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Why Waste Wednesday? DIY Project #2

Wrapping Gifts

For this week’s Why Waste Wednesday, we’ll teach you another easy way to recycle your old calendars. Old calendars are an excellent alternative to wrap gifts for your friends and family. Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary you can make your gift stand out with a personal touch.  You can even make bows out of them!  Check out the tutorials below to learn more:
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John Elway’s Last Game

john elway last gameOn January 31, 1999, famed Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway led his team to a victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. Going out on a win, this would be Elway’s last game.

After a successful high school football career, Elway was the most sought after high school player in the country with 60 scholarship offers. His school of choice was Stanford, and though he never led his college team to a bowl game, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns in his accomplished college career. As a result, he was entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000. In the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway was picked first overall by the Baltimore Colts. At that time, the Colts were one of the worst teams in the league, and Elway did not wish to play for them. Elway, who was also an accomplished baseball player, threatened to give up football and play for the New York Yankees if the Colts did not trade him. Elway was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, backup quarterback Mark Herrmann, and a first-round pick by the Colts  in the 1984 draft.

Because Elway was considered one of the most anticipated athletes in NFL history, local Colorado papers began to run a section called “The Elway Watch.” He had a rough start as most NFL newbies do, but ended up leading his team to five Super Bowls. His first three Super Bowls were in the 1986, 1987, and 1989 seasons, but his team suffered losses in all three (39-20 to the ’86 Giants, 42-10 to the ’87 Redskins, and 55-10 to the ’89 49ers – one of the worst losses in Super Bowl history). After these three losses, Elway became known as the quarterback who could not deliver when he reached the big game.

Those losses only fueled Elway’s drive to win. Eight years later, Elway finally led the Broncos to another Super Bowl in the 1998 season. The Broncos faced off against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, and though Elway threw no touchdown passes, the Broncos finally picked up a win, with a final score of 31-24.

In the 1999 season, the Broncos once again made it to the Super Bowl, with more wins in a three-year span than any other team had in NFL history. The Broncos met the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Falcons started out well, scoring a field goal and putting them up 3-0. The response was quick from the Broncos, with Elway setting up a series of completions, allowing fullback Howard Griffith to score a 1-yard touchdown run, putting the Broncos in the lead 7-3. In the second quarter, the Broncos kicked another field goal for another 3 points, while the Falcons missed one, causing the Broncos to take back possession of the ball and score another touchdown. The Falcons’ Tim Dwight’s big return gave the Falcons a short field, and Morten Anderson kicked right before halftime, bringing the score to 17-6, with Denver in the lead.

In the third quarter, both teams failed to score, but both put more points on the scoreboard early in the fourth. Darrien Gordon then intercepted his first of two passes of the game for Denver, and returned the ball to Atlanta’s 24-yard line. A 15-yard completion by Elway gave the Broncos 1st and goal from the 5-yard line. Griffith then made his way to the endzone after two running plays and the Broncos led 24-6.

After Gordon intercepted his second pass of the game, he returned the ball to Atlanta’s 48-yard line. From there, Elway completed a short pass to Terrell Davis who drove the ball 39 yards. Two plays later, Elway made a three-yard touchdown run, bringing the score up to 31-6. This touchdown made Elway the second player in history to score touchdowns in four different Super Bowls. The Falcons’ Dwight returned the kick-off 94 yards to score another touchdown. The Broncos recovered the onside kick and a 25-yard completion by Elway led to another Broncos’ field goal score. With a little over 2 minutes on the clock, the Falcons scored another touchdown, but time was not on the Falcons’ side.

With 37 seconds left on the clock, a victorious Elway made his way to the sidelines and was engulfed by his excited teammates. “That walk I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Elway recounted later, “That’s the kind of walk you dream of as a kid.” The Broncos were Super Bowl champions with a final score of 34-19, making them the seventh team to win back-to-back Super Bowls. The last team to accomplish this feat was the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 and 1993. Elway completed a total of 18 passes for a total of 336 yards and was named the Super Bowl XXXIII MVP, making him the oldest MVP in Super Bowl history.

