”I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”
The happiest of birthdays to Audrey Kathleen Ruston aka Audrey Hepburn (May 4th, 1929 - January 20th, 1993)
Rest in Peace, Audrey Kathleen Ruston aka Audrey Hepburn (May 4th, 1929 - January 20th, 1993)
“Audrey definitely had a good heart, there was nothing mean or petty - it’s a character thing. She had a good character, so I think people picked up on that too. She didn’t have any of the backstabbing, grasping, petty, gossipy personalities that you see in this business. I liked her a lot; in fact, I loved Audrey. It was easy to love her.” Gregory Peck
“She was the best that we could possibly be. She was perfectly charming and perfectly loving. She was a dream; she was the dream that you remember when you wake up smiling.” Richard Dreyfuss
“My passion for her has lasted through four marriages - two of hers and two of mine.” Stanley Donen.
“She was so gracious and grateful that everybody fell in love with her after five minutes. Everybody was in love with this girl, I included. My problem was that I am a guy who speaks in his sleep, I toss around and talk and talk… But fortunately, my wife’s first name is Audrey as well.” Billy Wilder.
“I had the opportunity to see how deep her soul is, and its commitment to life… The love that the woman exuded was absolutely fathomless.” Harry Belafonte.
it’s still hard for me to believe that i’ve been part of that magic called cinema. often a tough and heartbreaking business, but surely the best. surely, the most exciting and fascinating, taking you not only around the world but also into the house and thoughts and feelings of men and women, through the ages, of every nationality, color and creed and walk of life… a profession that makes people laugh, and let some cry. i am proud - very proud - to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty, awakens our conscience, arouses compassion and perhaps most importantly of all, gives millions a moment of respite in our so violent world.
“I am very impressed by the people of Ethiopia, and by their beauty, by their dignity, by their patience and by their enormous desire and will to help themselves - not simply to sit there wainting. They deserve help not only because they are the poorest people in the world and are receivin the least aid, but because they are a brave people and they do so much for themselves. There aren’t any banners saying, ‘This is a UNICEF project.’ The important thing is that, given the spade that UNICEF can give them, they will dig a well. What we have to make sure is that they don’t use the spade to dig graves for their children. Surely caring is better than killing. We care for our own children when they go through a crisis, when they have an accident or are stricken by disease - not only during that moment, but also through what may be a fairly long convalescence. If we can do that for our own children, I certainly think that we can do it for all those silent children that I saw yesterday and today at the refugee camp. And I firmly believe that those children are our sacred charge.”
“I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.”
“The ‘third world’ is a term I don’t like very much, because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.”
Later, Audrey would reflect about her work, saying, “During the past years I have traveled the world and seen these children, so many of them, leading lives of tremendous pain. And yet, they retain their sweetness and their patience; their eyes reflect a deeper understanding, and awareness that this is not as it should be.”
Never before in film history had so great a star lent herself so vigorously to such an urgent crusade. But the toll was enormous. “She suffered terribly inside,” said Elizabeth Taylor. When she saw the things she did in Somalia, “she didn’t reflect that to the children,” says Roger Moore. “She hid from them what was going on inside her. It doesn’t do to show a person who is suffering that you’re terriby upset by it.”
Rest in Peace, Audrey Kathleen Ruston (May 4th, 1929 - January 20th, 1993)
“How shall I sum up my life? I think I have been particularly lucky. Does that have something to do with faith also? I know my mother always used to say, ‘Good things aren’t supposed to just fall in your lap. God is very generous, but He expects you to do your part first.’ So you have to make that effort. But at the end of a bad time or a huge effort, I’ve always had - how shall I say it? - the prize at the end. My whole life shows that.”
“This lovely globe means a great deal to me. The press has been very good to me, and years ago, gave me a great start. But today, I’ve learned to appreciate, respect and value the media more than ever, by constantly making us aware of the indescribable suffering in this world. They have created a global compassion which to so many has become a life line and has in fact saved millions of lives. I’ve been given a career which has brought me nothing but fun and friends and happiness and enabled me to work with some of the greatest talents this industry has ever known. and for that, I get an award… I owe so much to so many and I know we do mention too many names in thank you speeches so I’ll only mention a few. William Wyler, Billy Wilder, King Vidor, Stanley Donen, Blake Edwards, Richard Quine, Peter Bogdanovich, Terence Young, George Cukor, Fred Zinnemann, Steven Spielberg, Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, Henry Fonda, George Peppard, Burt Lancaster, Richard Crenna, Alan Arkin, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Maurice Chevalier, Peter Finch, Lillian Gish, Robert Wagner, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Tony Perkins, Eddie Albert, Sean Connery, Peter O'Toole, Richard Dreyfuss, Rex Harrison and Fred Astaire! And of course, my dear friend and agent for 35 years, Kurt Frings. To all of them and all of you, thank you with all my heart.”
Audrey Hepburn accepts the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, on January 20, 1990