Peering Beyond Breakfast at Tiffany’s: 23 Rare Photographs Unveiling Audrey Hepburn’s Timeless Charm

Actress Audrey Hepburn, star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, remains one of Hollywood’s greatest style icons and one of the world’s most successful actresses.You’ve seen Hepburn in classic films and famous portraits, but you’ve never seen her like this before.​1949: FUN IN THE SUNBefore her career skyrocketed, Hepburn lounged on the roof with other chorus girls from the show “Sauce Tartare” at London’s Cambridge Theatre.

 1955: MOTHER DEARESTEver wonder where Hepburn got her chic style? It was from her mother, Dutch Baroness Ella Van Heemstra. Here, the pair walk alongside one another in Rome.1950: TIP TOESA trained ballerina, Hepburn was well-versed in the art of dance. Here, she practices at the barre.

1950: SMILES AND SLEDDINGLeave it to this fun-loving lady to make even the coldest of days look like a grand ol’ time.

1953: A MOMENT’S PAUSEHepburn takes a minute to herself on the set of Sabrina, the film that eventually made her a massive star. She’s wearing a hat by Hubert de Givenchy, whose designs she would become famous for wearing.

1953: WELCOME BACKAfter filming Roman Holiday in New York City, Hepburn returned home to a big “welcome back” cake at the Claridge’s Hotel in London.

1955: WALK-IN WARDROBEOnly Hepburn could look this stunning while getting ready.

1955: IN THE WILDLooking ethereal and thoughtful in a stunning color photo, Hepburn writes a letter while sitting on a log.

1958: DEER YOUNaturally, Hepburn would be great with animals. Here, she poses holding a young deer.

1960: FIRST BABYMel Ferrer and Hepburn affectionately look at their son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, born in 1960.

1960: POODLE-DOOHow cute is Hepburn’s fluffy pet poodle? Here, she poses with the pup while on a film set. Don’t you wish you could bring your dog to work like this?

1960: COORDINATED COUPLEBoth Hepburn and her husband Mel Ferrer are looking great in checker-print pieces while posing with a bull.

1960: PUFFY BUDDYThat’s right, she even loved the fish! Well, this one’s not technically alive, but still, you can see the delight in her eyes.

1965: MAKEUP MAGICEveryone needs a touchup now and again, even Audrey Hepburn. Behind the scenes of How to Steal A Million, she sits in the makeup chair.

1965: DOVE WHISPERERHepburn barely looks bothered that this dove is perched right on her shoulder. Talk about a real-life Snow White!

1966: COOLING OFFOf course Hepburn looks fantastic even when drenched, swimming in the South of France while filming Two for the Road.

1966: FUNNY FACEBefore models made goofy facial expressions all over Instagram, Hepburn led the pack with her cute and funny faces, like this one on the set of How to Steal A Million in Paris.

1966: CRICKET BREAKWhile shooting Two for the Road, Hepburn took a quick break for some cricket. Now, if only we could keep our hair looking so nice while playing sports.

1968: UNDERCOVER STARLooking like an especially glamorous spy, Hepburn walks (holding an image of herself, no less) in New York wearing a camel-colored trench and cool shades.

1969: CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENTEven famous actresses need to take a breather sometimes. In this portrait, Hepburn has a moment to herself while wearing a chic hat and pretty pearl earrings.

1970: NEW LOVELooking every bit the cool couple, Hepburn walks alongside her husband, psychiatrist Andrea Dotti, in Rome.

1975: SHINING STARA big consistent in Hepburn’s career: The ability to dress perfectly for any occasion. She attended the 47th Academy Awards wearing a marvelous beaded and bow-tied design.

1975: PARTY ANIMALHepburn attended plenty of soirees in her life, including Art Buchwald’s party at The Bistro in Los Angeles, a snapshot of which is seen here.

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