Audrey Hepburn: psychological portrait

Audrey Hepburn: psychological portrait

Although twenty years have passed since her death, Audrey Hepburn continues to be that attractive icon that one day Andy Wharol immortalized on his paintings Pop'Art.

His face and silhouette represent a model of eternal elegance and honor that even today the new generations want to imitate despite the risks that entails. One of the things that Audrey Hepburn's photograph tells us from the windows of Tiffany, is that beauty is associated with thinness.

The eating disorders suffered by this great actress have long been ignored. For many, Audrey Hepburn was above all that beautiful fragile face that fashions were stubbornly imitating. Few know that this woman has outdone herself to do everything for others.

An obscure childhood

The traumas experienced in childhood are echoes that continue to resonate in adulthood, because suffering never disappears, it belongs to us and represents a challenge to be met.

Audrey Hepburn's childhood was marked by the Second World War. Even though she was part of the Dutch nobility, she lost radically all the privileges she enjoyed when 500,000 German soldiers invaded Holland, and where resources and food began to fail.

In her childhood and adolescence, she not only had to deal with hunger and malnutrition, she also had to deal with the murder of a part of her family, including that of her brother who was executed in a German labor camp. On the other hand, the disease prevented him from doing the only thing that could allow him to earn a living and help the resistance: to dance.

At the end of the war, Audrey Hepburn suffered from malnutrition, anemia, asthma, lung problems and a depression that took years to conquer. According to her, one of the best memories of this era that marked her for life was the humanitarian intervention of the United States, when they brought blankets, food, medicine and clothes. So goodness was still in this world, and it gave him hope.

"One day, I heard this sentence: Happiness is having good health and bad memory, I would like to be the author because it is very true". (A. Hepburn)

Golden years, years of sadness

The time of success then came, and movies like Roman holidays or Diamonds on sofa have allowed him to find a place on this scale of influence and celebrity where everyone must know how to preserve his balance.

Audrey Hepburn was an intelligent and sensitive woman who has always characterized the roles she has played.

If she succeeded in transmitting this emotionality that captivated the audience, it was, in her own words, because she always needed to be loved and much so that her marriage to Mel Ferrer could not satisfy her at that level. Sadness always accompanied her, and the shadow became extinct the day she had to abort her first child after falling on horseback during a shoot.

Depression has reinvested his life with the same intensity as in the past, as well as guilt. Added to this is the requirement she has always shown to herself, sometimes irrationally, because she knew that part of her success was due to her slender and delicate physique.

That's why she once said in an interview: "If in the past I managed to survive by eating very little, I can also do it today, I have to manage my food intake". Audrey Hepburn was cruelly victim of anorexia nervosa, and this throughout his life.

"As you mature, you will realize that you have two hands: one to help yourself, and one to help others." (A. Hepburn)

The simplicity of happiness

The tragedy and the losses she had to face during the war, Audrey Hepburn will never forget. Her need to be loved will never really be combated either, since two failed marriages and several other disappointments have often haunted her during her nights of insomnia.

Her desire to give affection and love to people in need became more acute.

That's why in 1988 she put the cinema aside to spend 6 months of the year on UNICEF, emergency funds for childhood.

For Audrey Hepburn, the key to true happiness was not in the success of cinema or in the adoration that her audience dedicated to her, but in her desire to give affection to others and to receive from them. Sometimes satisfaction is at the top of the highest peak … but in ourselves.

Source "Audrey Hepburn, an intimate portrait". (Diana Maychick, 1994).

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