More from Audrey Hepburn on 'How to be Lovely'

More from Audrey Hepburn on 'How to be Lovely'

Here’s another selection of quotations and observations from Melissa Hellstern’s book “How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life.” (For two previous posts, catch up here and here.)

A whole little section of the book is headed “Laugh Often.” With a pen (or PC) name like Margaret Serious, I don’t necessarily think of laughing as lovely. It can be awkward, misunderstood, or even painful if you can’t stop it. But humor and laughter can be great gifts to those who need them.

As fellow actor Roger Moore put it, Audrey Hepburn’s “secret was her bubble — an internal bubble that you were waiting to come out — of humor.”

Gregory Peck added, “Most people think of Audrey Hepburn as regal. I like to think of her as spunky…. She was a cutup, she was a clown. I think that would surprise people who didn’t know her.”

Sometimes that spunk wound up on film. (Yes, “Mary Tyler Moore” fans, I like spunk.)

In the film version of “War and Peace,” according to Hellstern’s book, they shot the wintry scenes “in velvets and furs in August,” as Hepburn remembered it. “In the hunting scene where I’m in velvet and a high hat, the family was plodding across a big field in the blazing Roman sunshine and all of a sudden, my horse fainted from under me. They quickly got me out of the saddle…. So when they say I’m strong as a horse, I am. I’m stronger! I didn’t faint. The horse did.”

There’s a lovely outlook for you.

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  • I guess Audrey forgot that the horse was carrying her with all her furs.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    How true -- and it was carrying them in the heat, according to the book!

  • And wasn't she the "Funny Face" too?

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Yes, she and Fred Astaire were in that in 1957.

  • Hi Margaret - I DO require laughter and humor - especially when I've made myself unhappy when taking myself too seriously. So it was the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" that introduced me to the word "spunk" back when I was a youngster? Now, THAT's lovely. (I almost used a smiling emoji, here, but thought better of it!)

  • Thank you, folkloric! I don't think I'd heard the word "spunk" until Lou Grant used it, either, even though it seems to be what was expected of me growing up. It is a lovely word for a not necessarily lovely quality. Thanks for enjoying it -- and for sparing me the emoji. I could tell you were smiling anyway.

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