This is not a real interview that I have conducted, however, information are based on real interviews and biography.
Charming and intelligent, she is one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. Although she has no longer been actively involved in the silver screen, I am fortunate to get an exclusive one on one interview with a multi-award winner, Audrey Hepburn. She greeted me with a warm hug in her home, Switzerland. I was really amazed as she invited to the house and showed me her movie collections, her UNICEF works – some that the world has never seen before. I definitely feel that this will be quality time spent with the legendary Audrey Hepburn.
As the only child of Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston and his second wife Ella Van Heemstra, Audrey Kathleen Hepburn’s journey to success did not come quite easily. She never imagined herself being who and where she is right now. After all, life was really giving her a hard time when World War II broke in 1945. During that time, she decided to move to Amsterdam, took up ballet and enrolled herself to study English drama. 3 years later, she moved to London and pursues dancing lessons with the renowned Marie Rambert. However, she had to work as a part time model to pay off her expenses.
However, it still is not enough because her mom worked in menial jobs to support the two of them, she added. Since she is a trained performer all her life, she thought that acting is a more reasonable career. Unlike today, performers enter the stardom in Hollywood effortlessly, Hepburn started from scratch. From educational film, musical, broadways and later on major lead in big project films.
Always had the passion for outdoors, birds and trees, she refused to admit that she is the best among all the rising actress such as Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, and Elizabeth – to name a few, based on the recognition given. In whatever film that she has starred, winning an award is not an importance, let alone wants people to put her in the A-list. What is more vital is playing the role, lead or supporting act, and deliver the emotions. To her, a well-done job is when she touches people’s heart with the character that she has played.
With so many awards under her belt, she is also known as a fashion icon and major influence. It is inevitable that she is a lady with such poise and elegance in all kinds of style. I mean, the little black dress that she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always be Hepburn’s signature dress. Contrary to her image, the soft spoken lady said,
“You can even say that I hated myself at certain periods. I was too fat, or maybe too tall, or maybe just plain too ugly. You can say my definiteness stems from underlying feelings of insecurity and inferiority. I couldn’t conquer these feelings by acting indecisive. I found the only way to get the better of them was by adopting a forceful, concentrated drive.”
Moon River, arrangement of the song was made specially for her.
After fifteen years of success as an actress, I am not surprised that her down-to-earth and passionate traits got her involved voluntarily with humanitarian work. She personally knows what UNICEF means to children because based on her experience, she was among those who received food and medical relief. Therefore, she was appointed as a special ambassador of United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) soon after she finished her last film role. Though she started as early in 1954 by doing radio presentations, it is a much higher level of dedication this time around. She knew that it was the time for her to actually give back to the society.
“From a young age, I was very aware of suffering and fear.”
“From a young age, I was very aware of suffering and fear. I have memories. More than once I was at the station seeing trainloads of Jews being transported, seeing all these faces over the top of the wagon. I remember, very sharply, one little boy standing with his parents on the platform, very pale, very blond, wearing a coat that was much too big for him, and he stepped on to the train. I was a child observing a child. Moreover, 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.”
Serving UNICEF for more than 2 years, for the first time in her life, she felt the pure joy of living because she witnessed with her own eyes boys built their schoolhouse with cement and bricks and many other things that helps impoverished children. These children does not know who Audrey Hepburn is like how they know what is UNICEF. Therefore when UNICEF comes, they know that they are off to something good.
When leaving her house, she not only gave me the impression of who she is in person, I know that I have met someone so wise enough to think how sacred life is. With all that childhood difficulties, she saw things differently than most.