Friday, February 27, 2009

Audrey and Roger.

In bed with Roger Moore last night – well his book - ‘My word is my Bond’ to be exact – I read how Audrey Hepburn, who had been awarded the highest civilian award in the USA: the Medal of Freedom in 1992 - had persuaded Roger to become an ambassador for UNICEF. I never met Roger – he was leaving photographic studios for film studios as I was starting modelling, but for a time we shared the same agent and one of the studios I visited frequently was always singing his praises: Studio Lisa. Lisa was the mother of the actress Dinah Sheridan of ‘Genevieve’ fame.

Both Audrey and Roger have helped children all over the world through their stalwart work for UNICEF and this despite failing health on Audrey’s part and a brush with cancer and a pace maker on Roger’s. In January 1993 Audrey died at her home in Switzerland and Roger told how her son Sean, at the funeral service read her favourite poem and I’ve managed to find it.

Time tested Beauty tips
Sam Levenson

For lovely eyes,
seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure,
share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair,
let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise,
walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone...

People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed ...

Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a
helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others".


Kim Ayres said...

Caring about others always makes the soul more beautiful

kenju said...

They are the proof of the statement:

Beauty is as beauty does.

Jimmy Bastard said...

"For lovely eyes,
seek out the good in people."

How true.
Sometimes in the darkest soul you find the brightest light.

lom said...

What lovely thoughts

Sheri said...

I've always loved this poem (Roger and Audrey, too). Thanks for sharing!

PI said...

Kim Audrey was beautiful inside and out.

Judy: it was cruel that she was taken so soon but she has earned her place with the angels.

Jimmy: that gives me pause for thought.

PI said...

LOM: I thought you'd like them:)

Sheri: it was new to me. I'm glad I could find it.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is a profound Poem, Pat...Thanks for finding it and posting it!

I must read Roger Moore's book. I always liked him and felt he was never given the chance to do the serious work he was capable of, after the BOND years....But I need to read his book to see if I am wrong about that and to learn more about him, as a person.
I LOVED Audrey Hepburn...but then, who didn't? (lol)

Anonymous said...

And did you read that poem without crying? I didn't. ~Mary

Queenie said...

That's lovely, PI, and new to me too. Thanks for posting.

PI said...

Naomi: I think you are right about that. He had a very jokey persona but I'm sure there was a serious actor struggling to get out. I actually bought the book for MTL- he's a Bond fan and is the same era as Roger.

Frank and Mary: not the first time as I was in a hurry to post it, but later there were a few prickles:)

Queenie: I'm glad you like it. He wrote it for his grand- daughter (Levinson) apparently which makes it even more moving.

sablonneuse said...

What beautiful words. It's also wonderful to learn that the impression I've always had of Audrey Hepburn is confirmed by people who actually knew her.

Keith said...

That poem is so true. The part that strikes a chord with me is "Never throw out anybody.."

I've lost count of the friends who have walked away from me now that I'm no longer of any use to them.

PI said...

Sandy: such a pity when the good die young. Hope you are still improving:)

Keith: I'm not going anywhere ducks.

problemchildbride said...

Aah. Balm for the weary is that. Thanks pat, it's beautiful.

PI said...

Sam: a pleasure dear.