On How To Be Lovely

Like many girls (and yes, many guys too) I am a big fan of Audrey Hepburn, looking up to her not only as one of the most beautiful and talented women to have graced the silver screen, but also as a beautifully wise human being, and excellent role model.

My favorite of her characters is Jo Stockton, the book-shop girl and amateur philosopher of  Funny Face, who suddenly finds herself smack in the middle of the fashion world.
You'd have that dreamy look too, if you'd just been kissed by Fred Astaire. *swoon*
One of the lovely Gershwin songs of this movie musical, a duet titled "On How To Be Lovely" in which fashion magazine editor Maggie (played by Kay Thompson, the author of the Eloise books!) is instructing the newly blossoming Jo on how to respond to reporters after the fashion show, echoes many of Audrey's own philosophies of how to be, essentially saying that a cheerful spirit is the best way to win people over.


Musing over this, I have to agree; there is nothing more becoming than a smile and a cheerful attitude. I find it easier to like and be likable with a sunny disposition, rather than a rain-cloud spirit, and its a philosophy that we could all stand to hold to more often.  In the words of the wonderful Roald Dahl:
 "If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Thank you for your wonderful influence, Audrey, and Happy Birthday!
~S




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