Thursday, December 11, 2014

Beautiful Photos of Everyday Life of a Hollywood Icon – Audrey Hepburn from 1953-1966

Bob Willoughby (1927 – 2009) was an American photographer. Popular Photography called him "The man who virtually invented the photojournalistic motion picture still." In his distinguished career as a Hollywood studio photographer, Willoughby took iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda, but remains unequivocal about his favorite subject: Audrey Hepburn. Willoughby was called in to shoot the new starlet one morning shortly after she arrived in Hollywood in 1953. It was a humdrum commission for the portraitist often credited with having perfected the photojournalistic movie still, but when he met the Belgian-born beauty, Willoughby was enraptured. "She took my hand like...well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men's hearts," he recalls.

As Hepburn's career soared following her Oscar-winning US debut in Roman Holiday, Willoughby became a trusted friend, framing her working and home life. His historic, perfectionist, tender photographs seek out the many facets of Hepburn's beauty and elegance, as she progresses from her debut to her iconic role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's—in which she wears the original "little black dress" by Hubert de Givenchy—and her career high of My Fair Lady in 1963. Willoughby's studies, showing her on set, preparing for a scene, interacting with actors and directors, and returning to her private life, comprise one of photography's great platonic love affairs and an unrivalled record of one of the 20th century's touchstone beauties.

Sean, Audrey's son by Mel Ferrer, plays with his mother while actor James Garner beams.

The actress at the villa the Ferrers rented while shooting Paris When It Sizzles.

Hepburn takes her pet fawn Pippa or 'Ip' shopping in Gelson's supermarket, in Beverly Hills

Hepburn wore a striking red leotard to do some exercising and stretching in the garden.

In one particularly striking photo, Audrey Hepburn is seen looking downcast with her Green Mansions co-star Anthony Perkins, who is seemingly attempting to cheer her up

Audrey Hepburn pictured with Bob Willoughby, who passed away in 2009.

Willoughby said of meeting the star (pictured in 1953) for the first time: 'She took my hand like... well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men's hearts'.

Audrey Hepburn grins as she greets the international press, who were invited to attend the first day of shooting of My Fair Lady.

The star wears striking earrings during a photo session at Paramount Studios in 1953.

Here she chats with director George Kukor on the set of My Fair Lady while Assam, her Yorkshire terrier, sits in the basket of the bike she used to cycle around the studio grounds

The actress pictured in a still from one of her most famous films, My Fair Lady.

She wears a dress designed for her by Givenchy while reclining on a bed in Paris When It Sizzles.

Hepburn pictured flaunting her famous doe eyes in a still from Paris When It Sizzles.

Willoughby, who shot many stars in his career including Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood, was known to consider Hepburn (pictured in 1953) his favorite.

The star climbs into the Paramount Studios car waiting to return her to the hotel after a photo session with photographer Bud Fraker

Willoughby is pictured examining a still of Audrey Hepburn.

(Photos © Bob Willoughby / TASCHEN, via Daily Mail Online)

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