Funny face: Audrey Hepburn exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery

Funny face: Audrey Hepburn exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery

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Text: Yeong Sassall

One of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses is to get her own exhibition

Those lucky enough to be travelling to London over the next few months will be in for a treat, should they swing past the National Portrait Gallery between July 2 and October 18. A comprehensive and incredibly beautiful exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of one of the world's most loved actresse, entitled Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon, is about to take centre stage at the prestigious venue.

Tracing her career from time spent in the Dutch Ballet and performing as a London chorus girl, to her philanthropic efforts as a UNICEF ambassador and, of course, her most legendary film roles, the exhibition will feature 75 pieces, including magazine articles, posters and some very special images from her family's collection.  This includes iconic and also never-before-seen photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson.

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Having worked alongside Hepburn's sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, for half a decade on this exhibition, the gallery's senior special advisor, Terrence Pepper and associate curator of photographs, Helen Trompeteler, said their aim was to create harmonious, yet new, experience for the actress's fans. "Looking at the vast number of books already published on Hepburn, we had to strike a balance between including images people expected, as well as seeking out equally interesting, but previously overlooked, items of similar quality and merit," Pepper told WWD

"Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon" runs July 2 - October 13 at London's National Portrait Gallery

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