Today would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 86th Birthday. There are many famous images of her in stills from her films or from her glamorous film star lifestyle, but the world seems to have forgotten all the humanitarian work she dedicated herself to in her later years as UNICEF ambassador.
Sean Hepburn-Farrer read these lines loved by his mother Audrey Hepburn at her funeral. I quote from his book Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit:
‘Sam Levenson, the teacher, author and famed humourist wrote a letter to his grand-daughter when she was born. Mummy loved it so, she read selections from it this last Christmas Eve. From a line in the letter she entitled it:
TIME-TESTED BEAUTY TIPS
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
We leave you a tradition with a future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed.
Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Your “good old days” are still ahead of you, may you have many of them.
Mummy believed in one thing above all: she believed in love. She believed love could heal, fix, mend and make everything fine and good in the end… and it did. She left us with peace and serenity , and her passage was almost devoid of any pain.’