Bi’blog’raphy

Below is my bi’blog’raphy. These websites (and book) I found the most useful for the majority of the information in my Eminent study.

“Audrey Hepburn.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Fri. 24 Nov. 2014. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Hepburn

“Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.” Audrey Hepburn Official Site. Tues. 22 Nov. 2014. http://www.audreyhepburn.com/menu/index.php?idMenu=42&idMenuSub=42#par_46

“Audrey Hepburn Biography.” Biography. May 4 2014. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000030/bio

“Audrey Hepburn. IMDB Biography. Jan. 17 2012. “http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2013/04/audrey-hepburn-never-thought-i-was-beautiful

“Audrey Hepburn.” Audrey 1. Mon. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.audrey1.org/biography/7/short-biography-of-audrey-hepburn

Hofstede, David. Audrey Hepburn: A Bio-Biography. Print.

It Appears We Have Reached The End – (NoTN Reflection)

Before I start I would just like to take a moment to “breath” and appreciate the completion of Night of The Notables. Its finally over. I have to admit that it actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, I actually quite enjoyed it…aside from all the stress.

Looking back from the moment I started this project I had pushed it aside and spent most of my energy studying for the next test or writing the latest essay, but as the date approached to present my project I really began to enjoy myself. I began to enjoy learning about the amazing person I had chosen, Audrey Hepburn. And when the date finally arrived, it was really neat to be able to share all my information with other people, but lets rewind to the beginning of the evening and start at 3:10, the beginning of the end.

As the school day wrapped up all the TALONS were sent down to the MPR to set up for the NoTN. Being on the tech committee, I headed upstairs to get the sound and lighting hooked up. We had quite a few struggles with the soundboard, but after a couple hours of re-attaching all the correct cords into the correct inputs we ended up plugging the laptop directly into the wall to connect straight to the speakers. In the end, I found out the next day that it wasn’t the soundboard, it was that we forgot to hook up the laptop correctly…whoops. Anyway, after that we had time to set up our learning centres, which ended up taking me way longer than I have anticipated. Nevertheless, I think my learning centre came out looking great and I was very proud to show it to everyone.

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The time had finally come for the grade 10 speeches. I was honestly quite shocked at how exceptional they were and its definitely nerve-racking to think that I am going to have to live up to such astonishing speeches. A part of me thinks I should start now to be ready in time.

When the speeches cameo a close it was time to head up to the learning centres, which also meant it was my turn. As I mentioned before, from the lights to the carpet I was quite pleased with the way my learning centre turned out.

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A decent stream of people came to my station asking different questions. The most common were: “Why did you choose Audrey Hepburn?” Or, “What was you favourite movie that she starred in?” And the most common statement, “Tell me about Audrey Hepburn.” At first I was a bit nervous about answering peoples questions, but I soon realized that with all the research that I had done to put together this project and write my speech I was able to answer everyones questions. I can’t think of a question that a anyone asked me that I wasn’t able to answer, and that to me was one of my biggest accomplishments of the night.

Overall, even with the minor hick-ups, I think the night was very successful and quite memorable. I think everyone produced amazing projects, including myself, as well as superb speeches (grade 10’s) and I am really proud to have been a part of this event. I never thought I would say this, but I am excited to do this again next year.

Document of Learning – Speech Draft

Here is my speech draft. I realize this is after the fact, but sadly I deleted the post the first time around.

Right now, I could tell you about Audrey’s life the way the world saw it. Her awards, her career, everything the media could make sense of from the little tidbits that she shared of her personal life, but then I might as well just have you all pull out your phones and read her Wikipedia page. So, being her best friend, I feel as though I should share with you the real Audrey Hepburn, not the actress, but the wife, mother and best friend that she was.

I remember when I first met Audrey. It was at a party in 1961 that Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh gave for their tenth wedding anniversary. I was just married, knew nobody, and was obviously starstruck by all. Audrey was a star. She was an icon, yet like all bright and intelligent people, often doubted herself. She would say to me, ‘My feet are so big and yours are just so much smaller and nice.’ She always felt that her looks were due to makeup. One day she came to see me on her way to the studio, just stood there, with no makeup on . . . looking at me with those big eyes and said ‘You see, no makeup, no eyes, and a square face!’ None of it was true of course, but from that day on I always called her ‘Square’ and she would call herself that to me. After that, she became my best friend, my soulmate. We had no secrets from each other. We laughed and cried together. She was funny and she did everything so well: cooking, decorating her homes. Christmas and Easter were always great. Audrey’s friendship was by far one of the best things that ever happened to me.

