Rare Pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn to go on Exhibit

| by Michael Allen

British photographer Cecil Beaton's work from the 1920s to the 1960s will go on exhibit next month at the Museum of the City of New York. His showcased work will include rarely seen photos of Aundrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and others.

Working as a staff photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Beaton shot some of the most famous and enduring stars.

The show, which starts on October 25, will include a striking Eliza Doolitle-staged Audrey Hepburn from 1963.

Monochrome: Few photos capture Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle character so decisively as Cecil Beaton's shot in 1963. The image is part of the forthcoming exhibition

There is also a self-portrait of the London-born socialite, knighted in 1972, swinging from Brooklyn Bridge's ironwork.

The artist himself: Ever curious, Sir Beaton took his self-portrait on Brooklyn Bridge in 1929. The exhibition will run from October 25 to February 20

There is also a picture of Andy Warhol next to transsexual Candy Darling, taking a walk on the wild side as their personas almost blend together.

Artist: Cecil Beaton became a familiar feature at social and artistic events in Manhattan. He photographed Andy Warhol and Candy Darling in NYC in 1969

Besides his photography, Beaton was famous for designing the costumes for the hit 1956 musical 'My Fair Lady.' He won a Tony for Best Costume Design for the musical in 1957 and went on to win Academy Awards for his costumes for 'Gigi' and 'My Fair Lady.'