“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn #mondaymuse
You might know her as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, or as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, but before Audrey Hepburn [1929-1993] came to Hollywood, she helped fight against the Axis Powers during World War II.
As the child of a Dutch baroness and a British businessman, Hepburn spent most of her childhood travelling between Belgium and England. Shortly after World War II started , the family moved to the Netherlands in the mistaken belief that the country, which had remained neutral and untouched during World War I, would not be drawn into the conflict.
Germany invaded in 1940, and by 1944 her uncle had been executed, one of her brothers was in a labor camp, and the other had gone into hiding. During much of this time Audrey studied dance at the Arnhem Conservatory, and this skill is what she put in to use to help the war effort. At 14, Hepburn was an accomplished ballerina so to help raise money for the Dutch Resistance, she danced in secret productions. As she famously said, “the best audience I ever had made not a single sound at the end of my performances.” Life was not easy during the war, and Hepburn suffered from malnourishment, acute anemia, and edema. When humanitarian aid finally arrived after the war, she was only 88 pounds. Her first hand experience with the transforming impact of international aid, spurred her into a life-long devotion to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in 1989.
During her life, Audrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is one of 15 people to receive an EGOT [Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, & Tony], and the first to receive it posthumously. While she never saw battle, she fought for freedom. #lestweforget #WW2 #actress #humanitarian #audreyhepburn #ufvtheatre @ufvarts