Audrey Hepburn is remembered for her many beloved movie roles, her type, and her humanitarian work. However, in line with her relations, being the film star audiences adored was solely part of who she actually was. The actor, who died in 1993, handled an excessive amount of ache in her formative years, together with struggles throughout World Battle II and her father leaving her household when Hepburn was younger.
Within the 2020 documentary Audrey, Hepburn’s granddaughter, Emma Ferrer, was interviewed about her well-known member of the family and shared what she views as Hepburn’s “best-kept secret.” Learn on to seek out out extra.
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Hepburn went by means of two main occasions when she was younger that formed the remainder of her life. First, her father left her and her mom when she was six years outdated. Then, round age 11, The Netherlands, the place she lived on the time, turned occupied by Germany throughout World Battle II. Throughout this time, Hepburn suffered from malnourishment.
“The explanation for her slenderness was as a result of from the time she was 9 to 16, throughout World Battle II, she was extraordinarily malnourished,” her son Luca Dotti, with second husband Andrea Dotti, informed Individuals in 2015. “The time she most wanted nourishment, she did not have sufficient meals.”
Within the documentary Audrey, Ferrer stated of her grandmother (by way of The Observer), “The very best-kept secret about Audrey was that she was unhappy.”
Ferrer, 28, by no means met her grandmother, as a result of she was born one 12 months after her loss of life, however she has heard reminiscences and tales shared by her household. Her father, Sean Hepburn Ferrer—who Hepburn welcomed with first husband Mel Ferrer—can be interviewed within the movie.
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Hepburn was very non-public, however she mirrored on the struggles of her youth in a 1992 interview with Life that’s featured in Audrey.
“[My father leaving] was the primary huge blow I had as a baby, it was a trauma that left a really huge mark on me, it left me insecure for all times,” Hepburn defined (by way of The Observer). “He disappeared in the future, mom defined he had gone away on a visit and was not coming again. Mom would not cease crying, I might simply try to be together with her however as a baby you possibly can’t fairly perceive.”
She additionally stated in a clip proven within the film, “The sensation of household is extremely vital. Having my father minimize off, or he minimize himself off, was determined. If I might have simply seen him commonly, I might have felt he cherished me and I might have had a father … I attempted desperately to keep away from it for my kids. You grow to be very insecure about affection and terribly grateful for it and you’ve got an infinite want to present it.”
Helena Coan, the director of the documentary, informed The Observer, “[Hepburn] suffered massively with insecurities about her appears to be like and with males, and to listen to her hyperlink them to her relationship together with her father and her deep abandonment points, to listen to these intimate particulars was so unusual. It was such a twist for somebody who had all the time been so non-public.”
Ferrer additionally opened up about Hepburn and her legacy in a 2021 interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
“There is a actually form of intrinsic facet concerning the expertise of a girl that I witnessed within the movie,” Ferrer stated of the documentary. “What it means for her father to depart at such a younger age and the way in which that she type of tries to fill this position in a while with males all through her life and a sequence of failed relationships and what it means to have a failed being pregnant and miscarriage. These are issues that now are coming into extra into the general public realm and into the dialog proper now. However on the time, undoubtedly weren’t.”
She concluded of the movie, “I actually assume that the message to remove from that is Audrey took ache and turned it into one thing actually revolutionary. Lots of different folks in her scenario would have type of simply tried to numb that ache.”
Ferrer, who has labored with UNICEF to assist kids similar to her grandmother did, added, “She actually used the empathy that derived from that ache to show round. She had the chance to make a giant distinction, as a result of she was a giant individual, she was a giant determine. However I nonetheless assume that the impetus of utilizing that empathy to essentially make a distinction was so revolutionary for her time.”