Today I will be discussing Audrey Hepburn’s Diet. Audrey Hepburn is an icon. She was a gifted oscar-winning actress and philanthropist. She also inspired women with her signature and timeless style. She was also famous for her notoriously thin figure, which had been the subject of eating disorder accusations over the years. But as People reports in this week’s cover story, these rumors were never true. Hepburn was never even partial to dieting. “She loved Italian food and pasta. She ate a lot of grains, not a lot of meat, and a little bit of everything,” her son Luca Dotti said. Hepburn’s longtime partner Robert Wolders noted that although the actress did not diet, the two enjoyed taking long walks together and often outwalk him. “She had a healthy metabolism, but she was not excessive,” said Wolders, who began a relationship with Hepburn in 1980 that lasted until she died in 1993.
Hepburn’s diet was healthy and straightforward. For breakfast, she and Wolders often had brown bread with jam; for lunch, lean meat or pasta with produce fresh from their garden; and for dinner, they had chicken soup with veggies. That’s not to say Hepburn didn’t indulge—her partner recalls, “she had chocolate after dinner, baking chocolate [and] she had a finger or two of Scotch at night.” Plus, Hepburn was a fan of carbohydrates. “She was crazy about the pasta,” younger son Dotti recalls in a previous People interview. In his book, Audrey at Home, Dotti wrote, “Mum had a serious pasta addiction. She couldn’t do without pasta.”Her signature dish was spaghetti al Pomodoro, which she cooked at home practically every week. “Her absolute favorite was spaghetti with tomato sauce. She could live on that alone,” Dotti said. Although she had instructions for “impressive and ambitious dishes … these never made their way to our dining table. In the kitchen, as in life,” writes Dotti in the book’s introduction, “my mother gradually freed herself from everything superfluous to keep only what truly mattered to her.”
This included good, fresh food, and what Hepburn liked to cook and eat was a reflection of her experiences, preferences, and life. She embraced her role as a housewife, a mother, a wife, once saying, “It’s sad if people think that’s a dull existence, but you can’t just buy an apartment and furnish it and walk away. It’s the flowers you choose, the music you play, the smile you have waiting for. I want it to be gay and cheerful, a haven in this troubled world.”