I finished listening to the audio book of Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto a couple of days ago and it's odd how affecting it turned out to be.
I am a huge fan of classic cinema. I love watching movies from the 20s through to the late 50s. It's just something I really enjoy, and in the course of watching films from those decades, I've come across my fair share of Audrey Hepburn films.
Audrey, was, of course one of the most successful starlets from the 1950s and has become an enduring fashion icon. I had learned small snippets about her over the years, such as her background in dance and her less than ideal childhood during the second world war in the Netherlands, as well as her charity work later in life, but I knew little else.
Audrey lived a life both lucky and unfortunate and knowing what I do know has given me an even deeper respect for her work.
Audrey was obviously an accomplished actress. This I already knew, but her strength while dealing with depression, heath and family issues and multiple heartbreaks (both in the romantic sense and through loss of children), is an all new kind of inspiration.
Audrey Hepburn may be most remembered for donning a tiara for Breakfast at Tiffany's but it's the armour she wore daily, the kind invisible to the naked eye, that I will most associate with her from now on.