For decades, photographer Eva Sereny worked behind the camera, but she’s finally stepping into the spotlight with her new book, “Through Her Lens.”
Her career spans decades, capturing intimate moments from stars like Lauren Bacall, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and on movie sets including “Catch-22,” “The Great Gatsby,” and three “Indiana Jones” films. A portion of that work is featured in “Through Her Lens,” which was released this fall.
But as she told Page Six in London, not everyone was a joy to work with, specifically Raquel Welch.
“She went at me and said, ‘Who is she?!’ And said, ‘Well I don’t know anything about this!’ She got quite angry,” Sereny recalled. “She said to the director, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ She went off. So I went off. What else can I do?”
Ross asked Sereny to leave after the debacle.
Years later, Sereny and Welch would reunite for a different project. But as Sereny writes in “Through Her Lens,” she was hesitant about working together again. “I just hoped and prayed she wouldn’t recognize or remember me as I played out the same scenario,” she wrote.
“[Welch] was doing a sort of whole thing on yoga and exercise. And I was shooting her,” Sereny recalled. “We got along like a house on fire. It was great! And I never told her. She would have never have remembered [the initial fight].”
Sereny continued, writing in the book, “We have done some great work together – and I really do like her a lot.”
She also fondly remembered a fleeting portrait session with another famous actress in New York City.
“I was asked to do Meryl Streep just out of the blue,” Sereny said. “I was in New York. But I went to an empty apartment and I knew that she had to rush.”
But as Sereny recalled, she didn’t make “contact” with Streep during their photo shoot. “I took quite a lot of pictures, but I was trying to find something else … there was nothing in that place,” she added. “The light was good. She was terribly nice. She was probably thinking, ‘Who the hell was this but I’ll do my best.’ And I’ll do my best. She had to go.”
Although Sereny said she wanted more time with Streep, the frames she took landed on the April 1982 cover of Paris Match.
“I feel a pity that we didn’t do more,” she said. “I never really got to know her.”
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