世界上出鏡率最高的女性，應是奧黛麗赫本莫屬了。這位比利時出生的英國女演員奧黛麗•赫本（1929年至1993年），演出過羅馬假期Roman Holiday，龍鳳配Sabrina，甜姐兒Funny Face，蒂凡尼的早餐Breakfast at Tiffany’s，窈窕淑女My Fair Lady，等歷久不衰的經典電影，儘管已經去世二十年，她依然是最有名的女演員之一，鼓舞仰慕她的新生代演員。
儘管她相關傳記，不勝枚舉，這本Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon仍有其出彩的內容，不僅完整回溯赫本在倫敦學習芭蕾舞，到她晚年擔任作為聯合國兒童基金（UNICEF）的特別大使，從在倫敦西區舞台表演，到好萊塢的全盛時期，以及人生最後的歲月，更費心網羅著名攝影大師定義赫本的形象，塑造了她職業生涯的宣傳照片，還有她拍攝電影過程未曾公開的幕後風采，更有罕見的家庭照片等等，成為本書的亮點。
During her lifetime, the Belgian-‐born British actress Audrey Hepburn (192993), star of such films as Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffanys, My Fair Lady, Charade and Two for the Road, was recognised around the world. Posthumously, her popularity has endured and her image continues to be reproduced in a variety of international cultural contexts. Unlike other collections, in this new book the authors call attention to the circumstances in which pictures of Hepburn were published and consumed, thereby illuminating more generally our changing relationship with such images over the course of the twentieth century. Hepburns career is charted through over 145 portraits and supporting images from her early years in London as a student of ballet and a performer on the West End stage, to her Hollywood heyday and her final years as a special ambassador for the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF).
Alongside work by the photographers whose portraits defined Hepburns image and shaped her career are publicity photographs and images made on-‐ and off-‐set during the production of her films, as well as family photographs and informal archive news pictures. Possessing the features, height and poise of a model, Hepburn collaborated with a number of couturiers, notably Hubert de Givenchy. Her image often graced the pages and covers of fashion magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, for which she was photographed by Richard Avedon, whose work is represented here together with portraits by Cecil Beaton, Antony Beauchamp, Philippe Halsman, Angus McBean, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn.