Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Audrey Hepburn was an actress, fashion icon, and humanitarian. She is known as a screen icon. She has won many awards and is one of the few people to have won an Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. She became known for her style wearing simple, classic pieces almost daily. She devoted time and work to poor communities and UNICEF. She earned and was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston was born in 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her early life with her parents was sheltered and privileged. She learned multiple languages and was sent to a boarding school in Kent, England when she was five years old.
Her parents separated and then later divorced in 1938. She moved with her mother and siblings to Arnhem, Netherlands. She had begun studying ballet and continued after their move. After the German occupation of the Netherlands, their life was difficult. Family members suffered effects of the war. Audrey lived through the Dutch famine, however her family was impacted financially and her health suffered as well. Her siblings, mother, and self moved to Amsterdam where she continued with her ballet training. Audrey made her film debut in an educational travel film in 1948. She then worked as a chorus girl in musical theatre revues. In 1951, she had a few minor roles in films. In 1952, she had a major role in The Secret People. More roles led to the leading role in the Broadway play Gigi. Praise and awards followed.
A starring role in 1953’s Roman Holiday came next. Box office success and more awards followed. More films and a return to the stage occurred. An iconic role was in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Movies and awards continued in her acting career.
Audrey married Mel Ferrer in 1954. They had two children. She took fewer roles to raise her children. She and Mel divorced in 1968. She remarried Andrea Dotti in 1969. They stayed married until 1982. Occasional film roles and a spoken word album were among projects she took. In 1988, she had a cameo appearance in her last film, Always.
Audrey’s humanitarian work with UNICEF began in the 1950s. It began with radio presentations and led to her being a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. She took numerous mission trip as well. Her work was awarded with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Awards and honors continued even after her death.
Abdominal pain in 1992 led to her finding out she had abdominal cancer. She had surgery and chemotherapy. She had hospice care at home. In 1993, Audrey Hepburn died at home. She is remembered and honored for her work, style, and humanitarianism. Be inspired! Have a bright day!