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Wed, Oct 15th 2014
Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn Monroe. Julia Roberts. Throughout history, a number of Hollywood’s leading ladies have had an incomparable joie de vivre that’s captivated our hearts and imagination. Sophisticated, glamorous, confident, intelligent, sexy and with a sense of humour; these women have matched their handsome counterparts on the big screen and in real life in every single way, and both women and men love them for it.
No matter what decade of the last century or this one you started going to the movies; the women featured here are timeless. They have shaped generations of morals, dreams and desires – and we present one important life lesson from each of them.
Audrey Hepburn – Be a philanthropist
Her beauty has proved timeless, and her legacy on screen and as a fashion icon is undisputed. Many of her movies – from her 1953 debut Roman Holiday to the much loved Breakfast At Tiffany’s – centred on a romantic, fairy-tale theme. Few know, that Hepburn’s real life was far from the glamorous and magical roles she embraced in her work. Growing up in the Netherlands during World War II, Hepburn endured many hardships. The family often had almost nothing to eat, and the young girl suffered from malnutrition and saw the horrors of poverty and war firsthand. Never forgetting her past once she became a star, she dedicated her life to being a humanitarian, supporting charitable causes the world over. She became a tireless ambassador for UNICEF, travelling all over the globe, to comfort and feed hungry and diseased children, until her untimely death from cancer in 1993.
Life lesson learnt – In a new global survey of 135 countries, the World Giving Index 2013 found that Americans did not even make the top 10 for giving to charity. Let’s change that. Hepburn’s lifelong mantra was to give back to the less fortunate in this world; take up a good cause and help in any way you can.
Marilyn Monroe – Always persevere
In 1944, Norma Jean Baker was turned down by a modelling agency and was advised that she’d better learn to do secretarial work or get married; she looked too ordinary, and didn’t have any future in show business. Her career as a model began by accident when a photographer saw her working on the assembly line at a munitions factory he had come to shoot at. She would land her first film role three years later, in which, the director decided not to show her on-screen, and featured only her voice as a telephone operator. After changing her name to Marilyn Monroe, she struggled for years to find work as an actor, but persevered through rejections, failures and hardships to eventually become America’s and the world’s best known sex symbol. Type cast as the original dumb blonde throughout her career in box office hits like The Seven Year Itch, Monroe was in fact, an intelligent and a shy person in real life; tragically dying before her time.
Life lesson learnt – If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Monroe said failure should not stop one from pursuing their dreams and goals in life. According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, there are now more than 9.1 million women owned businesses in the United States, and 1,288 new businesses are started every day by women entrepreneurs.
Grace Kelly – Find love and raise a family
Even before she became the Princess of Monaco in an elaborate wedding ceremony in 1956, Grace Kelly’s name was synonymous with style, elegance and yes, grace. A modern day Mona Lisa: she was the demure, classical beauty who starred in the biggest hits of her era; from High Noon to the Hitchcock masterpiece To Catch A Thief. Poised to lead a long career after winning a Best Actress Oscar, Kelly gave up the acting life at twenty six after just eleven movies, for a different sort of existence: to raise a family with Prince Rainier. The couple had three children together and despite being one of the wealthiest women on the planet, she never succumbed to needless extravagance. She cooked meals for the family and ran the palace she lived in, as a normal home. Like Princess Diana, she died relatively young, from her injuries after a horrific car crash.
Life lesson learnt – Kelly felt love and raising a family is an important and fulfilling thing, which one should make an effort to have in their lives. In 2014, more than half of the American adult population is unmarried or single. Researchers at the University of Illinois discovered in a survey that the biggest regret among Americans involved romance – with one in five respondents sharing a story of a missed love connection.
Katharine Hepburn – Age gracefully
Charming and imperious, Katharine Hepburn epitomized style and grace, not only in her appearance, but in her very essence, and broke all the rules women were supposed to follow. In 1999 the American Film Institute named her as the greatest female star in Hollywood history – she still holds the record for the most Academy Awards won for Best Actress. If there is a secret to aging well, Hepburn must have known it; at seventy four she won her fourth Oscar, and gave actresses one third her age, a real complex with her natural beauty. While Botox, collagen injections and other cosmetic surgery is the norm among Hollywood actresses today; Hepburn never did any of the above and believed a woman should look as natural as possible; the less makeup used, the better. She died at the age of ninety six in 2003, not before writing two bestsellers about her rich life and lifestyle.
