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1950 Hep­burn, shot by An­gus McBean Hep­burn as Holly Go­lightly in by How­ell Co­nant, on the cover of be­lieve in pink. I be­lieve that laugh­ing is the best calo­rie burner. I be­lieve in kiss­ing, kiss­ing a lot. I be­lieve in be­ing strong when ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing wrong. I be­lieve that happy girls are the pret­ti­est girls. I be­lieve that to­mor­row is another day and I be­lieve in mir­a­cles,” said Os­car-win­ning ac­tress, Au­drey Hep­burn.

Hav­ing acted in only 27 fea­ture films, the leg­endary Hep­burn cast a spell on Hol­ly­wood: Who could for­get that scene in Break­fast At Tif­fany’s, sit­ting on a win­dowsill by the fire es­cape, singing “Moon River”? How she daz­zled with cap­ti­vat­ing dance moves along­side Fred As­taire in Funny Face, and broke hearts in Ro­man Hol­i­day as she chose duty over love next to Gre­gory Peck.

Her star qual­ity soared be­yond cin­ema lights; Hep­burn was one of the first Unicef am­bas­sadors and utilised her fame to draw at­ten­tion to the starv­ing, famine-stricken chil­dren of Africa. She her­self worked tire­lessly to help them in ev­ery way she could un­til she suc­cumbed to can­cer in 1993.

With her awe-in­spir­ing achieve­ments in mind, the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery cel­e­brates her mar­vel­lous life in a new ex­hi­bi­tion. ‘Au­drey Hep­burn: Por­traits of an Icon’ co­in­cides with the 65th an­niver­sary of Hep­burn’s ca­reer-chang­ing per­for­mance at West End night club Ciro’s, the very spot cur­rently oc­cu­pied by the gallery’s archive. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case rarely seen snap­shots by fa­mous pho­tog­ra­phers, in­clud­ing Nor­man Parkin­son, Richard Ave­don, and An­gus McBean along­side trea­sured im­ages from the Hep­burn fam­ily. ‘Au­drey Hep­burn: Por­traits of an Icon’ is at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery from July 2 un­til Oc­to­ber 18. www.npg.org.uk

1952, Er­win Blu­men­feld 1954 An ar­rest­ing im­age by Ce­cil Beaton

1954

Au­drey Hep­burn,

Break­fast at Tif­fany’s

Jours de France

A por­trait by Bud Fraker, for

Sab­rina, Para­mount

Pic­tures

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