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See Rare Photos of Audrey Hepburn, Pre-Roman Holiday

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Douglas Kirkland

It’s been 25 years since Audrey Hepburn‘s death at 63, and yet each time you think you’ve seen every single image of her, it seems like another batch of throwbacks (and thereby, of course, dorm room decoration fodder) comes to light. The latest, taken by 20th-century photographers like Terry O’Neill and Norman Parkinson, comes courtesy of the exhibition “Audrey Hepburn: Beyond the Screen,” on view at Proud Central in London from August 17 to September 30. While there’s no shortage of Hepburn at her finest, the show also gives a rare look into the three-year window of life she had pre-peak fame, between being scouted in 1950, shortly after her family left their native, then Germany-occupied Netherlands, and winning an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for her first starring role in Roman Holiday in 1953. Even in Bob Willoughby’s snapshot of Hepburn after her first official photo shoot that same year, shortly after filming wrapped, Hepburn looked a natural in front of the camera. Take a look back at those moments and more, here.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Bob Willoughby

Audrey Hepburn getting into a car after her first photo shoot at Paramount Studios. Photographed by Bob Willoughby, shortly after finishing her first film, Roman Holiday, which would earn her an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe, 1953.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

A 24-year-old Audrey Hepburn being shampooed on the set of Sabrina, photographed by Mark Shaw for Life, 1953.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Norman Parkinson / Iconic Images

Audrey Hepburn wearing Givenchy in Rome, photographed by Norman Parkinson for Glamour, 1955.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images

Audrey Hepburn with a dove perched on her shoulder, photographed by Terry O’Neill, 1966.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images

Audrey Hepburn wearing a white hat and sunglasses for her role in William Wyler’s comedy How to Steal a Million, photographed by Terry O’Neill in Paris, 1966.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Norman Parkinson / Iconic Images

Audrey Hepburn at a villa near Rome between filming King Vidor’s War and Peace, photographed by Norman Parkinson for Glamour, 1955.

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Courtesy of Proud Galleries, © Douglas Kirkland

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Douglas Kirkland, who had just directed her to get “a little more playful,” 1965.