"Why, she was pressed, does she think she provoked such strong feelings of empathy from her audiences? After all, she was not a sex symbol (‘I sure wasn’t’), so what was it - her beauty, her vulnerability, her sense of humor, her sensitivity? - that gave her that special aura?
'It's impossible for me to know,' [Audrey Hepburn] said with hesitation, 'but if you asked me what I would like it to be, though it may sound presumptuous to say so, it's an experience I've had with other performers who somehow make you open up to them. For me, it always has to do with some kind of affection, love, a warmth.'
'I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it,' she went on. 'That's what I'd like to think maybe has been the appeal. People have recognized something in me they have themselves — the need to receive affection and the need to give it. Does that sound soppy?'”
-excerpted from New York Times interview, April 1991