Flawless Audrey Hepburn was Airbrushed

By Charmaine Gooden

Before and after retouched publicity shots of legendary beauty Audrey Hepburn have been released to coincide with the anniversary of the iconic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which was released by Paramount Pictures on October 5, 1961. The previously unseen “before” shot of Audrey Hepburn in the  famous press photo from the film shows Hepburn  with pencil lines marking up her face, apparently indicating where crows feet, lines and visible pores were to be smoothed. The shots are included in a new coffee table book by Sarah Gristwood, which coincides with the film’s 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago  Breakfast At Tiffany’s turned Audrey Hepburn into a huge star and fashion icon whose stylish influence is still emulated by women nearly 18 years after her death at the age of 63.  Hard as it is to imagine anyone else than Hepburn as Holly Golightly, she was not the first choice for the part. Marilyn Monroe was Capote’s first choice but she turned down the part. Among the other possibilities were Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, even Rosemary Clooney.