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** Warning: There’s some grim photos at the end and you might not want to be eating while reading this **

We all remember Audrey as the cutesy call girl in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The iconic photo of her standing in front of the window at Tiffany’s became a staple of the 1960′s

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But did you know she fought against the Nazi’s in WWII? She helped raise money for the Dutch resistance and hid messages in her shoes. True story.

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She also won every award possible; including an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe

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And graced every magazine cover imaginable

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She could’ve been a NYC socialite – living in a penthouse, attending galas every night, and drinking fine wine. Audrey had the world on a string…

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Photo by Pierluigi Praturlon

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But she didn’t want to do that…

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Instead she joined UNICEF and from 1988 to 1992 she traveled to the worlds poorest countries. Her first stop was in Ethiopia where she visited the orphanages of starving children

“I have a broken heart. I feel desperate. I can’t stand the idea that two million people are in imminent danger of starving to death, many of them children…”

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Then she went on an immunization campaign in Turkey

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Then South America: Venezuela and Ecuador

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Then Central America: Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala

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Went to Sudan for “Operation Lifeline” where she helped ferry food to people during civil war.

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How about Bangladesh? Yup.

“Often the kids would have flies all over them, but she would just go hug them. I had never seen that. Other people had a certain amount of hesitation, but she would just grab them. Children would just come up to hold her hand, touch her – she was like the Pied Piper.” – UN Photographer

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I wish I knew what was so funny…

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Another immunization, this time in Vietnam? Yup.

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And in 1992, four months before she died of appendiceal cancer, Audrey went to Somalia

“I walked into a nightmare. I have seen famine in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, but I have seen nothing like this – so much worse than I could possibly have imagined. I wasn’t prepared for this.”

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September 1992, Audrey Hepburn in Somalia. © Robert Wolders

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September 1992. Somalia. © Robert Wolders

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Sorry for the long post… I didn’t think it would take me 90 minutes to write up. The more I researched, the more I had to add. I knew she worked w/ UNICEF and did some good stuff, but never imagined all this

I want to end on a happy picture at least :-)

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