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Audrey Hepburn about becoming a housewife

June 10, 2021

"Some people think that giving up my career was a great sacrifice made for my family, but it wasn't that at all. It was what I most wanted to do."

"It's sad if people think that's a dull existence, but you can't just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It's the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting. I want it to be gay and cheerful, a haven in this troubled world. I don't want my husband to come home and find a rattled woman. Our era is already rattled enough, isn't it?"

These quotes come from her cookbook, "AUDREY at Home: Memories of my mother's kitchen" written by her son, Luca Dotti. This charming book is filled with heartwarming stories, candid family photographs (and recipes!), allowing us to see her not as an icon, but as a loving mother through the eyes of her youngest son. The book is worth the read and I highly recommend it to any avid Audrey Hepburn fan.

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Title Audrey Hepburn about becoming a housewife
Author Cindereffy
Upvotes 139
Comments 11
Date June 10, 2021 10:55 AM UTC (2 years ago)
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[–]wmkb35 51 points52 points  (4 children) | Copy Link

In one of the books written by her son he talks about how photographers took pics of his mom as she took the kids to school. At the time he thought they were doing it because she was pretty.

It warmed my heart because that meant she wasn’t constantly talking about her fame at home.

What a great lady. And I don’t get to say it often, but Audrey at 50+ was prettier and more elegant than most women past or present in their youth.

I’ll stand on Kim Kardashian’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.

[–]Cindereffy[S] 17 points18 points  (3 children) | Copy Link

Luca was born after Audrey's most famous films were well behind her, so he was raised largely unaware of her stature.

Other quotes:

"I never knew Audrey Hepburn. As a little boy, when a group of journalists persistently asked me about her, I responded, somewhat annoyed: "You are mistaken, I am the son of Mrs. Dotti." [...] At home, Dad was the center of attention, particularly as Mum had put her film career aside to focus on her new role as wife and mother."

"I slowly began to understand that I had to come to terms with the icon, known to everyone except me, because while I grew up knowing my mother was famous, I didn't understand the extent of her popularity. Likewise, I've often been asked if I had the time to get to know Audrey, the assumption being I knew her from the same distance they did, as if my mother was crystallized in a series of black-and-white film stills, nothing more."

[–]wmkb35 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

Thank you, OP! 😀

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

I love these quotes too 😭

[–]lemongrooved 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy Link

Too bad that husband constantly cheated on her with teenagers and treated her like trash =|

[–]HappilyMrs 26 points27 points  (2 children) | Copy Link

So true. Making a safe port in for your Captain to return to is important.

When did we as societies stop valuing loving and caring for those we treasure?

[–]KombuchaEnema1 Star 38 points39 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I think part of the issue is that women were presented with this idea of entering the workforce and told that it would be sunshine and rainbows and we’d finally be independent and equal to men and it would be paradise.

But what they didn’t tell them was that working is hard. Being responsible for household finances is hard. Bearing the burdens of being a breadwinner is hard. The workplace is often cutthroat and cruel and difficult to navigate. Men were never living in paradise and women trying to enter their world figured it out pretty quickly.

So now we have a lot of women who are working while also trying to juggle house skills like cooking and cleaning and wondering why they’re miserable and why the men they date are miserable. The truth is: it’s a lot easier to focus on either a career or managing a household, but not both at the same time. Trying to manage both at the same time is draining. That’s why we need partnerships.

I work part-time and am attending college and I find it so difficult to be cheerful when my husband comes home because I’m so very stressed and I’m having trouble keeping everything together. But we need my income right now to survive until he’s able to move forward in his career.

I’m counting down the days until I can become a housewife and start making the house look pretty and feel warm and happy and cheerful.

[–]anothergoodbook 5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

I think you put that quite eloquently.

[–]SunshineSundressEndorsed Contributor 4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

Wow, so lovely. I always loved her for her movie roles and her impeccable style, but I didn’t know she had so much wisdom too! Thanks for sharing.

[–]SunkissedBlondie 5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy Link

I am not quite sure if this is appropriate just because Audrey Hepburn's 2nd husband (Andrea Dotti) wasn't a good man by most standards.

[–]someone4eva 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy Link

That is lovely

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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