Sir Cecil Beaton is best known for his famous photographic portraits of British royalty and for his pictures of such international stars as Garbo. In addition to photography, he worked as an author/ illustrator of books and as a set designer for theatrical productions, operas and ballets. He also served as a costume designer and production designer on prestigious films such as Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964). Both films won him Academy Awards. Beaton was knighted in 1972.