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.

sabrinafairchildmne asked: Hi! I am huge Audrey fan and I wanted to say that your blog is amazing and I truly appreciate all the photos and informations you put here. I have one question: I was wondering who were Audrey's closest friends (celebrities or has she any long lasting friendships from childhood)? I saw on your blog that Yul Brynner second wife, Doris, was one of them?

Thank you!  I truly appreciate the encouraging and heartfelt messages I receive in my inbox.  They always brighten my day.  Great question! Audrey’s closest friends were Doris Kleiner (Brynner) and Connie Wald (wife of producer Jerry Wald).  She remained life long friends with Gregory Peck (who was also responsible for introducing Audrey to her first husband, Mel Ferrer), Billy Wilder, his wife Audrey Wilder, and Audrey’s agent Kurt Frings.  Another one of Audrey’s celebrity friends was actress Capucine; they remained very good friends up until Capucine’s unfortunate death in 1990.  She was also dear friends with Arabella Ungaro and Laura Alberti, whom she called her “Roman Connie [Wald]”. And of course, Hubert de Givenchy.  He and Audrey were life long friends as well as muse and designer. 

"We became close friends right away.  Nothing happened in my life without [Audrey] knowing about it or in her life without my knowing about it.  Soul mates.  It only happens once in a lifetime.  Audrey really cared and really listened.  Most people don’t.  If you really listen, it’s because you really care.  I don’t listen to half of what I hear—but Audrey did." - Doris Kleiner (Brynner)

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Terry O’Neill during the filming of How to Steal a Million in Paris, France, August 1965.

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Terry O’Neill during the filming of How to Steal a Million in Paris, France, August 1965.

Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole during the production of How to Steal a Million, Paris, France, 1965.

Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole during the production of How to Steal a Million, Paris, France, 1965.

Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole on set of How to Steal a Million in Paris, France, 1965.

Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole on set of How to Steal a Million in Paris, France, 1965.

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Audrey Hepburn photographed with her one of her Jack Russell terriers.
Audrey was once asked what her perfect day looked like - this was her answer: 

"It’s going to sound like a thumping bore, but my idea of heaven is [having] Robert and my two sons at home —I hate separations— and the dogs, a good movie, a wonderful meal and great television all coming together.  I’m really blissful when that happens.  [My goal] was not to have huge luxuries.  As a child, I wanted a house with a garden, which I have today.  This is what I dreamed of.  I’d never worry about age if I knew I could go on being loved and having the possibility to love.  If I’m old and my husband doesn’t want me, or my children think me ugly and do not want me—that would be a tragedy.  So it isn’t age or even death that one fears, as much as loneliness and the lack of affection."

Audrey Hepburn photographed with her one of her Jack Russell terriers.

Audrey was once asked what her perfect day looked like - this was her answer: 

"It’s going to sound like a thumping bore, but my idea of heaven is [having] Robert and my two sons at home —I hate separations— and the dogs, a good movie, a wonderful meal and great television all coming together.  I’m really blissful when that happens.  [My goal] was not to have huge luxuries.  As a child, I wanted a house with a garden, which I have today.  This is what I dreamed of.  I’d never worry about age if I knew I could go on being loved and having the possibility to love.  If I’m old and my husband doesn’t want me, or my children think me ugly and do not want me—that would be a tragedy.  So it isn’t age or even death that one fears, as much as loneliness and the lack of affection."

Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wolders, 1980s.

"Sometimes, Audrey would become exasperated because Doris or somebody would say, ‘What do you do all day?’ We found that the day would fly by because the things we were involved with took a lot of time—the market, and so forth.  You cook a meal carefully, hours go into that.  For our own sake, but mostly for the dogs, we’d go to the lake and take our walks there.  On a Sunday afternoon, if the weather allowed, we would have a swim, take some sun—invariably, at some point, Audrey would disappear and come back with a basket of fruit or vegetables.” -Robert Wolders

Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wolders, 1980s.

"Sometimes, Audrey would become exasperated because Doris or somebody would say, ‘What do you do all day?’ We found that the day would fly by because the things we were involved with took a lot of time—the market, and so forth.  You cook a meal carefully, hours go into that.  For our own sake, but mostly for the dogs, we’d go to the lake and take our walks there.  On a Sunday afternoon, if the weather allowed, we would have a swim, take some sun—invariably, at some point, Audrey would disappear and come back with a basket of fruit or vegetables.” -Robert Wolders

life-fucks-us-all-my-sweetheart asked: Hi! I know that Mel Ferrer and Andrea Dotti were Audrey's husbands, but I'm not sure at all that Robert Wolders was. Can you tell me about it? I've been read about it in her biography and on some pages, but in some is written that he was and in other that he wasn't. I'm sorry for my English :D

Don’t apologize, I understood your question perfectly.  You’re right, Audrey was married twice in her life: first to Mel Ferrer in 1954 and then again to Andrea Dotti in 1969.  Technically, Audrey was still married to Andrea when she began dating Robert Wolders (also an actor) in 1980, two years before her divorced was finalized.  Robert and Audrey never married but were romantically together until her death in 1993.  She considered Robert her “soul mate”.  He, too, was Dutch born and spent the war years in Rotterdam, a mere 10 miles from where Audrey was living, in Arnhem.  He was devoted to Audrey and went on every UNICEF mission with her; never leaving her side during those 12 years they lived happily together.  In Robert she found ”her spiritual twin, the man she wanted to grow old with.”

I hope this answers your question.  Thank you for messaging me. Xo

Audrey Hepburn photographed in the bar of Hôtel Raphael in Paris, c. 1956.

dorkanagy asked: Hi, first of all I adore the work you do here on this website, your dedication to Audrey Hepburn is truly impressive and the photos you post are all lovely! Secondly, would you be so kind to post photos of her smoking? I have only seen a few. Thank you for your help! Xx

That is incredibly kind of you to say, thank you.  I will post those pictures right now. Xo

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in England, 1954.

Audrey Hepburn pregnant with her first son, Sean, 1960.

beatgotsickerr asked: Are there any pictures of Audrey while pregnant?

There sure are! Here are a few that I posted in the past:

  1. A pregnant Audrey Hepburn with her husband Mel Ferrer on vacation in Antibes, France, May 1960.
  2. A pregnant Audrey Hepburn in Nice, France, 1960.
  3. A pregnant Audrey Hepburn arrives home to Bürgenstock, Switzerland after visiting Nice, France,1960.

And I will post a couple of new ones now. (I should try looking for some photos of her pregnant with Luca, her second son.)

lestroispommes asked: thank you very much!

You’re very welcome! Xo

lestroispommes asked: hello! i was intriged by your last answered when you were talking about the time where she looked like her mother, would you mind taking the time to link me the photos? have a nice day and thank you for the effort you put on this blog

I’d be happy to, here you are: Rare modeling pictures of a pre-famous Audrey Hepburn, 1946.

And for reference, here is a picture of Audrey and her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, c. 1946.

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In that picture (above) she looks like a perfect combination of her mother and father.  Audrey took after her father, they both had “square” shaped-faces (as she so lovingly described her looks), similar eyes, noses and mouths.

Joseph Hepburn-Ruston:

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