Yul Brynner was a man of many lives—some real, some colorfully invented. (It’s true that Brynner, who died in 1985, was a trapeze artist in his youth; his multiple birth dates, however, are still a source of controversy.) The Russian-born actor became Hollywood’s first bald-headed idol after scoring an Oscar for his King of Siam in the 1956 film version of The King and I. But Brynner was too free a creative spirit to be typecast, as a new four-volume set of books dedicated to his life as a photographer proves. More than 8,000 of Brynner’s self-portraits and portraits of famous Hollywood friends (Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor) fill Yul Brynner: A Photographic Journey (Edition 7L), which was authored by his daughter Victoria Brynner. To celebrate, there will be a show of 70 photographs at New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery (September 12 to 25).

Joan Collins: Yul Brynner/