"If I were to write a book about myself", Audrey once told her son Sean, "it would start like this: I was born on May 4, 1929, and I died three weeks later". At twenty-one days of age, she contracted such a terrible case of whooping cough that her heart stopped. Ella, who was a rather strict Christian Scientist and had not called a doctor, revived her by spanking. "There was no giving up on this baby", said Sean. "I think that had an effect on her whole life, [as if she’d been given] a second chance".
(Source: missingaudrey, via inlovewithaudreyhepburn)