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Lia Chang: Charmed by Audrey: Life on the set of Sabrina

A new book featuring photos of Audrey Hepburn by Mark Shaw

A new book featuring photos of Audrey Hepburn by Mark Shaw.

If you are an Audrey Hepburn fan like I am, you will love Charmed by Audrey:  Life on the set of Sabrina, a divine coffee table photography book by Juliet Cuming Shaw, filled with photographs by Cuming’s father-in-law, famed fashion and celebrity photographer Mark Shaw.

In 1953, Shaw, who shot for Life magazine, had an all-access pass to photographing Audrey on the Paramount set of Bill Wilder’s Sabrina, one of my favorite films.  Shooting over 60 rolls of film on and around the set during the weeks he spent with the star, he created an amazing array of photos that captured the budding ingénue’s charm and grace. The images chronicled Hepburn waking up at home, having her hair washed at the beauty parlor, reading, relaxing, studying the script, chatting with her costars and director Billy Wilder, and acting in one of her most famous roles.

Audrey Hepburn at home. An out take from photos shot for the cover of the December 7, 1953 issue of Life.  Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn at home. An out take from photos shot for the cover of the December 7, 1953 issue of Life. Photo by Mark Shaw

Though the handful of photographs published in Life for the Sabrina article have become iconic images of Hepburn, the majority of the negatives were misplaced and never published. Rediscovered 50 years later, these candid and intimate photographs offer a stunning visual biography of Hepburn’s youth and rising star.

Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn is shampooed on the set of Sabrina. Aged 24, Audrey was already poised to become a huge star.  Photo by Mark Shaw

Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn is shampooed on the set of Sabrina. Aged 24, Audrey was already poised to become a huge star. Photo by Mark Shaw

Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn, under the hair dryer, smokes a cigarette.  While working on the film Sabrina, Audrey was shampooed every night and often conducted business with her agents while under the dryer. Photo by Mark Shaw

Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn, under the hair dryer, smokes a cigarette. While working on the film Sabrina, Audrey was shampooed every night and often conducted business with her agents while under the dryer. Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn regularly bicycled from the movie studio's make up department to the set. In the early days of her movie career, bicycles were a common mode of transportation to and from the set. Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn regularly bicycled from the movie studio’s make up department to the set. In the early days of her movie career, bicycles were a common mode of transportation to and from the set. Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn and makeup artist Wally Westmore on the set of Paramount's Sabrina Fair in 1953.  Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn and makeup artist Wally Westmore on the set of Paramount’s Sabrina Fair in 1953. Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn photographed for Mademoiselle in 1954 in her dressing room backstage at Ondine. (Photo by Mark Shaw)

Audrey Hepburn photographed for Mademoiselle in 1954 in her dressing room backstage at Ondine. (Photo by Mark Shaw)

Audrey Hepburn at home. An out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19,1954 international issue of Life magazine. Photo by Mark Shaw

Audrey Hepburn at home. An out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19,1954 international issue of Life magazine. Photo by Mark Shaw

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other articles by Lia Chang
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London, July 2 – October 18, 2015
Photos: Anna May Wong as Fashion Muse in “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met
Photos: Inside “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met with Wong Kar-Wai, Vivienne Tam, Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour and More
Photos and Video: BD Wong at premiere of JURASSIC WORLD at the Dolby Theatre
Photos: The 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Launch Party at The Korea Society; TWO FACES is this year’s theme 
AAFLTV “Focus on the Philippines” Monday nights in June, hosted by Jennifer Betit Yen, Erin Quill and Lia Chang
The King and I wins 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Kelli O’Hara (Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Ruthie Ann Miles (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Catherine Zuber (Best Costume Design)
The King and I’s Ruthie Ann Miles Wins #TonyAwards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Photos: 2015 Tony Award Winners and Performances
Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s Commencement Speech at SUNY Purchase
Dr. Leroy Chiao honored with 2015 Blue Cloud Award at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala
Photos: Dr. Leroy Chiao, The Hon. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Shirley and Walter Wang Honored at China Institute’s Blue Cloud Gala 
Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Photos: Garth Kravits as a Statue of Liberty Street Performer on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie
Photos: Edie Falco, Bryce Pinkham, Stephanie McKay, Lena Hall, Nick Blaemire, Jacob Ming-Trent, Matthew Saldívar at The 52nd Street Project’s Gala FANCY THAT
Original Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE including Jose Llana, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg, to Reunite for 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert on July 6
ABC Renews “Fresh Off the Boat” and Picks up Ken Jeong’s “Dr. Ken”
An Intimate Evening with Author Amy Tan at the New-York Historical Society 
World Premiere Musical HAMILTON Transfers to Broadway; Previews begin July 13
Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura, Greg Watanabe and More Join George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung in Broadway’s ALLEGIANCE; Full Cast Announced
Crafting a Career

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