Now, everyone knew Audrey as one of the most amazing actresses of her time and from what I could see, Audrey was one of those Hollywood actresses whose presence as the star of a film always sold tickets and made the studios great profits. Not that she would ever admit that of course. Audrey was moved to this code of perfect behavior by the most touching modesty. According to her, she had just been lucky to be singled out for a fabulous career and she spent her lifetime, forever trying to measure up to what she thought she ought to be. Audrey once said, ‘As a child, I was taught that it was bad manners to bring attention to yourself, and to never, ever make a spectacle of yourself… all of which I’ve earned a living doing.’ And as I got closer and closer with her family, it was clear to me that she wanted to pass on this trait to her two sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti. Half-brothers. Same mother, different fathers. Over her lifetime Audrey had held 2 long marriages, but secretly I think it should have been 3. She and Robert Wolders spent nine years together and she even said it herself, they were married, just not formally.

As her years went on, Audrey starred in less and less films and began devoting more of her time towards UNICEF. Ever since she was a little girl she always felt compelled to helping people. During the war time it was her who needed the help and the extra food rations. So, in a way, I guess she felt as if she owed it to pay that deed forward for the rest of her life, because without the support from the volunteers from various different charities and organizations she herself might not have made it past childhood alive.

As she became more involved with UNICEF, Audrey went on many different missions. She visited a polio vaccine project in Turkey, as well as projects for children living and working in the streets of Ecuador and projects to provide drinking water in Guatemala and Honduras. In 1989 Audrey was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF. I could not have been more proud of her. It really did reflect her efforts and energy spent towards helping, not only children, but people in need. I remember on her appointment she had said, ‘I can testify to what UNICEF means to children, because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II,’ Which brings up what I said before, she had been on the receiving end of the spectrum, and she hadn’t talked about it much, but there had been brief periods in conversations where she would sometimes tell me stories of her life as a little girl growing during the war. She said she could never forget the memories of being at the station and seeing trainloads of Jews being transported away. I really felt for her, they were such awful images to have always lingering in the back of your head. But, now it was her time to do everything in her power to pay it forward. To give back to the world what it had given her. A life.

It is rare when someone who has so much devotes their life to giving even more of themselves back to the world, but that is exactly what Audrey always strived to achieve and something I will forever admire her for.

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SFU Post That Was Never Posted

Apparently I saved this post in my drafts and never actually posted it…whoops. So, here is the very long awaited SFU post that was never posted.

This past Thursday, our first field trip of the year, we traveled up the winding roads of Burnaby Mountain to visit SFU (Simon Fraser University). As I have been to SFU on many occasions, my main goal on this trip was not to explore SFU, but to find some information on my eminent person, Audrey Hepburn. However, while I was there I still found it quite pleasurable to walk around SFU past small patches of grass where my dad and I would toss a frisbee around and sit in the “avocado” that I used to think was the best hiding spot in the world.

To start off our day, the morning TALONS, along with myself visited the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, one of the places on campus I had never been before. There were numerous artifacts in glass cases along the walls and in the centre of the room, all very unique and interesting with their own stories. By far, my favourite display was “SFUwarts: School Supplies”. It had an array of supplies from the books and movies such as quills and ink. However, Hedwig (Harry’s Snowy owl) was what really stood out to me. It was a very close replica to the real Hedwig, and I immediately sent a picture of her to my little sister who, along with my mother, watches all eight movies (approximately 21 hours) every year on Harry Potter’s Birthday.

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Aside from SFUwarts, I found the canoe in the centre very impressive, as were the various other sculptures around the sides of the room.

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While the afternoon TALONS had their turn to explore the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, we set off to find a quite spot away from any other TALONS to act as a fly on the wall and observe our surrounds. I chose to sit in a corner located beside a big glass door at the end of a long hallway leading to yet another long hallway. The majority of the people who passed we walking alone at a brisk pace to get to their next class. A couple people who passed gave me weird looks including the janitor who stared at me as she walked all the way down the hallway. The only interesting/loud interaction that happened while I was sitting in my corner was when, what I assume to be a professor with a very bushy beard, congratulated another potential professor on an award he had received recently. They shook hands and patted each other on the back and were off on their ways.   Soon after that we were called back to the couches outside the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology where we met up with the other TALONS for a mini tour and lunch.

For lunch we headed to the Himalayan Peak Indian Cuisine. It was a buffet style restaurant with some of the most amazing food, such as curry (my favourite), naan bread, and rice. But before we were allowed to get our food each group had to answer a trivia question. Thanks to Christine who has seen almost every episode of the Simpsons, our group got to serve ourselves first.

After lunch, Zoë and Katie (Jamie’s sisters), gave us a tour of the campus. We finished off our tour at the library where we were given some time to explore and check our a book or two on our eminent person. They had some huge touch screens to search up books, but it took a while to type in my persons name because the keyboard was so over-sensitive that it added letters and numbers into the search bar that I never typed in. When finally did succeed in typing in Audrey Hepburn, numerous magazine and newspaper articles appears as well as a few biographies.

