UNICEF Ambassador Audrey Hepburn on her last UNICEF mission in war-torn Somalia, September 1992.
“I walked into a nightmare,” she said. “I have seen famine in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, but I have seen nothing like this - so much worse than I could possibly have imagined. I wasn’t prepared for this. It’s so hard to talk about because it’s unspeakable." Between the worst drought in history and a horrifying civil war that had destroyed the country; most of the population was starving to death. "There’s nothing left,” Audrey said. “The cattle are dead, the crops are gone, whatever there was has been looted. Anarchy. It’s a country without a government." - AUDREY HEPBURN’S WORK WITH UNICEF
realitydreamers asked: Hi! Do you know what Audrey's favourite music is?
I’ve read that she loved jazz. A woman after my own heart.
“Mum loved all the classic romantic crooners like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and … Julio Iglesias. ” - Luca Dotti
goldenchild621 asked: stunning blog!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)
randomtack asked: what are your thoughts on emma thompson's comments regarding audrey hepburn?
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t peeved by the words she used to describe Audrey. Yet, I am a fan of Emma Thompson and it would be unfair of me to judge her simply because she and I don’t share the same opinion of Audrey. I believe we all choose certain celebrities and figures as role models because we see a version of ourselves in those people. Some people may gravitate towards one type of person while others don’t. I’m thankful that when I watch Audrey act i don’t see “twee” or “mumsy”, I see “charming” and “charismatic”. Everyone differs in opinion, that’s what makes the world go round. :)
beauty-queen-lana asked: Audrey's last husband was Robert Wolder?
No, Robert and Audrey never married but there were together from 1980 until her death in 1993.
"In Rob, she had finally met ‘her spiritual twin’, the man she wanted to grow old with." (Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris)
vorreipoteramareilmare asked: Oh I love Audrey! 💕
Me, too! Xo
mademoiselle-ec asked: Hi! Do you know in which language Audrey spoke to her children? Thanks!
I asked Luca Dotti (her son) and this was his response:
"At home mum, my brother Sean and I, spoke a funny mix of Italian, French and English. Mainly based on Italian that seemed to win over the others. Others were often confused by ‘our’ slang." - Luca Dotti
thedancingcow asked: I've never been able to come to a conclusive answer about how many and what languages Audrey spoke. English, Dutch, French, and Italian are obvious. But I've seen references to German (according to Sean in a written interview) and Spanish (according to Stanley Donen and her speaking a little in UNICEF footage), and Barry Paris' bio also mentions a questionnaire that Audrey did in the 50s that said she knew 7 languages. Would you kindly ask Luca so we could maybe get a definite answer? Thanks!
I wrote to Luca and this was his response:
"Mum was fluent in English, Dutch and French. She expressed herself perfectly in Italian with some funny mistakes and was quite ok in Spanish. I understand she was fluent in German too but rarely used it." - Luca Dotti
pxpstar asked: did audrey ever stop smoking? if so what age? love your blog! i'm a huge audrey fan, funny face and charade are my favs! xo
Thank you very much. Funny Face and Charade are exceptional films, you have great taste. Unfortunately, I don’t think Audrey ever stopped smoking. According to friends, Audrey’s only ‘flaw’ was that she smoked.
tr0picalmermaid asked: any tips on how to look and act like Audrey? xx
In order to look like Audrey, you need the fashion essentials: little black dress, oversized sunglasses, a pair of capris, a white cotton shirt, ballet flats, kitten heels, a good coat, an exceptional collection of accessories (earrings, scarves and a favorite lipstick), and a chic haircut. She always had exceptional posture and carried herself with incredible grace and poise. She mastered the perfect cat eye with well applied mascara to make the eyes pop. Audrey’s beauty was all in her eyes, the windows to her soul. To act like Audrey, it helps to be charming, caring, and modest. She was raised never to make a spectacle of herself and to always be polite. Good manners go a long way. Also, if you really want to complete the whole look, the best accessory is a little Yorkshire terrier named Mr. Famous. Take him EVERYWHERE with you! He’ll be your greatest confidant.
Julie Andrews Q&A — Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Blu-ray) 50th Anniversary Screening
"I did subsequently get to know Audrey [Hepburn] quite well. I don’t think there was a soul that knew her that didn’t love her. And my husband adored her, too. I think that I can honestly say that if I didn’t come into his life she would have been my competition.” - Julie Andrews
onethousandandonenightss asked: How would you describe audrey personality? her qualities? if that makes any sense lol sorry if it doesn't, btw I love your blog <3<3<3
It makes perfect sense! My goodness, I always feel a great responsibility when I’m asked such questions; I worry my answers won’t do her justice. Unfortunately, I’ll never have the opportunity to meet Audrey, so it’s difficult to try and perceive the real Audrey Hepburn; however, with every interview that was given about her, whether by friends, family, or co-workers they all said essentially the same thing: “she was the real deal”. What you saw on screen was Audrey Hepburn. The graceful, poised, kind, selfless, and charming woman wasn’t an act or a character, she truly was that lovely. She was kind and generous to everyone who met her. I think all her co-stars felt a great responsibility to make Audrey laugh and see her smile. All, and I mean all (with the exception of Humphrey Bogart) of Audrey’s male costars fell in love with her. Every female costars adored her and only had truly admirable things to say about her. Audrey had an incredibly strong mother who raised her well. She was modest and humble and never took her life for granted. She managed to stay grounded in a very turbulent business and spent the last chapter of her life traveling the world as a UNICEF ambassador. She had many hardships in her life: growing up in Europe during WWII, being abandoned by her father when she was just a child, enduring many miscarriages, and the unfortunate dissolution of two unhappy marriages, and despite all of that she still devoted her life to being of service to humanity. Audrey Hepburn was truly a remarkable person.
(Oh, and thank you! I truly appreciate the compliment.)
astrandofpearls asked: Do you know of any biographies strictly focused on Audrey's service with UNICEF? Thank you!!
I do not; fortunately, all of her biographies do address her work with UNICEF. Here are a some biographies I’d recommend to any Audrey fan new or old.
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Audrey Hepburn and her pet deer, Ip, shopping in Beverly Hills, California, 1958. Photograph by Bob Willoughby.
“When I visited Audrey, she had already had the deer for several weeks, and it had become part of the family…. Audrey took IP shopping in Beverly Hills, and what a sensation she created. Beverly Hills habitues are fairly blase about what they see, but Audrey being followed around town by this lovely creature stopped everyone in their tracks…. It was truly amazing to see Audrey with that fawn.” - Bob Willoughby