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Audrey Hepburn photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1964

In her first and only meeting with the famous macho actor Marlon Brando, early in her career at Paramount, the two were seated next to each other at an Actor’s Guild luncheon. As they sat down, Audrey said a shy hello. Brando said not a single word to her during the entire dinner. For 40 years, Ferrer says, his mother believed that Brando had shunned her. But in the hospital near the end of her life, she received a letter from the famous actor. A mutual friend must have told him of Hepburn’s feelings, and he wrote to set the record straight. Although she might have been shy of him at that luncheon, he recalled that he had been so much in awe of her that he was speechless. He couldn’t think of a single thing to say.

—Excerpt from Audrey Hepburn:  A Son’s Reflections

" What in your life is calling you,
when all the noise is silenced,
the meetings adjourned,
the lists laid aside,
and the wild Iris blooms
by itself
in the dark forest,
what still pulls on your soul?

- Rumi  (via myworldmyhermitage)
(via nicolecc1)

(Source: jesoutiensque)

" Tired, tired with nothing, tired with everything, tired with the world’s weight he had never chosen to bear. "

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)

— Joyce Carol Oates

John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Audrey Hepburn in Paramount’s portrait gallery dressing room prior to attending the 27th annual Academy Awards in 1955. Photo by Bill Avery.