Audrey Hepburn's Son Luca Dotti Reflects On Her Strength and Courage as a Humanitarian
Audrey Hepburn's legacy as a humanitarian will live on in the new book titled "Warrior: Audrey Hepburn" which is scheduled to be published on September 28.
Audrey Hepburn's life was made up of much more than her iconic style and successful career in Hollywood. The British actress made a true impact through her humanitarian work that kept her busy until her death.
In the new book authored by Robert Matzen, Hepburn's dangerous and impactful work on the frontlines of UNICEF's projects is detailed, with her son Luca Dotti providing fresh insight into the other side of Hepburn's life.
HER SON'S STORY
Dotti, 51, wrote the foreword for the new book that centers around his mother's humanitarian work. Hepburn's son shared that the stories told in this book gave him a renewed appreciation for the actress's strength. He shared:
"Mum was more than a steel-butterfly; she was a battle-hardened badass, and Warrior: Audrey Hepburn finally tells that story."
Dotti revealed that Hepburn had always shared her stories about the work she did on her trips away but that the penned-down version of her exploits made them more real than ever before.
An elegant throwback: #AudreyHepburn + #GraceKelly together backstage at the 28th #Oscars. Grace presented Best Actor to Ernest Borgnine for Marty, and Audrey presented the Best Picture award to the same film.— DVD Netflix (@dvdnetflix) April 26, 2021
Rent their films:https://t.co/mafFgwQ2xBhttps://t.co/q9U2Dt3X27 pic.twitter.com/w7NkG1P0gQ
"Warrior: Audrey Hepburn" is ultimately concerned with telling the story behind Hepburn's pursual of humanitarian work. The famous Hollywood star survived a war, experienced the murder of her family, and came out the other side.
Ferrer is now walking in her grandmother's footsteps by continuing to work with UNICEF.
With her background giving her the necessary understanding, Hepburn invested her time and energy into helping those experiencing similar difficulties that she had as a child.
Audrey Hepburn poses with her Oscar for 'Roman Holiday' at the Academy Awards, March 25, 1954. "I'm truly grateful—and terribly happy," she said during her acceptance speech. (📷R. Morse/LIFE Pict. Coll.)— LIFE (@LIFE) April 25, 2021
For more classic photos of the Oscars, check out:https://t.co/mahOj3hw0K pic.twitter.com/njVsbvUNRW
WORLD WAR II
Hepburn previously shared about her childhood years in the Netherlands, where Germany had moved in to take control during World War II. The actress elaborated on the terrible conditions they lived in, saying:
“We had no light, no heat, no water. We had no food because all the shops were closed."
The humanitarian opened up, saying that their lives were one of existence and survival, nothing more. Starvation was not an unfamiliar concept to Hepburn and her family during this time.
HAPPY OSCAR SUNDAY! Join us as we celebrate yet another classic Oscars look. https://t.co/JdXu8FuK3d— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) April 25, 2021
With the fighter spirited cemented in Hepburn during her years surviving the war, she achieved great things as both actress and humanitarian, including a string of accolades in Hollywood.
Hepburn was also equipped with five languages as she fluently spoke English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Italian. Unfortunately, the Hollywood star's life ended at 63 after she lost her battle with colon cancer.
Cicely Tyson at the 2012 SAG awards and Audrey Hepburn in LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON ('57) pic.twitter.com/yjXeg94NTH— TCM (@tcm) April 26, 2021
The actress's work and legacy live on through her children and grandchildren. Emma Ferrer, Hepburn's granddaughter, born after she passed away, shared how she got to know her grandmother through those who did know her.
Ferrer is now walking in her grandmother's footsteps by continuing to work with UNICEF as she feels it is an important way to maintain a connection to Hepburn, despite her not being here in the flesh.