I think I may have mentioned lately that I MIGHT be aging. So sad. But here’s something that may actually be sadder. My Hollywood heroes are aging, too. Who would have thought THAT would happen? Robert Redford for instance. Do you remember him back in the day? He was the epitome of pretty. And now what has he got? Just a few million (billion?) dollars in the bank, a platform for launching new artists, and the ability to make a difference by being on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
His former friend and mentor, Paul Newman, looked like this (yikes) is now deceased and has raised over $100 million dollars for charity. He is quoted as having said that he was a little embarrassed to learn that his salad dressing was earning more than his movies. So…apparently he also had a sense of humor.
Audrey Hepburn. I always thought she was the cutest thing ever born. Her movie, Charade, with Cary Grant, is still one of my all time favorites. But did you know that she was born in Belgium and, according to the New York Times, helped the resistance (after the Nazis invaded) by delivering messages? Later in life, she made over 50 trips around the world as a diplomat for UNICEF and child humanitarianism.
George Clooney-okay, I’m not actually sure he’s aging. But besides looking like a wet dream in a suit, he seems deeply committed to improving conditions in Darfur as well as several other humanitarian efforts. Favorite movies: Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Out of Sight with Jennifer Lopez
So what do you think? Is it enough to be pretty and talented or should our Hollywood idols be expected to make a difference in the world, too? And if we have such expectations for THEM, what should we require of ourselves? (And a new concern: Why are there so few women on my heroes list?) Any thoughts?