Although twenty years have passed since her disappearance, Audrey Hepburn continues to be that attractive icon that Andy Warhol immortalized one day on his Pop Art canvases ; His face, his figure, come to represent a model of eternal elegance and distinction that even now the new generations want to imitate despite the risks, and that is one of the things that that frame of Audrey Hepburn peering into Tiffany showcases, is that beauty is associated with thinness.
Never so far from reality. The eating disorders that this great actress suffered remained for quite some time under the gag of silence ; For many, only that face of fragile beauty remains that fashions insist on imitating, and there are very few who manage to glimpse that woman who surpassed herself to give everything for others.
“I believe in being strong when everything seems to go wrong. I believe that tomorrow will be another day and I believe in miracles “
The darkness of a childhood
The traumas suffered in childhood are the echoes that accompany us into maturity, suffering never escapes down an invisible drain, but remains in us as a challenge to overcome.
Audrey Hepburn’s childhood was marked by World War II, despite being related to the Dutch nobility, her distinguished position changed dramatically the day that half a million German soldiers invaded Holland, and resources, food, began to run short.
Hunger and malnutrition not only marked his years of childhood and adolescence, his eyes had to see how part of his family was killed, how his brother was taken to a German labor camp and how the disease prevented him from doing the only thing with what that he could earn a living and help the resistance: dance.
When the war ended. Audrey Hepburn, suffered from malnutrition, anemia, asthma, lung problems and a depression that took years to overcome. According to her, one of the best memories of that time and that would mark her for life was the humanitarian arrival of the United Nations bringing blankets, food, medicines and clothes … Goodness still seemed to exist in the world, and this was reason for hope .
“I once heard this phrase: Happiness is having health and a bad memory. I wish I had invented it, because it is very true “
Golden years, years of sadness
The triumphs arrived: films like “Roman Holidays” or “Breakfast with Diamonds” gave him the power to place himself on that step of influence and fame where one must know how to keep the balance very well.
Audrey Hepburn was an intelligent and highly sensitive woman who always succeeded in the roles she chose, she conveyed very well that emotionality with which to captivate the viewer and, according to her own words, she was always in need of affection and understanding, dimensions that did not he could find in his marriage to Mel Ferrer.
Sadness was a regular companion, a shadow that turned into despair the day she miscarried her first child when she fell from a horse during a shoot.
The depression came back into his life with the same intensity as in the past, as did the guilt. To this was added his self-demand, sometimes irrational, he knew that part of his success was based on that reed and delicate physique, hence, as he stated in an interview, “If in the past I managed to survive with hardly any food, so could do now. I was forced to control my food intake. ” Anorexia nervosa was a cruel companion that Audrey Hepburn lived with all her life.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one to help yourself and another to help others “
The simplicity of happiness
The years of tragedy and losses in the war were never erased from Audrey Hepburn’s mind, her need to be loved was not fully satisfied either : two failed marriages and several disappointments were often that blade that cut her sleepless nights, wherever she was. His eagerness to offer increased, to give affection and affection to people in need.
Hence, in 1988 the cinema was almost relegated from his life to dedicate 6 months a year to UNICEF, the emergency fund for children. The key to true happiness, for Audrey Hepburn, never came from the hand of success as an actress or the admiration of the public, but from her eagerness to receive and the need to offer affection to others. Sometimes the door to satisfaction is not in the highest peak, but in ourselves.
Source “Audrey Hepburn, an intimate portrait”. (Diana Maychick, 1994).