I give to UNICEF every year because of Audrey. I used to have a Dutch girlfriend many years ago who was born in Arnhem around the time Audrey was there during the war. I never discussed the war with her, but I came to know the experience reading Robert Matzen's book about Audrey in Arnhem during the war. I have also read other bios about her, and both her sons' books. We share a love for Italian cooking, and I found her pasta sauce recipe was the same as mine.
If I met Audrey at a party, and didn't know her, I would ask her if she was a dancer. She would have liked that, because she thought of herself first as a dancer. Perhaps why Funny Face was her favorite film--getting to dance with Fred Astaire, whom she adored. I'm a singer, among other things, but I know dancers. I was married to one. Years ago, I recall meeting an older lady at a party. I told her she looked like a dancer. She turned out to have been one of Balanchine's principal dancers at the NYC Ballet.
Audrey's grace and elegance I'm sure came from her dancing. She had the lines of a dancer. But she was more than that. She had kindness and humility, and a love for children--especially her two boys. Billy Wilder said while making "Sabrina" with her, he used to wake up in the middle of the night saying "Audrey." He said he was lucky his wife's name was also Audrey.
Anyone who has followed Audrey in depth comes to love her. One of her last movie appearances was in that Spielberg film "Always" in 1989, where she played an angel dressed in white. He persuaded her to come out of retirement to take the role, because he said she was the only saint in Hollywood who could play the part.
She was a saint. She was perfect. I hope I get to meet her someday.