Harvey Brownstone Interviews...

Harvey Brownstone Interviews the son of the Legendary Audrey Hepburn, Sean Hepburn Ferrer

October 05, 2023 Harvey Brownstone Season 3 Episode 71
Harvey Brownstone Interviews...
Harvey Brownstone Interviews the son of the Legendary Audrey Hepburn, Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Show Notes

Harvey Brownstone conducts an in-depth interview with the son of the Legendary Audrey Hepburn, Sean Hepburn Ferrer 

About Harvey's guest: 

Today’s guest, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, is the son of one of the most talented, respected, revered and beloved cinematic legends and humanitarians:  Audrey Hepburn.    

In classic films like “Roman Holiday”, “Sabrina”, “War and Peace”, “Funny Face”, “Love in the Afternoon”, “The Nun’s Story”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “The Children’s Hour”, “My Fair Lady”, “Wait Until Dark” and many more, Audrey Hepburn dazzled, inspired and enchanted us.  And she captivated our hearts with her iconic beauty, vulnerability, sincerity and incomparable empathy, which underscored and motivated everything she did.    

She received 5 Academy Award nominations and won the Oscar for Best Actress for “Roman Holiday”.  And after her passing, the Academy bestowed the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Award upon her, posthumously, which our guest accepted on her behalf.   

Audrey Hepburn was one of the first people to be an EGOT winner.  She won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and 2 Tony Awards.  She also won dozens of other awards including 3 BAFTA Awards and 3 Golden Globe Awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.  And the American Film Institute named her the third greatest female screen legend of all time.   She was the first celebrity to have her own fragrance, called “L’interdit”, created by Givenchy in 1967.   But beyond all of that – beyond her iconic beauty, glamour, fashion sense, elegance and warmth, there was Audrey Hepburn the monumentally generous humanitarian.  She was the truly the walking definition of “the milk of human kindness”.  She never forgot that, immediately after the war, an organization which later became UNICEF, brought food, medicine and clothing to her community in Holland, where she lived as a child during the Nazi occupation.   

And so, in the last 6 years of her life, as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, she made numerous trips to the world’s most impoverished and war-torn countries, especially in Africa, advocating passionately and tirelessly on behalf of the children being devasted by disease, famine and genocide.  President George Bush Sr. presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her contribution to humanity.  And if you go to the UNICEF Headquarters in New York, you will see a beautiful statue called “The Spirit of Audrey”.   

Our guest, who is the son of Audrey Hepburn and the iconic actor, director, producer and writer, Mel Ferrer, has had a successful career in the film industry for many years.  Shortly after his beloved mother passed away in 1993, he and his brother Luca created he Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund, a charity that continues the humanitarian work and honours the legacy of his dear mother.  He’s been touring the world with his exhibition, entitled "Intimate Audrey", raising funds for his non-profit organization.   In 2003, he released a wonderfully poignant book entitled, “Audrey Hepburn:  An Elegant Spirit: A Son Remembers”, and all of his royalties went to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.  And in 2020, he and his wife Karin, published “Little Audrey's Daydream”, a children's book about his mother’s childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe. Proceeds from the book benefit the European Organisation for Rare Diseases. 

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