Monday, February 2, 2009

Beauty Tips

The beautiful and successful film actress Audrey Hepburn was once asked to share the secret behind her "beauty tips." She wrote the following poem, which was also read at her funeral years later.

Beauty Tips

For attractive lips,
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
let a child run his or her fingers
through it once a day.
For poise,
Walk with the knowledge you'll
never walk alone.
People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself,
the other for helping others.

~Audrey Hepburn
May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993


Audrey volunteered tirelessly for UNICEF from 1988 until 1992, and worked in some of the most profoundly disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia. In 1992, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

32 comments:

steviewren said...

Audrey was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. I love that poem.

Pat, you'll understand this...I got an early morning call from my daughter....I'll let you know....

Gracie said...

I just love this lady! And my daughter too, she has lots of posters and stuff in her bedroom and even a fake leather bag with her face on it!

Vee said...

I've read this before and often wondered if those really were her thoughts... I won't wonder anymore because I trust your research and scholarship. She really was a beautiful woman. I love two of her movies espeically...Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady even if I do think that Julie Andrews was jipped/gypped.

Vee said...

some days I can spell especially...;>

ARLENE said...

I've always thought this was lovely. Thanks for reminding me.

Judy said...

Those are the best beauty tips...and not what I was expecting. She was not only beautiful...but wise as well!

Willow said...

What a lovely lady she was! Beautiful poem.

aliceinparis said...

Pat! That was a lovely poem:)) So wise:)
I might be in New York in May:))

Mama said...

Hello Pat, What a beautiful lady and wonderful poem, Audrey truly was a special lady :) hugs, KAthy.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I love Audrey Hepburn. What an incredible actress and person she was. That poem says it ALL.

Thanks for sharing, and is that a new photo of our boy Leo??? The one that says Super Baby, or did I somehow miss it? I always look for pics of him. What a cutie pie! It makes my day to see his cute little face, and I know it makes his Grandmother's! :-)

Love to you, my friend...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

She was truly beautiful, in every meaning of the word, inside and out!

Thanks Pat!

Linda Lou said...

Audrey Hepburn personified class-beautiful, classic, and such a great actress! If only we used her beauty tips ALL THE TIME!

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Leo is growing so fast! He's just beautiful. Audrey was such a classy person. She also was a loving person I hear.

Barb said...

Those are wonderful beauty tips....Barb

Jojo said...

That was beautiful and so meaningful. We all need to be reminded about this kind of ageless beauty.

Deb said...

What a beautiful post & wise words!

Tara said...

What a classy gal! I am making plans with my son to go to The Pink tea cup--he wants to know who tells me about all these cool places! I said wonderful Pat!

:0)
Tara

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Great list of beauty tips Pat! As they say, a smile is an instant
'face lift'!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Pat!

I love your post on Audrey Hepburn! She was such an image of beauty and love inside and out. I really enjoy watching her old movies, she was a wonderful actress. And such a great lady!

Hugs, Sherry

M.Kate said...

I love this post Pat, it's just beautiful. Hope you'll have a great week ahead..just completed the New Year celebrations post..yeah yeah, I know, its a never ending one haha..

Susan said...

Hi Pat- I loved your Audrey Hepburn post. What an elegant lady she was!

Thanks for stopping by my blog- its so great to meet you. I scanned through your blog and I love all your posts. You can be sure Ill be back...Hugs Susan

Tracy said...

Audrey was beautiful inside as well as out! She's one my role models in many ways. I had read this advice of her's before--they are very encouraging beauty tips. Thanks for reminding us of her words of wisdom and generosity! Happy Days, Pat ((HUGS))

Cori G. said...

Pat I've never heard this before. As I read it my tears welled up...she must have been an angel.

I hope all is well in Brooklyn. Are you covered in snow still?

xo Cori

Donna said...

What a beautiful poem. She was a wonderful person, and one of my favorite actresses.

Rachael said...

That poem is lovely.....very much like Audrey Hepburn! She was class, dignity, and beauty in every way.

I love old movies, and she is one my of my favorite old movie actresses!

Thanks for sharing this :-)

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing the poem!
-Kim

louise said...

A special lady has beauty both outside and within, Audrey Hepburn was one of these. I haven't ever come across these words, so thanks for sharing them, I like them very much. The photos of Leo are just so cute, you must be so proud of the little fellow. x

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I really couldn't love this poem more. I hung it on my wall in college. :-) Wasn't she fabulous?!

Oliag said...

I'm saving this....it's beautiful!

Melanie said...

Hia Pat I just had to cut and paste that poem- I think it will even make it to the print out stage. It is so lovely. She really was a beautiful lady and a good actress.

We had to visit Tiffany's after seeing her film. :-)

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a lovely lady. One could see her sweet spirit in her eyes and that's what made her so exquisite.

Susie Q said...

This has been one of my favorite quotes...and wasn't she a truly beautiful woman, inside and out.
I love all the pictures of your sweet grandson on the side bar! They just made me smile!!

Love,
Sue