Sean Hepburn Ferrer Quotes.
My stepfather was a brilliant and funny psychiatrist but he was a hound dog. He just didn’t know how to be faithful.
Our mother believed in education above all.
You have to dream in a wholesome way, not just dream about yourself, but dream about what’s best for all.
You know, we weren’t a Hollywood family. I didn’t grow up in a home with screening rooms and my mother didn’t behave like a movie star.
In her heart my mother much preferred the intense few days of shelling, which brought freedom, to the languishing fear she felt every time she stood by waiting for the Nazi troops and later for the SS to march by, singing their songs of victory and supremacy.
My mother always told me, ‘I didn’t make a perfume or go sell toilet paper. I did something good with my name.’
My father was a difficult and demanding man.
It’s OK to choose your path, have a dream, not a fake one, and never let it get to your head then.
I’m always opening magazines and seeing pictures of her in advertisements. Or I’ll be in a hotel room in Tokyo and there she will be, on the television. Or I’ll be walking through an airport or driving along a freeway and there she will be on a billboard.
I believe my mother’s immune system was harmed because of all the vaccinations she needed to visit different countries, when her body was already weakened after an impoverished wartime childhood.
I don’t feel like so many other celebrities’ kids, who hate their parents for abandoning them.
We’re fortunate to have this extraordinary foundation of, I guess, not growing up in Hollywood and growing up in this farmhouse in Switzerland. She wanted a normal life for herself and for us. And it’s a valuable and beautiful memory that she left us.
She was humble and put herself down. She felt her feet were a little too big and she had a bump on her nose and a crooked tooth. But she didn’t get the tooth fixed. She didn’t get the nose broken and set straight. She worked with what she had.
She didn’t want the typical Hollywood lifestyle of juggling a career and leaving the kids at home with nannies, so she’d take me to buy socks and books and help me with my homework.
We learned to separate, and accept the fact that my mother is gone, yet there she is on TV, on a billboard, sooner or later in a conversation, in a magazine on a regular basis.
You know, we’re not a film buff family.
We all came from a culture of you got to keep moving, you got to keep doing.
I have a passion to make something that’s good, not merely OK.
This woman who was a style icon basically lived in a little cotton dress all her life – a simple life.
People say to me, ‘What do you think your mother would think about this new world with Instagram?’ And I pause and I just say, ‘Well, she really was the queen of Instagram because she was more photographed than anyone else.’
Her mother was a Christian Scientist who didn’t believe in calling doctors. So when my mother caught whooping cough as a baby, stopped breathing and turned blue, her mother revived her by spanking her on the bottom. She saw life itself as a gift and saw her own survival as precious and a matter of chance.
Soon we moved to Rome and I got a little bit of a sense I was different because the paparazzi would follow me when I went to buy books or socks. But my mother never behaved like a movie star.
I can see how movie stars lose touch with reality. I can understand that, because you’re told a million times a day in so many little gestures that you’re somehow special and unique.
Her secret to happiness was simple and unpretentious. She had a beautiful house, would pick fruit and make jams, run the dogs in the fields, have a whiskey at five o’clock and cook a great plate of pasta. It wasn’t complicated.
I’m often asked what it was like to have a famous mother. I always answer that I really don’t know. I knew her first as my mother, and then as my best friend. Only after that did I understand that she was an actress, and with time that she was truly an exceptional actress.
Because I fell in love with the idea of films early on, not because I was in the milieu, but moreso because of the potential of having a couple of hundred people in a dark room, looking at a screen.
We are brought together by the great feelings and it is the little stuff that breaks us apart.
But I believe that the huge advances now being made in genetic research will be the key to personalized medicine one day.
We tend to perceive Hollywood as an industry that is trying to mitigate risk more and more.
It wasn’t until I was 14 that I finally saw her films. We found an old 16-millimeter projector in the attic, put up a bedsheet – I ironed it myself – and watched reels that were given to her by Paramount.
Sometimes I will discover a whole shoot of my mother I have never seen before.
I remember being mesmerized by ‘Love in the Afternoon,’ with Gary Cooper.
I saw both sides, I saw normality in Switzerland as a kid and later on I saw the insanity of it all in Italy, which almost becomes hard to live with.
Not only did she represent inner and outer beauty and elegance, but all the work she did at the end of her life touched so many people. She created this extraordinary legacy.
English is my last language.
I didn’t end her career. She chose to have children, then to make the simple choice that everyone should make really. You can’t be a movie star and have children and not have one of the two suffer.
I believe that you can’t know courage without conquering fear, and you can’t really know joy without knowing sadness.
Once the war started, my grandfather went to England, where he was under house arrest on the Isle of Man, and then to Ireland, but not to Germany. In no way did he, or my grandmother for that matter, ever support either the war or the Holocaust.
She was a wonderful mother. She was my best friend. Same for my brother. And it’s funny because we didn’t grow up in Hollywood. You know, once she decided that she needed to be a mother, she really gave up her career.
She performed for the Dutch Resistance, not just to raise money but also to entertain people and to take their minds off the horrors they were living through. They would do plays and little musicals, trying to be discreet and not bring the attention of the soldiers.