She was a "dazzling creature looking like a wild-eyed doe prancing in the forest." That was one Hollywood director remembered actress Audrey Hepburn on the set for one of her movies. Few indeed would have disputed that characterization. An amalgam of regal elegance and waiflike frailty, Hepburn had an enchanting aura that made her a star practically from the outset of her screen career. For her first lead role, in Roman Holiday (1953), she claimed an Oscar, and her performances in such later films as A Nun's Story, Breakfast at Tiffany's , and Charade represented some of the best-remembered moments in American movies of the 1950s and 1960s.
This photograph, taken by Hollywood photographer Sid Avery on the grounds of Paramount Studios, testifies to the great sense of style that made Hepburn a trendsetter in fashion. As one observer put it, she offered "proof that looking good need not be synonymous with looking bimbo."