Life lesson learnt – According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average life expectancy for an American woman is now above 81 years; in 1940 it was 60 years. According to Hepburn, aging seems to be a matter of health and mind over makeup. If women take care of their bodies, eat healthy, and feel good about themselves; they will look good at any age.
Jane Fonda – Workout and exercise
As a child, she was a tomboy and known for being the daughter of legendary actor Henry Fonda ; but on reaching womanhood, Jane Fonda became the sex symbol of Hollywood who dazzled the world. Her jaw-dropping beauty, political activism and scandalous adventures made her a paparazzi favorite; who can forget her skinny dipping with Michael Jackson or being married to billionaire media mogul Ted Turner. Fonda has never been shy of her body, and will forever be known for encouraging millions of women to exercise. Fonda took up ballet to keep herself fit, but after fracturing her foot, she was unable to do that anymore. To compensate, she began aerobics and decided to write a book on her workouts. Fonda’s first exercise video came out in 1982 – Jane Fonda’s Workout – and jumpstarted the fitness craze across American homes. Since then, Fonda has sold more than 18 million copies of her different workout videos, making it the best selling exercise series of all time.
Life lesson learnt –It was found that more than two thirds (69%) of American adults are overweight or obese and more than one third (35%) are obese. Fonda at 76, has a figure to rival women in their early thirties, as she still exercises every day. Regular exercise and workouts not only burns unwanted fat and calories and prevents health problems, it also dramatically improves your body and brain functions according to Fonda.
Julia Roberts – Rest your body and soul
Due to her love of animals, Julia Roberts originally wanted to be a veterinarian, never imagining that she would become America’s most famous sweetheart on the big screen. Since her turn as the hooker with a heart of gold in the 1990 box office smash Pretty Woman, Roberts has scarcely made a wrong move and done some of the strongest roles in Hollywood; but there is far more to this fun-loving, yet serious Hollywood actress than meets the eye. Her Pretty Woman co-star Richard Gere is a Buddhist, while Tom Cruise makes headlines for being in the Church of Scientology – but few know that Roberts has been an avid believer in meditation and yoga for almost a decade and has even converted to Hinduism. Roberts meditates and practices yoga everyday to reduce stress, anxiety and get in touch with her inner self, claiming to have discovered the secret to living a healthy life by doing so. After her role in the 2010 hit Eat, Pray, Love – about a woman journeying to India to find inner peace – meditation tours to India have been on the rise.
Life lesson learnt – Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey to examine the state of stress across the country and understand its impact. According to the latest survey, American adults are living with stress that is higher than what they believe to be healthy and that they are not having much success at reducing or managing their stress. Learn to relax your body and make time to tune the world out every day. Roberts feels that meditation and yoga can give one a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Sandra Bullock – Be green and recycle
Any man who has seen Sandra Bullock on the big screen in hits like Miss Congeniality can’t help but think “that’s the kind of girl I want to marry”. Whether it’s her approachable persona, that 1000 watt incandescent smile or her drop dead gorgeous looks; she is, without a doubt, the most loved actress in Hollywood today. Bullock recently even topped Forbes list of Hollywood’s Highest Earning Actresses, as she earned over $51 million in the past twelve months. So why should she care about the environment and recycle? Because she was raised that way. Bullock’s mother, Helga, brought the family up on macrobiotic and health food, and taught them to recycle everything and live green. Bullock even wore recycled clothing without dyes and chemicals, and lived on furniture made from recycled wood. The environmentally-conscious star has since launched her own eco-friendly restaurant in Texas and a soy candle line; uses only natural products at home and supports plenty of eco-friendly causes.
Life lesson learnt – Bullock has a genuine concern to make the world we live in, a cleaner, greener and healthier environment; you could do the same. According to national statistics, Americans create more than 200 million tons of trash each year, but recycle only about 30% of it. Recycle and the next time you’re at the store, reach for recycled and natural products.
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