Saturday, October 11, 2008
Quick Draw: Audrey Hepburn
"Pick a day. Enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come...the past, I think has helped me appreciate the present and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."
I like Audrey Hepburn. (Well, seriously - who DOESN'T?)
Not only did she set style standards that are practically immortal, she was also really good as a person. She was pretty wise in what parts of her life she made public and private and she really cared about the people she came in contact with. She was smart. She thought about a lot of things very deeply. As her friend Rob Wolders said of her, "In my experience, Audrey was the most introspective person I have ever met, always trying to discover, self-discovery. On the other hand, she had an extraordinary ability to laugh, to try to enjoy life. So she would be very determined to get to the essence of an issue which required study and application, but then afterwards, she had this tremendous need to laugh, to amuse."
She was conservative in her personal presentation - beautiful but not showy or gaudy. Though she was filthy rich she was still very resourceful and generous with her money. Her childhood was definitely not the best (growing up in WWII) and she got stuck in two horrible marriages (though she gave them both her best shot) but she was still really even-tempered and wonderful to be around. I admire that. With all the prima donnas in the media now who spend their time whining about what the world owes them...it's refreshing to think that at one time celebrities had more depth than their superficial, on-screen personas.
She wasn't a saint, of course, but still a really great public role model. Too bad SHE can't be running for president...
Here's to you, Audrey!
Fun fact: Alberto Grazia de Rossi, Audrey's lifelong make-up stylist would use a safety pin to separate each of her eyelashes for her signature knock-out eyes.
I got my information from the book "What Would Audrey Do?" by Pamela Keogh. Which is rad, just in case you were wondering.
[An aside: I know my Quick Draw doesn't do her justice at all: much too surly and the colors aren't right. Sometime when I have time I'll do a more in-depth study. She has fabulous bone structure and I love drawing her eyes!]