Angela Rippon (b. 1944)

Schwartz’s suite, The Berkeley Hotel, London
29 June 1977 

British television journalist, writer and producer, Rippon was well known as a newsreader for BBC television in the 1970s.

Here, Schwartz pays homage to his mentor, Philippe Halsman, famous for his photographs of jumping celebrities. ‘The television public saw her [Rippon] only from the waist up, usually wearing a blouse and jacket. After making a few photos of her in traditional tailored clothes, I asked her to dance in a gown she had brought. Her ballet training was clearly evident.' The result made the cover of 'The Sunday Times Magazine.'

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photo © National Portrait Gallery, London