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In the end, I ended up taking out a biography on Audrey Hepburn, that included a section at the back that focused specifically on her film career. So far, it has proven to be a very helpful and insightful book/research source.

Overall, the trip was gave me the opportunity to see SFU from a different point of view and spend time observing the hallways and scenery outside that I had never really taken the time to look at before. On top of that, I succeeded in finding some information on Audrey Hepburn that will hopefully help me a lot down the road as I delve deeper into this project. I think I would rate this field trip as a success.

Underneath Her Beauty

Born to an English father and Dutch mother in Belgium, May 4th 1929, Audrey Hepburn has proven herself to be one of the most strong, beautiful and eminent women in the 20th century.

In 1935, her parents divorced due to her dad being a Nazi sympathiser, and Audrey later admitted this to be the most traumatic incident in her life. Four years later in 1939 Audrey’s mother moved the whole family to Arnhem in the Netherlands where she thought it would be safe from the Nazi invasion. However, one year later in 1940, the Netherlands fell under Nazi occupation until liberation in 1945. During this same time Audrey attended Arnhem conservatory where she took up ballet and began to consider ballet as a serious career occupation. It was said she would often dance in different locations to help raise money for the underground movement. After the war, Audrey left Arnhem conservatory and went to London where she continued to practice ballet. However, due to her height and malnutrition during the war she was unable to dance at the high level she needed too, to become an amazing ballerina. And unfortunately the war did not only affect her physical ability, but she could never forget seeing train loads of Jewish children being herded into cattle trucks for deportation.

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“I have memories. More than once I was at the station seeing trainloads of Jews being transported, seeing all these faces over the top of the wagon.”

Nevertheless Audrey had survived the war and she now had to find a new occupation due her inability to become a professional dancer. So, Audrey began to seek roles as an actress. She started off with several minor roles in films such as The Lavender Hill Mob, but soon after Audrey was chosen to play Gigi a hit West end play. In 1952, during the filming of her first movie, Secret People, a film about a prodigy ballerina, she was spotted by director William Wyler. He thought the innocence and beauty of Audrey Hepburn would make a perfect choice for the English Princess in the film he was producing, Roman Holiday. The film was a great hit and in many respects, Audrey outshone her more illustrious lead Gregory Peck and as predicted it was Audrey who was given an Oscar for her performance.

This film established her place in Hollywood’s elite, giving her the opportunity play against many of the leading actors/actresses of the time. And she soon became one of Hollywood’s great stars of the 1950s and 1960s, not that she let that get to her head. She was perfectly happy to stay home and spend time with her family and stray away from the world of fame for a day.

In 1959, she stared in The Nun’s Story, which was quite different from her other roles. It was challenging portrayal of a young nun, Sister Luke, who not only trained to be a novice nun before spending time as a missionary in the Congo, but also faces a painful spiritual dilemma as she returns to Belgium and the Nazi occupation. The film proved to have many similarities to Audrey’s own life and it was able to capture her multi faceted acting talents.

After 15 years, in 1967, Audrey spent more time working with UNICEF, as well as spending quality time with her family. She was appointed as a special ambassador to UNICEF and not only did she soon became very involved in campaigns to help improve conditions for children all over the world, but she also visited street children in South America.

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“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, not because there isn’t tons of food sitting in the northern port of Shoa.”

January 1993, after returning from Somalia in 1992, she had developed cancer of the colon and sadly the disease had proven to be untreatable. Soon after, she died in Switzerland at the age of 63. But in her lifetime Audrey Hepburn proved that she knew no limits and fought through hard times to help those in need as well as continuing to learn and try harder rather than just settling for what she had, which, in my opinion, shows the true characteristics of an eminent person.

At first glance Audrey and I may not appear very similar and you might wonder why I chose her as my eminent person. For example, I can tell you right now that I have very limited talent when it comes to dancing and acting, but it wasn’t her fame as an amazing actor that stuck with me, it was the effort she put into making something of herself and her life, as well as what came after her acting career. Audrey could have continued acting for the rest of her days and we still would have remembered her as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, but she instead was willing to slowly part with the acting industry and continue to do something with her life to help other people all over the world. As I grow up I aspire to always continue to put effort into my work and never settle with what I have, I aspire to always continue to learn and grow and do what I can to better our world.

For this project my personal goal is to become more confident in public speaking, as well as managing my time better to release the stress of having all my work unfinished the night before and having to pull an all-nighter to complete my work thoroughly. I plan on attempting to accomplish a small amount of the project each week and hopefully this will give me more time to prepare my speech, which will take away some of the stress of public speaking and forgetting chances of the speech.

References:

http://www.biographyonline.net/humanitarian/audrey_hepburn.html

http://www.audrey1.org/biography/21/audrey-hepburn-unicef-overview

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrey_Hepburn