Long before paparazzi trolled Hollywood in tinted-windowed SUVs, photographers and movie stars shared a more cordial relationship. In 1953, photographer Bob Willoughby landed the plum assignment of shooting Audrey Hepburn for Paramount Studios, just before her turn in "Roman Holiday" made her a major star. A spate of assignments linking the two ensued, and gradually the actress and the lens man cultivated a relationship beyond soundstage walls.
The unguarded images that resulted from their friendship are the subject of Life magazine's latest installment in its Great Photographers series. "Remembering Audrey," which is essentially a magazine with a thick cover, offers a candid glimpse into the life of one of America's most revered style icons, whose famously gamin look remains a touchstone in the fashion and beauty industries to this day. Many of the book's photographs have never been published or had only been published outside the U.S. Not every shot feels particularly special, but Willoughby captured tense-looking moments in her happy-then-stormy marriage to director Mel Ferrer, her elation over the birth of her first son, Sean, and her affinity for animals (her Yorkshire terrier, Mr. Famous, is at her side in most of the private photos).
For "My Fair Lady" fans, there's a series of previously unpublished photos taken on the set, showing a pensive Hepburn being directed by taskmaster director George Cukor, and the smiling actress getting dirty in the makeup chair to play the ragamuffin role of Eliza Doolittle.