She was arguably Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses who became big after working as a dancer and chorus girl right here in the West End where she was talent spotted for a string of successful movies. One of the original fashion icons, we can now look forward to an exhibition displaying some of her most famous portraits along with a mixture of rare and unseen photos which display Hepburn’s colourful off-screen life.
Early shots capture the stars difficult childhood in Belgium and Holland where she became a dedicated ballet dancer before moving to London for her first modelling assignment. From here we can explore some of the more iconic pictures such as the beautiful Breakfast at Tiffany’s Life magazine front cover piece, the red chiffon gown on the steps of the Louvre and riding a Vespa in Roman Holiday.
While Hepburn took up humanitarian work during the 1950s, she became fully dedicated to UNICEF in the 80s. In addition to the glitz and glamour associated with a Hollywood icons lifestyle, we can also expect to see a series of images documenting her work helping charity projects across some of the most world’s most disadvantaged countries.
This unmissable exhibition at the National portrait Gallery kicks off on July 2nd.