Rumors abounded as to whether or not Elway would stick around and try and win the Broncos a third straight Super Bowl championship, something no team had ever done. Though the prospect was tempting, Elway decided to go out with a bang and announced his retirement on May 2 of that year.

Sources: Wikipedia, Lootmeister Sports, NY Daily News

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National Croissant Day

croissantsJanuary 30 is National Croissant Day! Croissants are flaky, buttery pastries, identified by their crescent shape.

Just as we are unsure why January 30 has been made this unofficial holiday, tales abound about the origin of the croissant itself as well. What is thought to be the precursor to the croissant, the Kipferl, dates back to 13th century Austria. The Kipferl is usually made plain in a variety of shapes or with the addition of nuts. The first of the tales about origin of the crescent-shaped treat goes back to the Battle of Tours in 732. A Frankish victory over Umayyad forces led to Islamic crescent-shaped treats being made in celebration. Another story states that when Turkish forces tried to invade Vienna in 1683 by tunneling underground, Viennese bakers who were working in a basement heard the Turks and alerted the army. In celebration of outwitting the Turks, the bakers shaped breads to look like crescent moons, which was the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.

How the pastry arrived in France and received the name croissant, meaning crescent in French, also has varied origins. Some think that Marie Antoinette, the formerly Austrian princess who married Louis XVI, introduced the pastry to France from her homeland of Austria 100 years after the Turks failed to invade Vienna. Others say that the croissant came into being in France in 1839 when August Zang, an Austrian artillery officer, opened a Viennese bakery (Boulangerie Viennoise) in Paris. His Viennese pastries became popular and the French began to imitate this baking style, using yeast-leavened dough. From this the French version of the Kipferl was created and named croissant for it’s crescent shape. It’s recognizable shape and name became known all over the world.

If you’re not already enjoying a delicious croissant with your breakfast, we’ve gathered up some recipes to help you celebrate!

Sources: Punchbowl, Wikipedia, Examiner.com, CNN’s Eatocracy

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Oprah’s Birthday

Oprah_WinfreyJanuary 29 is Oprah Winfrey’s birthday! Winfrey is a media mogul, actress, philanthropist, and producer, who is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show ran for 25 seasons, won multiple awards, and is credited with popularizing confessional media.

In 1954, Winfrey was born in a rural town in Mississippi, and lived an impoverished childhood with her grandmother until her mother moved her to inner-city Milwaukee at the age of 6. Winfrey has stated that she suffered sexual abuse from her male family members and her mother’s male friends when she was younger. She eventually moved to Nashville to live with her supposed father who was a barber turned businessman.

Winfrey’s father, Vernon, put an emphasis on her education, and she became an honor student, eventually receiving a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. Around this time, she began reporting news for a local black radio station, and soon became the youngest and first black female anchor on  Nashville’s WLAC-TV. After moving to Baltimore in 1976 to co-anchor the six o’ clock news, she was hired on as a co-host for Baltimore’s TV chat show, People are Talking.

It was after a move to Chicago to host AM Chicago, a morning show with low ratings, that Winfrey began to take the televised talk show world by storm. She brought the show from last to first in ratings, passing up former leader Phil Donahue‘s talk show. Because of her bold and open personality, she gained hundreds of thousands of viewers, and was cast in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple in 1985. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role, and the next year was given her own hour-long syndicated talk show named The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show’s syndication allowed it to be on 120 channels, gaining a whopping 10 million loyal viewers. In its first year, the show made $125 million, $30 million of which went to Winfrey. In order to gain ownership of her program from ABC, Winfrey started her own production company called Harpo Productions (Oprah spelled backwards). This move meant Winfrey would make even more from the continued syndication of her show.

During the early years of her show, it was dubbed as tabloid television. Not wanting to be associated with other gossipy and “trashy” television shows, Winfrey shifted the topics of her show and began reporting on a wider range of topics including health, geopolitics, spirituality, and celebrities who were involved in social issues. At first, her ratings suffered, but the respect she earned from her decision to avoid tabloid topics gained her popularity, and her viewership steadily increased.

