Audrey

A review on the Audrey Hepburn documentary

Aya Kasim, Editor-in-Chief

When Audrey Hepburn, a household name and timeless icon, comes up in conversation, people often think of her unique fashion and award winning movies. Hepburn starred in classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, and Roman Holiday, but Hepburn is not the characters she plays nor solely her public image. Hepburn is human and through interviewing the people closest to her, the documentary Audrey, explores Hepburn’s life, her tough experiences, and her admirable kindness and unconditional love. 

The documentary, recently added to Netflix, begins by detailing what most people would not know about Hepburn, her beginnings. A child during World War II, Hepburn lived in terrible conditions. She was poor and malnourished. While her father abandoned her to work for  the  British Union of Fascists, Hepburn would later deliver messages for the Nazi resistance in her shoes. After the war, Hepburn would go to do what she would be passionate about all her life: dance. She dedicated herself to ballet, but because of her lack of experience and struggle with technicals, she had to unexpectedly switch gears to acting.

The documentary goes on to explain the unprecedented growth to stardom Hepburn had. Despite not looking like most actresses at the time–not blonde nor curvy–she had an enchanting way with the camera. By also becoming close with designer Hubert de Givenchy, Hepburn created her own style that she will long be remembered for. 

Beyond her career, Hepburn was a loving mother. The documentary includes interviews from her son and granddaughter, telling of the lengths she went to spend time with the people she loved, including refusing several movie offers for long periods of time.

Simplicity and real human connection is what Hepburn strived for in life. Her soft, empathic nature is what led her to work with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The documentary goes into great detail about the passion Hepburn had for the cause and how her influence brought the program millions of dollars. 

Audrey was sincere and beautiful. 

I began the movie knowing very little about Hepburn and finishing with a new role model. This article only briefly touched on the topics discussed; to have a better understanding of the life and true beauty of Audrey Hepburn, watch the documentary today.