Emma Hepburn Ferrer is determined to keep the legacy of her grandmother, Audrey Hepburn, alive.
Closer Weekly recently reported the 24-year-old, who was born in Switzerland a year after the Hollywood icon passed away in 1993, is following in her footsteps with philanthropy work.
“I’ve started to realize how meaningful it is to me,” Ferrer said in the magazine’s latest issue. “I really do want to be of the people.”
Before her death at age 63, Hepburn served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) and traveled extensively to Africa and Latin America. She visited Ethiopia during its historic drought to raise awareness on the plight of starving children and it was shortly after her trip to Somalia that she was diagnosed with cancer.
During her final years, Hepburn focused more on raising money for UNICEF and less on acting. Her last screen role was in 1989’s “Always,” a Steven Spielberg film where she made a cameo as an angel.
Ferrer said her father, Sean Ferrer, always told her stories about the grandmother she never met.
“He taught me from early on that she was not just this celebrity — she was super self-less and generous and went out of her way to make a kind gesture,” she said. “That’s something in her life I try to keep alive.”
And Ferrer has learned plenty of secrets about the glamorous screen siren who captivated audiences on the big screen during the ‘50s and ‘60s.
“She was really funny — everyone who knew her says she had a wicked sense of humor,” said Ferrer. “That’s not something I necessarily would’ve expected.”
And Ferrer always has Hepburn in mind. In fact, Closer Weekly shared she cherishes the mementos she inherited from Hepburn, including a gold heart necklace, her signature turtlenecks and a teddy bear.