Ladies of Prestige

When I made the decision to dedicate this page to a woman of prestige there were so many wonderful choices. I have decided it is impossible to make that selection. Therefore, I will be adding images of women I greatly admire and have set a standard for women everywhere.

Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady Picture
Audrey Hepburn
1929 - 1993

Beauty From Within

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.

We leave you a tradition with a future.

The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.

People, even more than things, have to be restored,
renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed.

Never throw anybody out.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

Your 'good-ole-days' are ahead of you
May you have many of them.

Sam Levenson

The quality of Audrey Hepburns' work throughout her film career is outstanding. She worked with tireless dedication as a special ambassador with the United Nations Children's Fund. Audrey Hepburn is admired worldwide.

Born Edda Kathleen van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium to an English banker and a Dutch baroness, Hepburn appeared in a handful of British pictures before starring in Gigi (1951). The young actress immediately gained prominence with the leading role in Roman Holiday (1953) which was followed by similarly enchanting performances in Funny Face (1957) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Although she sang "S'Wonderful" in Funny Face (1957) and "Moon River" on the soundtrack of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), she was dubbed by Marni Nixon in My Fair Lady (1964).

Audrey Hepburn was one of the best dressed women in Hollywood, and was named to the International Best Dressed List in 1958. Whether in a Givenchy gown, wearing big sunglasses, or in her ballet slippers, she was the quintessence of style. It was not only the clothes she wore that defined Audrey Hepburn, but also her personal charm. Hepburn was able to establish an unconventional refineness amidst all the blonde bombshells of the 50's. With her slender boyish body, long swan neck, and pixie haircut, she was indeed atypical; she was the carefree gamine.

Hepburn had an extremely impressive string of fine films and roles through the late 1950s, including Billy Wilder's romantic comedies Love in the Afternoon (1957) and Sabrina opposite Humphrey Bogart (1954) and the absorbing drama, The Nun's Story (1959). The 1960's proved a thinner period, but she enjoyed notable success opposite Cary Grant in the romantic mystery Charade (1963). She had less success in the title role in My Fair Lady (1964). She rebounded as the blind heroine of the suspenseful thriller Wait Until Dark (1967), which netted Hepburn her fifth and final Oscar nomination.

After a nine year absence from the screen Hepburn turned in a luminous "middle-aged" performance in Robin and Marian (1976) opposite Sean Connery. Hepburn continued to make occasional feature film performances such as in Steven Speilberg's Always (1989).

Beginning in 1988 Audrey Hepburn served as a special ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund. Her untiring work in this capacity, much of it in the field, had begun earning her worldwide admiration anew when she succumbed to colon cancer on January 20, 1993 at the age of 63 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland. Audrey Hepburn was awarded the Jean Hersholt Award for humanitarian work posthumously by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

Audrey Hepburn in Black and White Photo

The Official Audrey Hepburn Web Site

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Princess Diana
1961 - 1997

"Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts.
You were the grace that placed itself where lives were torn apart.
You called out to our country, and you whispered to those in pain.
Now you belong to heaven, and the stars spell out your name.
And it seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind:
never fading with the sunset when the rain set in.
And your footsteps will always fall here, along England's greenest hills;
your candle's burned out long before your legend ever will.
Loveliness we've lost; these empty days without your smile.
This torch we'll always carry for our nation's golden child.
And even though we try, the truth brings us to tears;
all our words cannot express the joy you brought us through the years.
Goodbye England's rose, from a country lost without your soul,
who'll miss the wings of your compassion more than you'll ever know."
1997 Elton John

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Mother Theresa
Mother Teresa
1910 - 1997

We can cure physical diseases with medicine,
but the only cure for lonliness, dispair and helplessness is love.
There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread,
but there are many more dying for a little love.
Mother Teresa

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We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
Mother Teresa

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Blessings From Mother Teresa
All quotes are attributed to Mother Teresa.
May her infinite love and wisdom always live on in our hearts.

Peace begins with a smile.

Do not think that love, in order to be
genuine, has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.

It is not the magnitude of our actions
but the amount of love that is put into
them that matters.

We ourselves feel that what we are
doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because
of that missing drop.

Every time you smile at someone,
it is an action of love,
a gift to that person,
a beautiful thing.

If you judge people,
you have no time to love them.

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.

Let no one come to you
without leaving better and happier.

If you want a love message to be heard,
it has got to be sent out.
To keep a lamp burning,
we have to keep putting oil in it.

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The following is to be found on the wall of Shishu Bhavan,
the children's home run by Mothera Theresa's Missionaries in Calcutta, India.


People are unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered.

If you do good, peope will accuse
you of selfish, ulterior motives.