Winfrey’s opinions and endorsements have proven to have a huge influence on public opinion. Her launch of “Oprah’s Book Club,” has had a significant impact on the publishing industry. After her successful weight loss efforts, Winfrey’s personal chef and trainer both produced best-selling books. Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and Rachael Ray can all credit their talk show successes to Winfrey and Harpo Productions after each made multiple appearances on The Opera Winfrey Show. Winfrey’s only political endorsement came with the campaign President Barack Obama, for whom it is estimated she influenced over a million votes in his favor.

In 1999, Winfrey co-founded the Oxygen Network, which produced programming targeted at female audiences. The next year she launched O, The Oprah Magazine and soon after signed a contract to continue making The Oprah Winfrey Show through 2011. When her 25-year old talk show ended, it was syndicated on 212 stations in the United States and 100 countries across the world. She started her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, when her contract with ABC was finished. The network didn’t receive much attention at first, but made headlines when Winfrey interviewed Lance Armstrong, cyclist and seven time Tour de France winner. His titles were rescinded when he was charged with using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong’s admission of his substance abuse on OWN reportedly earned the network millions of dollars in revenue.

Winfrey has been ranked as the richest African-American of the 20th century, the only black billionaire in North America, Life magazine’s most influential woman of her generation, and the greatest black philanthropist in the history of the United States. As a children’s rights activist, Winfrey played a pivotal role in President Bill Clinton signing a bill creating a nationwide database of convicted child abusers. She also founded the Family for Better Lives foundation and was the first person to receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was given to Winfrey by President Obama in 2013 for the contributions she has made to her country.

Happy birthday, Oprah!

Sources: Biography.com, Wikipedia, IMDB

 

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Fun at Work Day

funatworkJanuary 28 is Fun at Work Day! In an ideal world, everyone would have a job they loved every part of, so the words “fun” and “work” would be synonymous. For most of us, however, work is not always fun because, well, you have to get work done! For the lucky few who enjoy doing every aspect of their job, every day is Fun at Work Day. For everyone else who dreads at least a little bit of their work day, today is meant to make things more bearable.

According to several reports produced over the years, over half of Americans feel uninspired or disengaged at work and have a perpetual case of the “Mondays.” If your monotonous schedule has got you feeling a little down in the dumps, liven up your work environment.  Personalizing your desk with decorations, photos, or other personal mementos can make you feel more comfortable and relaxed while you’re working because your space will really become your own. Socializing with and having a good rapport with your co-workers can also make time pass more quickly and make working more like hanging out with your friends (while still being productive, of course).

Dilbert 014Desk Covercomp.inddThose are just small suggestions for things you can do on a daily basis to make your work life more tolerable. Since today isn’t just any other day though, you can be a bit more elaborate with your “fun.” Buzzfeed has come up with a list of 26 Delightful Ways to Make the Work Day More Fun that we give our stamp of approval. Some of our favorites are: using break room condiments to bring your favorite video game characters to life, starting a new silly filing system, and giving your office some decorative flair using only Post-It notes.

Take a break (or two… or three) today – you deserve it! Just make sure to check with your supervisor before you start having TOO much fun.

Sources: Holiday Insights, World’s Special Days, USA Today

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Opposite Day

opposite-dayJanuary 25 is NOT Opposite Day. Remember not to celebrate and believe everything you hear. Today is not special and it’s just like every other day.

Okay, all jokes aside – Opposite Day DOES have a real date, though its origin is unknown, and it is typically celebrated today. The general rule of thumb behind Opposite Day is that you are supposed to do or say the opposite of what you actually mean, and likewise take everything everyone else says with a grain of salt. ‘No’ means ‘yes,’ ‘left’ means ‘right,’ ‘up’ means ‘down,’ and… you get the picture. Young children are the biggest proponents of this silly holiday, but it can be a welcome excuse for adults to break up the monotony of their daily routines as well. Doing things you wouldn’t usually do and living your life the opposite of your norm could bring about surprising results. Maybe you’ll discover some new hobbies or interests that you used to be opposed to. One can begin to wonder though, since today was declared Opposite Day, is it even really today? Before we confuse you any more, we’ll give you some tips on how to properly celebrate:

