Audrey Hepburn had become a millionaire and a world star. But in private, she lived a simple life with her husband and to her five-year-old son Luca she was just Mama.
Audrey Hepburn's Son Shares Childhood Pics of His Ordinary 'Mama'
AUGUST 16, 2013David Wigg, Daily MailIn private, she lived a simple life with her husband, Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, and to her five-year-old son Luca she was just Mama.
Luca says all the praise and respect and worldwide fame made no difference to her outlook. ‘She never had bodyguards or travelled in cars with blacked-out windows like celebrities do today. She would say “No, I’m perfectly able to walk. Keep it for the years to come when I’m old and frail.”’ Fame meant nothing to her, says Luca, unless it could be used for something positive, which is why she spent her final years working for the children’s charity Unicef.
‘She would tell us, “The human obligation is to help children who are suffering. The rest is luxury.”
Mama always talked about her work as a profession, a way to provide for her family. Her first career, she always said, was being a mother and her second one was her work for Unicef. She never saw herself as a movie star.
‘She wasn’t afraid of growing old. She was looking forward to sitting around the fire and telling stories to the grandchildren. She always saw life as seasons – “I have been young, I’ve been a mother, and now I am old.” So to her the ageing process was normal.’ Read more: Daily Mail