KEEP­ING HER Legacy Alive

THE SCREEN ICON’S GRAND­DAUGH­TER EMMA HEP­BURN FER­RER TELLS CLOSER WHAT SHE LEARNED FROM AU­DREY’S GRACE­FUL EX­AM­PLE

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Emma Hep­burn Fer­rer was born the year after her beloved grand­mother Au­drey Hep­burn passed away from can­cer at age 63 in 1993. Yet Emma has fol­lowed in Au­drey’s foot­steps in more ways than one — as a model, ac­tress and, most im­por­tantly, phi­lan­thropist. “I’ve started to re­al­ize how mean­ing­ful it is to me,” Emma re­cently told Closer at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball. “I re­ally do want to be of the peo­ple.”

Au­drey served as a UNICEF am­bas­sador, and Emma has been spread­ing the char­ity’s mes­sage around the world. “I woke up to it when I started speak­ing at these events and galas,” says Emma. “It gives me a lot of hope.”

GRAND TRA­DI­TIONS

Emma’s fa­ther, Sean Fer­rer, has told her in­spir­ing sto­ries about her grand­mother. “He taught me from early on that she was not just this celebrity — she was su­per-self­less and gen­er­ous and went out of her way to make a kind ges­ture,” Emma, 24, says. “That’s some­thing in her life I try to keep alive.”

But Au­drey wasn’t some sanc­ti­mo­nious saint. “She was re­ally funny — every­one who knew her says she had a wicked sense of hu­mor,” Emma re­veals. “That’s not some­thing I nec­es­sar­ily would’ve ex­pected.”

Emma cher­ishes the me­men­tos she in­her­ited from Au­drey, in­clud­ing a gold heart neck­lace, turtle­necks and a teddy bear. “If she’s look­ing down, she’d be most proud of [my work with UNICEF],” says Emma. “We have all these celebri­ties as­so­ci­ated with causes now, but that wasn’t the case be­fore her.”

— Bruce Fretts, with re­port­ing by Lexi Cic­cone

Au­drey posed for this photo to pro­mote 1957’s Funny Face — Emma’s fa­vorite of her grand­mother’sfilms! Emma has mod­eled forHarper’s Bazaar and made her act­ing de­but last year in the film The Man in the At­tic.

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