  1. Start by inverting your statements to others. In other words, say the opposite of what you mean. It’s in good taste to keep these statements playful and silly – don’t say anything that could potentially offend your friends and family! This is typically best practiced with others who know it is Opposite Day so you can laugh and joke together.
  2. Eat your meals in the opposite order. Who wouldn’t want dessert first?
  3. Walk backwards! Just be sure you’re still watching where you’re going.
  4. Wear clothing that is opposite of the way you normally dress. Explore new fashions that you were too afraid or self-conscious to before!
  5. Take a different route to work, school, or anywhere else you may be traveling. Who knows – maybe you could discover a new scenic way of getting around!
  6. Try taking on a new hobby that varies from any you already have or would typically take on. You could find that something you originally opposed doing may not be that bad after all.
  7. Opposite Day aficionados have been known to start their Opposite Days by saying, “After this phrase is over, it will be officially opposite day.”

Now, don’t go out into the world, and please stick to your normal routine!

Sources: Examiner.com, Geekdays, Wikipedia

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National Peanut Butter Day

peanutbutter2n-1-web January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! The food spread made from roasted peanuts first rose up in popularity in the late 1800s. It is now considered a staple in 90% of American households, and the United States is the leading exporter of this savory and sweet spread.

Though it’s up for debate on who the original creator of peanut butter was, it started gaining popularity in the late 1800s. John Harvey Kellogg, who was a doctor and is also known for creating corn flakes cereal with his brother, patented the “Process of Preparing Nut Meal” in 1895. The holistic doctor fed peanut butter made from boiled peanuts to patients in his sanitarium. A St. Louis snack maker named George Boyle has also been credited with making peanut butter with roasted peanuts as early as 1894. George Washington Carver, who invented many other peanut-related products, is also sometimes credited with its invention. Spreadable peanut butter as we know it today was created in 1923 by the Heinz company after they homogenized peanuts.

Did you know that it takes about 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? Or how about that the average American consumes over six pounds of peanut butter products every year? Whether it’s paired with it’s jelly counterpart in a sandwich, baked into cookies, or slathered on a stick of celery – we love peanut butter! It’s a good thing too because peanut butter has many proven health benefits. Two teaspoons of peanut butter contain 12.3 grams of unsaturated fat, making it a heart healthy snack. Peanut butter is also high in potassium, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Because of peanut butter’s richness, it can keep you full longer than other snacks, which can help prevent unwanted weight gain. A serving of peanut butter also contains about 4.3 milligrams of niacin, a nutrient that helps keep you sharp and prevents cognitive decline leading to diseases such as Alzheimer’s in older age.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day by trying some of these recipes including the popular snack food:

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Sources: PunchbowlWikipedia, Babble

 

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Casablanca Released in Theaters

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman filming the final scene of Casablanca.

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman filming the final scene of Casablanca.

On January 23, 1943, romantic war drama Casablanca was released in United States theaters. The iconic film tops many “greatest films of all time” lists, and has grown in popularity over the years as a generational touchstone, referenced countless times in other areas of popular culture.

The film was made and is set during World War II in French-occupied Morocco. The story line follows Humphrey Bogart‘s character, Rick, an American and owner of “Rick’s Café Américain,” which is known as a place for expatriates and refugees. Trouble arises when Rick’s ex-lover, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), and her seemingly new husband and fugitive Czech resistance leader (Paul Henreid) arrive in Casablanca, searching for exit visas to escape to the United States. The three then become wrapped up in a volatile web of political and romantic espionage. Rick is forced to choose between love and the greater good. The film was Bogart’s first time to play the part of romantic leading man, and it has since become one of his most celebrated roles. His character’s tough exterior and sentimental and wounded heart combine to make him a quintessential part of Hollywood’s golden age of renowned players.

No one involved in the production of Casablanca expected the movie to be anything extraordinary. It was one of hundreds of films that came out every year in Hollywood, and was not thought to have a huge impact. This belief was held despite the fact that producer Hal B. Wallis paid $20,000, the most anyone had ever paid, for the rights to the play Casablanca was based on, Everybody Comes to Rick’s. After it’s release, Casablanca was met with mostly good reviews, though many were still unenthusiastic about the film. The New Yorker called it just “pretty tolerable.”