If you are successful, you will win
false friends and true enemies.

The good you do will be
forgotten tomorrow.

Honesty and frankness
make you vulnerable.

What you spent years building
may be destroyed.

People really need help but may
attack you if you help them.

Give the world the best you've got
and you'll get kicked in the teeth.

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Shirley Chisholm
1925 - 2005

Shirley Chisholm ImageShirley Chisholm was a lady I have always admired and respected. She left her unique mark on this country as a caring individual who was not afraid to accept challenges and be the voice for the less fortunate. She was an advocate for all people.

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Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and an outspoken advocate for women and minorities during seven terms in the House, died January 1, 2005. She was 80.

Chisholm, who was raised in a predominantly black New York City neighborhood and was elected to the U.S. House in 1968, was a riviting speaker who often criticized Congress as being too clubby and unresponsive.

"My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn't always discuss for reasons of political expediency," she told voters.

She went to Congress the same year Richard Nixon was elected to the White House and served until two years into the Ronald Reagan tenure as president.

Newly elected, she was assigned to the House Agriculture Committee, which she felt was irrelevant to her urban constituency. In an unheard of move, she demanded reassignment and got switched to the Veterans Affairs Committee.

Not long afterward, she voted for Hale Boggs over John Conyers for majority leader. Boggs rewarded her with a place on the prized Education and Labor Committee and she was its third ranking member when she left.

Shirley Chisholm in 1972She ran for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972. When rival candidate and ideological opposite George Wallace was shot, she visited him in the hospital - an act that appalled her followers.

She was married twice. Her 1949 marriage to Conrad Chisholm ended in divorce in February, 1977. Later that year she married Arthur Hardwick, Jr. She had no children.

Once discussing what her legacy might be, she commented, "I'd like them to say that Shirley Chisholm had guts. That's how I'd like to be remembered."

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Barbara Jordan
1936 - 1996

Barbara Jordan imageBarbara Jordan, the first black representative from Texas was born in Houston on February 21, 1936. She was educated in the public schools of Houston and graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School in 1952. After receiving a B.A. in political science and history from Texas Southern University in 1956 she went to attend law school. In 1959, she was admitted to the Massachusetts and Texas bars and commenced practice in Houston in 1960. She was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as state representative in 1962 and 1964. During 1964 and 1965 she served as administrative assistant to Harris County Judge Bill Elliott and as project coordinator of a non-profit corporation to help the unemployed. In 1966 she became the first black person since 1883 to serve in the Texas Senate and was elected in 1968.

In 1972 Jordan defeated Republican Paul Merritt to represent Texas' Eighteenth District in the House of Representatives. She was a member of the Judiciary committee in the Ninety-third Congress and also joined the Committee on Government Operations during the Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congress.

Shortly after the Ninety-third Congress convened in 1973, it entered a struggle with the Nixon administration over budgetary reform, the troubled economy, Indochina and other issues. Jordan and other freshman representatives met with Speaker Carl Albert and arranged a meeting on the House floor in April to provide newly elected Democrats an opportunity to express their frustration with the difficult relations between Congress and the Executive Branch. Jordan herself praised the House's capacity for self-reform. During the same Congress she attached civil rights amendments to legislation authorizing cities to receive direct Law Enforcement Assistance Administration grants, rather than apply to state governments for the money. Jordan questioned the civil rights record of House Republican leader Gerald Ford when he was nominated for vice president, and joined seven other Judiciary Committee members in voting against his confirmation. During the Judiciary Committee's hearings on the possible impeachment of President Nixon in the summer of 1974, Jordan won national acclaim for her eloquent reaffirmation of faith in the Constitution while voting for all five articles of impeachment.

In June 1975 the House voted to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for ten years. Jordan sponsored legislation extending the Act to include Spanish-heritage, American Indian, Alaskan Natives and Asian American language minorities, while opposing amendments that would have permitted states and localities covered or partially covered by the Act to apply for exemption. She secured passage of the Consumer Goods Pricing Act of 1975, her bill repealing anti-trust exemptions that kept consumer prices artificially high. Jordan also favored a $25 billion extension of the general federal revenue sharing program and worked to toughen its anti-discrimination provisions. In July 1976, she became the first black and the first woman to deliver a key note address to the Democratic National Convention. The following year she co-sponsored legislation to extend the state ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights Amendment from 1979 to 1986.

In December 1977, Jordan announced that she would not be a candidate for reelection the following year. In 1979 she became a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. In August 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded Ms. Jordan the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Sadly, On January 17, 1996, in Austin, Texas, Ms. Jordan gently passed away.

Reference: Black Americans in Congress 1870-1989

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