When people hear the name Audrey Hepburn, the words beauty, style and grace come to mind. Others know her as cute and flirty characters from movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina. However, Audrey’s life amounted to more than just a big screen entertainer or fashion leader. She was a dignified, compassionate and selfless woman who was beautiful beyond the physical sense. Long before Oprah, Madonna or Angelina and Brad, she helped children in Africa and Latin-America. Audrey Hepburn remains a beloved icon with proven success as an actress, dancer, singer, speaker and UNICEF’s most famous Ambassador. She lived her life by the philosophy of serving others. As she once said, “Remember; if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others” (Bourgoin). Audrey Hepburn dedicated herself to aiding those in need while living a remarkable life as a true humanitarian and an inspiration to people around the world.
Hepburn’s childhood made a long-lasting impression on her adult years. Her experiences as a young girl changed her outlook on life and even impacted her actions in adulthood. She experienced many hardships, disappointments and frustrations growing up. Yet through all of this, she learned perseverance and determination. At an early age, Audrey Hepburn’s father walked out on the family. Soon after, her mother sent her to boarding school in England where she studied ballet. It was a lonely and challenging time for such a young girl. The discipline of dance and her rigorous studies, while living away from her family, made it very difficult on Audrey. In 1937, her parents formally divorced and she returned home to her mother. This preceded the outbreak of World War II. Audrey and her mom moved to Holland where they thought they would be safe. Unfortunately, it was far from that. The Nazi invasion began and they lived in very harsh...
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