In spite of unfavorable reviews from some audiences, Casablanca grossed a substantial, though not incredible, $3.7 million during its initial release. The release also coincided with the Casablanca Conference, which was an important meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film studio utilized this as a type of free publicity. Casablanca was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three – Best Writing, Screenplay; Best Director, and Outstanding Motion Picture.

Over the years, where other movies of the era faded into the past, Casablanca‘s popularity has continued to grow, turning it into a timeless classic which has a legendary status that propels it above other cinema. It’s combination of romance, comedy, and patriotism in a time of war resonate with audiences of the past and present.  The film had grossed $6.8 million by 1955, making it the third most successful wartime movie of Warner Bros. Studios. It also became the most broadcasted film on American television by 1977.

The movie has become such a large part of popular culture over the years, that even those who have not seen the movie are still able to quote some of it’s most famous lines like, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” which was improvised by Bogart during filming, and “Play it, Sam,” which is probably the most misquoted line in film history, largely due to the Woody Allen movie titled Play it Again, Sam. Six memorable quotes from the movie made it onto the American Film Institues 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes.

Though many have tried to recreate this masterpiece of American cinema in their own way, few have succeeded in receiving favorable reviews. A few examples include the ill-fated 1980 rip-off, Caboblanco, featuring Charles Bronson as a Peruvian barkeeper and 1996′s Barb Wire with Baywatch‘s Pamela Anderson giving a failed attempt at a futuristic version of Bogie’s role. Some remakes and spoofs have received applause though, including Carrotblanca, a short Looney Tune’s version of the famous film with Bugs Bunny filling Bogart’s shoes.

In the over 70 years since the release of this American classic, the film continues to win over the hearts of viewers young and old, remaining a piece of cinematic history that, as playwright Murray Burnett said is “true yesterday, true today, true tomorrow.”

Sources: Wikipedia, Turner Classic Movies, IMDB

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National Hugging Day

two-children-huggingJanuary 21 is National Hugging Day! Today is a day to spread love and happiness by embracing the embrace!

National Hugging Day was created in 1986 by Kevin Zaborney. Zaborney published the holiday idea in Chase’s Calendar of Events, and though he was certain his idea would fail to take hold, it has become a widely popular holiday. So many countries across the world now unofficially celebrate this holiday that many have expressed interest in renaming it “International Hugging Day.” He chose January 21 as the celebration date because it falls between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and Valentine’s Day, a time which Zaborney thought most people were not in high spirits. ”American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public,” expressed Zabroney, hoping that the holiday would help Americans to be less self-conscious and more emotive. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School conducted a study in 2003 which proved that French couples touch three times the amount that Americans do.

Not only is hugging a way to greet your loved ones or show affection, but it has also been proven to have some great health benefits. Physical contact between human beings has been proven to benefit both physical and psychological development. Hugging is an excellent way to improve your immune system. A simple embrace between you and someone you care for can help lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease. Women who give and receive hugs can decrease the levels of cortisol in their bodies, which is a hormone that is released in response to stress. Higher levels of oxytocin, a stress reducing hormone, has been found in couples who hug for more than 20 seconds. Stress can have harmful physical effects, and a study done by the American Psychosomatic Society has found that even holding hands with a romantic partner for as little as 10 minutes can quell those harmful levels of stress. Higher blood pressure and heart rates have been found in those who do not enjoy regular physical contact.

hugcalendarIt is recommended by doctors that 4-6 hugs per day can help maintain a good physical and emotional well-being. Nick Vujicic holds the record for most hugs given in one day. In 2010, he gave 1,749 hugs to visitors at an expo center in Oregon.

To help you celebrate today, we’ve compiled a list of some of the many different hugs you can give today (or any day):

  • The Full Hug: This hug is the most common hug, in which both parties participate in equal amounts of embracing and affection for one another.
  • The Back to Front Hug: This hug can be given to a loved one even if they are busy doing something else. It is a great way to show someone you will always be there for them because it is given without expecting a reciprocal hug back.
  • The Side Hug: While this hug may seem like it is not as affectionate as other hugs, it is a good way to quickly express gratitude, love, or simply to tell someone “hello” in a more sincere way.
  • The Bear Hug: Considered the strongest of all hugs, this type of hug is usually given in a moment of excitement or when someone wishes to display strong affection for whoever they are hugging.

