Audrey Hepburn (“Gigi”)

George Karger, [Audrey Hepburn], 4×5 negatives, ca. 1951

Audrey Hepburn was born 90 years ago today. To commemorate this day we present “never seen before” portraits of Audrey Hepburn. The photographer George Karger (1902-1973) made about seventeen photos of Audrey Hepburn, presumably in 1951, when Hepburn was 22 years old and starring in the play Gigi.

Colette, 78 years old and the author of the novella Gigi (1944), was “being wheeled though the hall of the Hôtel de Paris in Monte Carlo one day last summer, when her eye was caught[…]” by Audrey Hepburn. (Life, December 10, 1951, pp. 102-107). Colette chose Hepburn to play the title role in the English version, written by Anita Loos, of the play Gigi. The premiere performance was on November 21, 1951 at the Fulton Theatre, 210 West 46th Street, (the theatre opened in 1911 and was demolished in 1982.) This was Hepburn’s theatrical debut in the United States.

George Karger, [Audrey Hepburn], 4×5 negatives, ca. 1951

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1 Response to Audrey Hepburn (“Gigi”)

  1. rareaudrey says:

    These photos are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing these rare treasures. They’re from 1953 during the filming of Sabrina.

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