IWOTA #6 Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels on the 4th of May, 1929, the daughter of a baron and baroness. She was Dutch royalty who became Hollywood’s equivalent: a much loved movie star, one of Bogie’s many great babes.

She was nominated for 6 Oscars and won two. Her other major awards were: 3 BAFTA’s, 1 Emmy, 2 Golden Globes, 1 Grammy, 1 Screen Actors Guild Award and 2 Tony’s.

That’s modern royalty. Not inherited, but earned by hard work and intelligence. So I name her an Indigenous Woman Of The Anglosphere (IWOTA), proved by her Hank Williams-like human-centered mastery of the English language in statements such as:

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”

“I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong …….. “

“For me the only things of interest are those linked to the heart.”

“The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”

 “They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.”

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”

 “Life is a party. Dress for it.”

“I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.”

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.”

 “Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.”

“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”

I love these words.

God Bless Audrey Hepburn.

Geoff Fox, 4th May, 2023, Down Under

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