10 Reasons To Love Audrey Hepburn

10 Reasons To Love Audrey Hepburn

Audrey was an amazing and practically perfect human being, which makes her pretty darn awesome.

*Note: this article is being written as I watch "Roman Holiday" to validate my love for Audrey.

If you’ve seen any of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” movies (or even if you haven’t), you’ve most likely heard the name, Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn was a great actress, humanitarian, icon, and (let’s be shallow for a moment) super beautiful and stylish. I don’t even think there was a day when she looked less than flawless. Seriously, look at literally all of her pictures. You’ll see what I mean.

Although there are many, many reasons to love this iconic leading lady, I’ll keep it simple with 10.

1. She was a wonderful actress.

A princess, a blind housewife, a playgirl, a pauper-turned-proper, a Cinderella – these are just a few of her memorable roles throughout the years (Can you say versatile?). Forever the classic lady, Hepburn delivered performances with grace and skill.

2. She had mad style.

Simple, elegant, timeless, and classy, Audrey was and continues to be a style inspiration to many. Audrey practically revolutionized the little black dress (think “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) and pulled off the simplest of outfits with flawless execution. I mean really, is there anything she didn’t look good in?

3. She was English.

Everyone knows that British accents are like, the best accents ever. Aside from that, I’d like to think that some of her poise, grace, and endearment came from her sophisticated background.

4. Her mother was a Baroness.

Is it any wonder that she seems like royalty? In addition to being majorly cool in pretty much all other respects, Audrey had family nobility as well. While her father was not originally from this type of pedigree, he was an honorary British consul, so that totally counts for something.

5. She was a major humanitarian.

Growing up during World War II, Hepburn studied ballet (more on that in a minute) and participated in the Dutch resistance, which involved delivering messages and raising money for the prevention of Nazi takeover. Later in life, she dedicated her life to impoverished children and nations, becoming fluent in French, German, Italian, Spanish and German to aide her travel efforts. Beginning in 1954, she worked with UNICEF as a radio presenter for the charity and participated in several field missions in the 1980s and 1990s up until her death. Just a few include visits to an Ethiopian orphanage to help send food to impoverished children, Turkey and Vietnam for immunization and clean water campaigns, Central America for aid efforts, and more. Safe to say she was an amazing, big-hearted human being.

6. She was a ballerina.

From her childhood, Audrey studied ballet with the famed ballerinas Olga Tarassova and Sonia Gaskell, and was later declared the “star pupil” of teacher Winja Marova, studying on scholarship at Ballet Rambert. So that’s why she always seemed so graceful…

7. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It’s safe to say that Hepburn’s acting career was the most well-known aspect of her life. She was deemed the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood by the American film institute, and her repertoire was pretty varied (see item 1), so is it any wonder that she scored her own star on the Hollywood walk of fame? I think not.

8. She had a heart for people.

She was a mother, a major activist, and a loving and classy individual. It’s obvious that her heart went out to those around her. She even donated her wedding dress to an impoverished woman who couldn’t afford one of her own. How cool is that? Seriously, she was pretty awesome.

9. She was a model for Givenchy.

In the 50s and 60s, and even today, Givenchy was known for its couture and classic style. Audrey embodied such classic style, grace, and beauty on her own that it’s no wonder they chose her as a spokesmodel. C’mon, look at her. ‘Nuff said.

10. Her legacy is still going strong today.

Though Audrey died of appendiceal cancer in 1993, her legacy has remained strong to this day. While most only know her from her pretty face and acting chops, Hepburn was so much more than that. She will always be immortalized for her work in Golden Age Hollywood, and there are charities in her name that continue to do great work today.

In conclusion, Audrey was an amazing and practically perfect human being, which makes her pretty darn awesome. You go, Audrey. We love you!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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