Rare Audrey Hepburn is a tumblr blog featuring rare and popular photographs of the 'S wonderful Audrey Hepburn. I do not own any of these pictures; I do my best to credit the photographers of each picture as well as providing the date the picture was taken. I encourage all to message me if you have additional information on the photographs posted. Every picture posted is a great find I've stumbled upon during my Audrey Hepburn pictorial hunt. Also, follow me at My Humble Fash and Sandra Deevoted.

exquisite--escapism asked: This blog is as fabulous as Audrey herself :) Anyway I was wondering, do you know if Audrey was religious? Or anything she ever said about religion or God? Xxxxxx

Thank you! That is wildly flattering.  Audrey’s mother was a Christian Scientist (but I’m not entirely sure if Audrey was raised as one); however, Audrey herself was not religious.  She was quoted saying: 

[I have] enormous faith, but it’s not attached to any one particular religion…. My mother was one thing, my father another. In Holland they were all Calvinists. That has no importance at all to me." -Audrey Hepburn

Young Wives’ Tale (Part 1-6) - 1951 - Audrey Hepburn, Joan Greenwood, Nigel Patrick…

Promotional photographs of Audrey Hepburn for the film Young Wives’ Tale, 1951.

passionate-pisces asked: I'm a big Audrey Hepburn fan and I have to say your blog is phenomenal! so many great pics and so informative :)

Thank you, dear!  That is a tremendous compliment and I’m terribly grateful. Xo

Audrey Hepburn & Mel Ferrer celebrate Edith Head’s 59th birthday, October 28, 1956.

Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head, 1953.

"Audrey arrived at Edith’s hotel room wearing a dark suit with white collar and cuffs, a sprig of white lily-of-the-valley in her buttonhole and white gloves.  ’This was a girl way ahead of high fashion,’ according to Edith.  ’She deliberately looked different from other women and dramatized her own slenderness into her chief asset… But what impressed me most was her body.  I knew she would be the perfect mannequin for anything I would make.  I knew it would be a great temptation to design clothes that would overpower her.  I could have used her to show off my talents and detract from hers, but I didn’t.  I considered doing it, believe me.’ That she did not was a testimony to Edith Head’s cool professionalism - and Audrey’s polite but firm insistence on her own ideas."  (From the book Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto.)

Edith Head, American costume designer, first worked with Audrey on the movie Roman Holiday.  Both Edith and Audrey won Oscars for the movie Roman Holiday, Edith for Best Costume Design and Audrey for Best Actress in a leading role.

Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head, 1953.

"Audrey arrived at Edith’s hotel room wearing a dark suit with white collar and cuffs, a sprig of white lily-of-the-valley in her buttonhole and white gloves.  ’This was a girl way ahead of high fashion,’ according to Edith.  ’She deliberately looked different from other women and dramatized her own slenderness into her chief asset… But what impressed me most was her body.  I knew she would be the perfect mannequin for anything I would make.  I knew it would be a great temptation to design clothes that would overpower her.  I could have used her to show off my talents and detract from hers, but I didn’t.  I considered doing it, believe me.’ That she did not was a testimony to Edith Head’s cool professionalism - and Audrey’s polite but firm insistence on her own ideas."  (From the book Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto.)

Edith Head, American costume designer, first worked with Audrey on the movie Roman Holiday.  Both Edith and Audrey won Oscars for the movie Roman Holiday, Edith for Best Costume Design and Audrey for Best Actress in a leading role.

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A very happy Audrey Hepburn poses with her Oscar after winning Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Roman Holiday, New York, March 25, 1954.

"I received this extraordinary Oscar so early that I really didn’t know what hit me.  I know more about the Oscar today and appreciate it more than that day.  I knew I won a prize and that it was a movie prize." - Audrey Hepburn during an interview with Larry King, October 21, 1991

A very happy Audrey Hepburn poses with her Oscar after winning Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Roman Holiday, New York, March 25, 1954.

"I received this extraordinary Oscar so early that I really didn’t know what hit me.  I know more about the Oscar today and appreciate it more than that day.  I knew I won a prize and that it was a movie prize." - Audrey Hepburn during an interview with Larry King, October 21, 1991

Audrey Hepburn backstage at the 26th Academy Awards in New York on March 25, 1954.  She won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Roman Holiday.

Audrey Hepburn backstage at the 26th Academy Awards in New York on March 25, 1954.  She won for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Roman Holiday.

A very nervous Audrey Hepburn photographed moments before winning her first Oscar for her performance in Roman HolidayThe 26th Annual Academy awards were held in New York (were Audrey accepted her award) and Los Angeles on March 25, 1954.

Audrey Hepburn surrounded by photographers after winning her first Oscar for her portrayal of the runaway princess in Roman Holiday.  The 26th Annual Academy awards were held in New York (were Audrey accepted her award) and Los Angeles on March 25, 1954.

gabbythegoon asked: Thanks so much for the pics! Can't wait to see what you'll post next. ☺️

The pleasure is all mine.  I’ll try to put together some Oscar posts right now. :)

pretty-by-nature asked: Hi, I'm doing a speech about Audrey but I need book(s) to list as a source and for facts. Which book(s) do you recommend?

My recommendations would be dependent on what type of speech you’re doing on Audrey.  If it’s a speech about her life, these are the biographies I would recommend.

If it is about her films, I would recommend any of the biographies above with the addition of this book:

Best of luck with your speech! I hope my suggestions are helpful!

alicepleasancel asked: Hi! Just to tell you that your blog is awesome and I like the way you answer the questions! You know a lot of thing about Audrey and you probably read a lot of book about her! You’re the perfect person to make a blog about Audrey and that’s really great! Thanks for all these pictures and informations! :D

Thank you so much, love.  I must confess I put a lot of thought into each of my answers and sometimes I’ll wait days before answering if I feel that I need to do some extra research before answering the question appropriately.  I very much appreciate your kind and generous words.  I love having this blog and having the opportunity (and honor) to meet so many truly special Audrey fans. Xo 

alicepleasancel asked: Which Audrey’s haircut do you prefer?

Her haircut in Sabrina!  So chic and feminine and the cut complimented her long, elegant neck and dancer’s physique.

gabbythegoon asked: I'm new to following your account, but could you post some pics of Audrey winning her Oscar? Great blog btw.

Absolutely!  Here are pictures of Audrey at the Oscars and here are pictures from the 26th Annual Academy Awards (the night she won). I’ll try to post more sometime this week!