Ah! Yes, the day when class and flawless elegance was born... 85 years ago... on this very day, back on May the 4th, 1929, also happened to be the day that a young girl by the name of Audrey Kathleen Ruston.
Yes! Audrey. We've all been granted the immediate access to the famed poster of her, posed with a cigarette, the ashen smoke curling from the tip, her hair up in a sophisticated twist, a sparkling tiara as well as strands of pearls and clumps of diamonds around her neck, sporting that unforgettable black dress, black gloves skimming her elbows and her doe-like eyes glittering into the camera, her famous smile softly beaming. I know that's at least the way I came to know and admire the beautiful Miss Audrey Hepburn.
She was stunning! and the world knew it... but, did she? As a matter of fact, did she ever even dream that one day she'd become such an icon of beauty and elegance?
Not even the slightest bit! In fact, her perception of this so-called "beauty" that everyone had recognized about her had seemed somewhat foreign to her.
In fact, she even at one time professed that she in fact, never saw herself as very "beautiful" as the public had so eagerly deemed her, and recollected as well a time in which her mother had called her an "ugly duckling", adding that despite all that, Audrey DID have "a few good features". And did she ever!
This legend would live a life not only offering happiness to the world by the site of her ethereal beauty and charm but eagerly offering aid to those in need as well through the beauty of her kindness and generosity.
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." ~ Audrey Hepburn
So, in honor of this beautiful actress and world class humanitarian, this legendary icon, an icon of both inner and outer beauty, I have compiled a list of 10 unknown facts about Miss Hepburn.
Also, be sure to take a minute to view this biography of her life.
(1.) Was always very self-conscious of her large feet. Her shoe size being a 10.
(2.) Called her beloved Yorkshire Terrier "Mr. Famous".
(3.) Only seconds after receiving the Academy Award for Best Actress in "Roman Holiday", Audrey misplaced her statue. Luckily, the statue was later found in the restroom and reunited with her just in time to pose with Miss Hepburn for photos.
(4.) The little black dress that she wore in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" designed by Hubert De Givenchy sold at a Christie's auction for around $920,000 in 2006, earning it the title of being one of the most expensive pieces of film memorabilia in history.
(5.) Had been a trained Dental Assistant before becoming an actress.
(6.) After Audrey appeared with the Tabby Cat,"Orangey", in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", animal shelters from all over experienced a growing demand for that breed.
(7.) After having all of her outfits styled by Givenchy during the filming of "Sabrina", Audrey from then on insisted that he design the attire for ALL of her films.
(8.) Hepburn was extremely self-conscious about her roll as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" especially when the author of the book, Truman Capote was on set, as Mr. Capote had been severely disappointed that the film had failed to secure Marilyn Monroe in the role as Holly instead.
(9.) At 5 feet 7 inches was considered too tall for her desired profession of one day becoming a Prima Ballerina.
(10.) Was fluent in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Dutch/Flemish, French and Italian.
So, with all of these unknown and fascinating facts regarding this legendary icon of kindness and beauty, let us all wish her the happiest of Birthdays! Her memory will never fade, it is as glittering as it was all those years ago, and her legend will continue to live on screen forever.
Happy 85th Birthday, Audrey!! <3 xoxoxo
~ Erin <3