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Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery

Audrey Hepburn – probably one of the most recognisable, iconic women of recent history. But how many people know the ‘true’ Audrey? Sure, we have seen her phicture on countless occasions but generally they are film stills from her repertoire which includes Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday and Funny Face. Now, London’s National Portrait Gallery hopes to change this, with its new exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon – which will showcase some of the most intimate prints and never before seen photographs of Audrey Hepburn, ranging from her film career to her philanthropy in later life.

The National Portrait Gallery was opened in 1896 and was the world’s first gallery dedicated to portraiture when it opened its doors. Showcasing some of the most famous people in British history, the National Portrait Gallery is now home to an exclusive collection of photographs of Audrey Hepburn from famous photographers including Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson.

The exhibition marks 65 years since the film star and fashion icon performed at the West End club Ciro’s, which turned out to be a life changing point in her career; the old site of Ciro’s is now the gallery’s public archive. The exhibition follows Audrey Hepburn’s rise to fame and focuses on her early years in Holland, through to her West End fame and eventually her super Hollywood stardom.

Follow the star’s life through a series of intimate, obscure and compelling photography, as well as some previously unseen photographs that have been loaned to the National Portrait Gallery by Hepburn’s close family.

The exhibition runs until 18 October 2015 and tickets can be bought from the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

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