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    Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-80)


    Photographer

    Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton was born on 14 January 1904 in London. He is one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. This eccentric multi-talented individual also worked as a designer and novelist.

    Responsible for the ground-breaking and much-imitated glamour portrait, Beaton's subjects included Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Callas, Sir Winston Churchill, and the British Royal family. In 1939, he took a detour from the world of high style and produced some of the most memorable images of Britain in the war years.

    After the war, he continued his work as a portrait photographer, but started to design costumes for Hollywood films, winning an Oscar for My Fair Lady. In the 1960's Beaton gave fresh life to his photographic style, with portraits of Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and many Hollywood legends.

    Bisexual, Beaton had a long-term relationship witht the actress and full-time goddess Greta Garbo.

    He was knighted in 1972.

    He died of a heart attack on 18 January 1980 at Broadchalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK. For a while after his death the singer Toyah Willcox and her husband the rock-god guitarist Robert Fripp owned his Wiltshire home.

    As well as his above mentioned Oscar he Won four Tony Awards as Best Costume Designer: in 1955 for Quadrille; in 1957 for My Fair Lady, a nomination shared with Little Glass Clock; in 1960 for Saratoga;" and in 1970 for Coco. He also received two other nominations: in 1960 as Best Scenic Designer (Musical) for Sarartoga; and in 1961 as Best Costume Designer (Musical) for Tenderloin.

  • Cecil Beaton signed items @ ebay.com (direct link to signed items)

  • An Ideal Husband 1947 Movie Review
    (delicious costumes designed by Cecil)


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