a number of her films and learning all I could about this Hollywood icon.
It all started when I saw Roman Holiday was playing at the cute local theatre nearby. Having never seen it before, I grabbed a friend and went to the film. It turns out Roman Holiday has everything I love in a movie. For those unfamiliar, it’s a combination of How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Prince and Me and The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Seriously, it’s a pretty perfect movie. It also has the forbidden romance element which I can’t seem to get enough of. Plus, Audrey won an Oscar for this movie in her first feature role.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was playing a few days later. I had seen this one before, but I wanted to see it again. It was even better than I remembered. The life of Holly Golightly is full of fabulous fashions and exuberant shenanigans. Plus there’s a kitty! Since then I’ve watched Funny Face and Sabrina, and I have another couple very high on my “Next to Watch” list.
But back to Audrey. I’ve recently realized she is the epitome of class and everything I want to be. Audrey grew up under harsh conditions in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands before getting her start on Broadway and then in Hollywood. And then, after a couple Oscars and being at the height of her career, Audrey left the film industry behind to spend more time with her family and pursue humanitarian work with UNICEF. Throughout her life Audrey was smart and determined, iconic and compassionate. I respect so many of her qualities. Every time I learn something new about her I love her even more.
When things are tough and you’re feeling a little lost, I think Audrey has some excellent words of wisdom. Sometimes life gets you down and sometimes you have to lay in bed and watch Audrey Hepburn movies on repeat. But I think the reason I’ve been drawn to her recently is Audrey knew what was important. I think the way she lived her life was very inspiring. When I’m sad, unsure and defeated, these are some words that continue to make me smile.
“I love people who can make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
“The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
“There is more to feminine charm than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much femininity, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.”
So put on some lipstick, a fabulous outfit and a killer smile and go out there and conquer the world. At least, that’s something I’m working on!
Does Audrey Hepburn inspire you? Who are your role models? Let me know in the comments!
Till next time,