Audrey Hepburn, the illustrious British actress, model, and humanitarian still captivates many people until today, almost 25 years after her death.
Audrey Hepburn remains alive in the hearts of her fans through her classic movies including Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, The Nun’s Story , War and Peace, and many more.
People continue to experience her charity through the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, which was co-founded by her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti along with Robert Wolders, her romantic partner from 1980 until her death in 1993.
During a recent interview with People magazine, Dotti and Wolders revealed how Audrey Hepburn survived starvation during World War II and addressed the issue regarding her slim figure throughout her adult life. The movie icon was 5’7’’ and managed to maintain a weight of 110 pounds.
Dotti said the rumor that her mother was skinny because she had an eating disorder was not true. According to him, “She loved Italian food and pasta. She ate a lot of grains, not a lot of meat, and a little bit of everything.”
Wolders said the same thing about the actress. She loves to eat, exercise, and had a healthy metabolism.
“We’d walk for mile. She could outwalk me. She had a healthy metabolism, but was not excessive. She never said, ‘I have to do five miles today.’ She didn’t diet. We had brown bread with jam for breakfast, lunch would be chicken or veal or pasta, often with vegetables from the garden, and for dinner we often had soup with chicken and vegetables. She had chocolate after dinner, baking chocolate. She had a finger or two of Scotch at night.”
Audrey Hepburn and her family struggled to survive in Holland during World War II despite being members of the Dutch aristocrats. She was only eleven years old during the war and nearly died of starvation. She escaped death by eating tulip bulbs and nettles, according to Dotti.
“By the end of the war, she was very close to death. She survived by eating nettle and tulip bulbs and drinking water to fill her stomach. She was almost 5’6’’ and weighed 88 pounds. She had jaundice and edema. She suffered from anemia the rest of her life, possibly as a consequence,” said Dotti. He added that her mother was the same age as Ann Frank.
Dotti recalled her mother tearfully said about Anne Frank, “That was the girl who didn’t make it and I did.”
Audrey Hepburn was appointed Ambassador of Goodwill for UNICEF in 1989. During her appointment, she said, “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II. I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does.” She worked tirelessly for the organization until the end of 1992 even if she was ill with cancer.
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