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May 29, 2016

Intimate Pictures of a Young Starlet Audrey Hepburn at Home in Beverly Hills, 1953

Audrey Hepburn had only had one major film role—in 1953’s Roman Holiday—when photographer Mark Shaw spent a day with the star. She was a 24-year-old waif who had made a good impression in Hollywood and on the stage but had yet to solidify her fame.

As for the question of whether Hepburn would be more than a one-hit wonder, the years have provided an unassailable answer. In the decades that followed the release of Sabrina, Hepburn become one of the 20th century’s most iconic stars, and it was just as photographer Shaw predicted.

These intimate photographs below, which were taken by Shaw provide some hint of what made Hepburn different: rather than trailing her at parties or even in front of the camera, the photographer focused on her workaday life. She got up early for work, went to the studio, got ready to film Sabrina, practiced ballet and got ready for another day of work.

(Photos © Mark Shaw)


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