No matter what your hugging style is, remember to give a squeeze to those special people in your life today!

Sources: Wikipedia, National Hugging Day, Punchbowl 

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Audrey Hepburn Dies

Audrey Hepburn CalendarOn January 20, 1993, actress, fashion model, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, died at the age of 63. Hepburn is best known for her roles in Hollywood classics like Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and for her work with humanitarian organization UNICEF.

Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. After living through World War II and spending years studying dance, Hepburn began to explore the world of acting. She took on several bit and minor film roles, as well as small roles in several theater and musical productions. While playing another small role in the French/English film Monte Carlo Baby, Hepburn was “discovered” by French novelist Collette, who was searching someone to play the lead role in Gigi, the play adaptation of one of her novels. Upon seeing Hepburn on set, Collette reportedly said, “Voilà, there’s your Gigi.”

The young actress traveled to New York to star in the Broadway show, which ran for 219 shows. Hollywood began to buzz with talk of the new waif-like actress, who was a welcome change from the buxom actresses who had begun to dominate the silver screen like Marilyn Monroe. Just two years later, in 1953, Hepburn starred alongside Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday which followed the story Princess Ann, who briefly escapes her royal duties and falls in love with an American journalist portrayed by Peck. She wooed audiences and won her only Academy Award for best actress for the role.

In the next year, she met her future husband Mel Ferrer, and starred with him as a water nymph who falls in love with a human in the Broadway production of Ondine. In 1954, she won a Tony Award for her performance and married her leading man, Ferrer, in September of that same year. Later that year, she also starred in the romantic comedy Sabrina alongside William Holden and Humphrey Bogart, and received her second Academy Award nomination for best actress. A few years later, Hepburn was able to showcase her many years of dance training in Funny Face, which she starred in with dance legend Fred Astaire. The movie was loosely based on the real-life relationship between Hepburn and fashion photographer Richard Avedon, who considered Hepburn a muse of his. The movie also showcased muse-like relationship between Hepburn and her lifelong friend, designer Hubert de Givenchy, who designed all of Hepburn’s wardrobe in the film.

In 1959, Hepburn starred in a more serious role as Sister Luke in The Nun’s Story, for which she received her third Academy Award nomination. Probably Hepburn’s most memorable role and one that instilled her as a fashion icon was as the free-spirited party girl Holly Golightly in 1961′s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For this role she received yet another Academy Award nomination, and the style and sophistication she brought to the role became synonymous with her name.

audreyhepburncalendarHepburn played a wide variety of characters throughout the rest of the 1960s, showcasing her enormous acting range. This string of films included romantic thriller Charade, which was the only movie she starred in alongside Hollywood leading man, Cary Grant. In 1964, she went through a huge transformation as cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the film adaptation of the popular musical My Fair Lady. Other projects included Paris When it Sizzles, Two for the Road, How to Steal a Million, and the suspenseful Wait Until Dark, for which she received her last Academy Award nomination for best actress.

Towards the end of the 1960s, her marriage with Ferrer ended, and she met and married her second husband, an Italian psychiatrist named Andrea Dotti. After having her second child, Luca, her acting career died down and she focused on raising her two sons. Her last starring role was in 1981′s They All Laughed. Her acting career ended with a cameo appearance in Steven Speilberg’s Always.

She became a global ambassador for UNICEF in the 1980s, and traveled extensively to Asia, Africa, Central and South America to raise awareness about impoverished children and families in need.

After a trip to Somalia, Hepburn began to complain of abdominal pains. Doctors found that Hepburn was suffering from abdominal cancer which had spread from her appendix. After undergoing several surgeries, operating doctors decided her cancer had spread to far and she was thus inoperable. She returned to her home in Switzerland in a private jet filled with flowers, arranged by her lifetime friend Hubert de Givenchy. She spent her final days under hospice care, often taking walks in her garden until she was put on full-time bed rest. On January 20, 1993, at the age of 63, Hepburn died in her sleep.

Hepburn received many posthumous awards for her career in acting as well as for her humanitarian work. After her death, her sons Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti, and her companion until her death, Robert Wolders, established the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund to continue her humanitarian work for children in need.

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography.com, IMDB

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