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c. 1950

Audrey Hepburn and springtime in a London park. Need we say more?

She was still an unknown chorus girl, posing for the papers

A still unknown Audrey Hepburn, even then a fair lady.

The article, “We Take a Girl to Look for Spring“, published in London’s Picture Post, featured photographs of a young chorus girl. The girl was unknown—and her name was Audrey Hepburn.

At that time, Hepburn was simply one more face in the chorus of London’s West End musical revues, specifically Sauce Piquante.

But it was the face that photographer Bert Hardy picked to model for the article, shot in and around London’s Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. Audrey is shown sitting in the outdoor café, posing in the topiary, and exercising a dog (her own).

But calling Audrey Hepburn a “face” is hugely reductive. She was fluent in five languages and it’s long been rumored she was a messenger for the Resistance during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. She would go on to become not only a gifted ballerina, but a cinematic superstar.

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Yet here, before the beginning of her film career, she was simply a model for a set of pictures ushering in the spring.

1950
Hepburn exercising her dog in Richmond Park.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Throwing a ball for a dog.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Playing with a dog.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
In Kew Gardens.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
In Kew Gardens.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Strolling through Kew Gardens.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Leaning on an ornate urn.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Among spring blossoms.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
In Richmond Park.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
In Kew Gardens.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
In Kew Gardens.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
1950
Relaxing in Richmond Park.
Bert Hardy / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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