Audrey Hepburn Had Her Personal Reasons To Help Starving Children

February 22, 2018

Audrey Hepburn became the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award, and a BAFTA award for a single perfomance. She won those for her lead role in Roman Holiday (1953).

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However, this story is not about her film awards, recognition, or any of that celebrity stuff. We all know that she was a film and fashion legend. But much fewer people know about her dedicated work at UNICEF.

Audrey's starving childhood

Audrey’s relations with UNICEF began in the period of WW2. In 1944, Audrey was in Holland and like many other people (not only kids) was starving. There was no food and almost everything that was found went to the troops. After the liberation, UNICEF came to help those who were in need of food, clothing, and medication. Audrey had very poor health after years of malnutrition. She weighed just 88 lbs, while her height was 5’6”. Consequently, the actress suffered from asthma, jaundice, and other illnesses.

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Audrey Hepburn's work at UNICEF

Hepburn wanted to make her contribution to all of the kids around the world suffering from malnutrition, as she did during WW2. She became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. As we can now see, the decision was really personal. Hepburn appeared in fewer films after her devotion to UNICEF. First field mission was to Ethiopia in 1988, where more than 500 children were starving in an orphanage. She later commented:

…Horrible. That image is too much for me. The “Third World” is a term I don't like very much, because we're all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.

That is how her traveling times began. After Ethiopia, she went to Turkey, Central America, Vietnam, etc. She used her name to attract attention, to achieve recognition of the World’s Hunger problem.

Audrey Hepburn died in 1993 from appendiceal cancer. We are sure she wanted to help more people. Her dedication to children was remarkable. She even produced an album featuring classic children’s tales read by her. It is called Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales.

She tried to give children the childhood she never had.

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