Audrey Hepburn , 1960

Black and white photo of Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sothebys London / Collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Beaton photographed Hepburn in January of the first year of the 1960s. Hepburn, who had gained popularity in America with her Oscar winning performance in 'Roman Holiday' (1953), was described by Beaton then as a 'new type of star'

Hepburn's appearance as Holly Golightly in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) followed a year after this photograph was taken. In 1963 Beaton would spend ten months in Hollywood on the film production of 'My Fair Lady' (1964) photographing Audrey Hepburn in the many costumes that he had created for the film.