“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” (Audrey Hepburn, 1980’s)
Seeing that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is upon us, why not glance back at one of the great movie stars of all time? Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) is one of the most celebrated actresses in Hollywood history, who later in life became highly regarded as a humanitarian. Considered a twentieth century fashion icon in addition to her acting ability, Hepburn redefined glamour, having influenced so many of the most cutting edge fashion design houses of her time. We wonder if her choice in glamorous eyewear, including Ray Ban and Persol, had anything to do with that?
Born in Brussels, Hepburn grew up spending time between Belgium, England and the Netherlands. During WWII, she studied Ballet and moved to London in 1948 to continue her training and wound up performing as a chorus girl in West End theatrical productions. Her career developed quite a bit of momentum, from going to acting in British films and a theatre version of “Gigi” to starring in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 and winning an Academy Award. Her later celebrity was enhanced through roles in films such as “Sabrina” (1954), “The Nun’s Story” (1959), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “Charade” (1963), “My Fair Lady” (1964) and “Wait Until Dark” (1967). Based on her tremendous success and worldwide acclaim, Hepburn remains one of few people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards.
As her life went on, she decidedly appeared in less film and devoted much of her efforts to UNICEF. Her own experience with war-time struggles inspired her passion for humanitarian work and went on to work in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988 and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in late 1992, but a month later, aged 63, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland.
Her dedication to her career, the betterment of society and her unique sense of eyewear glamour and flair make Ms. Hepburn one of the most favourite of all the Vered Optical Style Post subjects!