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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