Day 258 of Colourisation Project – January 20
Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.
22 years ago on this day, 20 January, 1993, screen legend and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn passed away. Prominent during Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hepburn was the star of several iconic movies including Breakfast at Tiffany‘s, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, The Nun’s Story, Funny Face, Love in The Afternoon, The Children’s Hour and My Fair Lady.
She was ranked the third “Greatest Female Star of All Time,” by the American Film Institute and was one of the few entertainers to have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.
Named by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, Hepburn possessed a pencil-slim figure, an aura of innocence and class, and radiated a wholesome natural beauty and a grace and elegance that few in Hollywood could match.
All that aside, Hepburn was also a great humanitarian and philanthropist. Fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, French, and Italian, she devoted much of her time to UNICEF between 1988 and 1992, working towards helping impoverished children in the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia.
In recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 1992, just a month before her passing.
Hepburn, a three-pack-a-day smoker, died of appendiceal cancer at her home in Switzerland at the age of 63.
In 2002, her legacy of humanitarian work was recognised at the United Nations Special Session on Children, with the unveiling of a statue dedicated to her at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. It is named “The Spirit of Audrey”.
Today, I leave you with this quaint little You Asked For It video clip of Oscar-winning costume designer, Edith Head explaining her “transformation through wardrobe” principle via Audrey Hepburn’s “wardrobe test” for her role in Roman Holiday, the film which launched Hepburn’s career in Hollywood and for which she won the 1953 Best Actress Academy Award while Edith Head won the Academy for Best Costume Design!
“How shall I sum up my life? I think I’ve been particularly lucky.” — Audrey Hepburn