Two of Hollywood’s iconic screen sirens grace the frame of this photo snapped by LIFE photographer Allan Grant. Find out more about this beautiful piece of history immortalized in film in this installment of Influential Photographs.
While he was known for his humorous photographs, LIFE photographer Allan Grant was also perfectly capable of capturing scenes of pure beauty. In his time covering the entertainment world for LIFE from 1947 to the late 1960s, one of Grant’s most enduring celebrity photos is the one above showing Hollywood screen goddesses Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Hepburn and Kelly were backstage during the 28th Academy Awards held on March 21, 1956 at the RKO Pantages Theater in Hollywood. While neither of both actresses were up for Oscars, there seems to be an air of tension between the two at first look. Kelly and Hepburn were there to present the Best Actor Award (for Ernest Borgnine in Marty) and Best Film (also for Marty) respectively. The two actually got on really well in real life, as we can see in another of Grant’s shots moments later:
Our intention with the Influential Photographs series is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.