Cecil Beaton In His Own Words

Cecil Beaton In His Own Words


Cecil Beaton was a portrait and fashion photographer, as well as a diarist and Oscar-winning designer. Here he discusses his life and achievements in a series of interviews from the BBC radio and TV archive:

At Home: Cecil Beaton, broadcast on BBC Radio, 7th May 1957 (featuring Hywel Davies)
Face To Face, broadcast on BBC Television, 18th February 1962 (featuring John Freeman)
Late Night Line-Up, broadcast on BBC Television, 9th May 1968 (featuring Sheridan Morley)
Desert Island Discs, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 26th January 1980 (featuring Roy Plomley)

Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary

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Cecil Beaton

Sir Cecil Beaton was born in Hampstead in 1904. Throughout his life he was a diarist, painter and interior designer but most recognised as a fashion and portrait photographer for Vogue, Vanity Fair and LIFE. He won several theatre and film awards, including two Academy Awards for his stage and costume design for My Fair Lady, and was knighted in 1972. He died at home in Wiltshire in 1980.
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