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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Audrey Hepburn

Today is (was) Audrey Hepburn's birthday, and she would have been 82.  Some of you might know that my favourite film is Breakfast At Tiffany's, and thanks to people constantly donating items with her face on it, I've ended up with quite a collection of A.H. memorobilia.

A lot of people don't know much more about her than her movies, but for most of life she worked as an ambassador to UNICEF, and as a result of all the work she did for them she was awarded the Presidential Freedom Award - which is the highest civilian award in the USA - in 1992.  She visited places all over the world in her role as ambassador, including Turkey, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guatamala, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand.

Towards the end of her life, Audrey Hepburn worked more for UNICEF than she did on films, and she gave her time and energy and support to helping impoverished children around the world.  She really was a wonderful person, and I hope that people remember her as much for her good works and kindess as they do for her movies.

If you want to read the UNICEF blurb about her, you can find it here.  Or the book written by her son, Audrey Hepbrun, An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers gives a lot of accurate information about her early and late life; her work; her films; her family; and sets straight a few urban myths or false facts stated in other biogrophies.  Full of pictures, too, this is a wonderful book if you wanted to read more about her.

Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!

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