LIFE magazine assigned me to photograph Rex Harrison and his new bride, Kay Kendall. They were honeymooning at Noel Coward's home in Blue Harbor, Jamaica. It was in a remote part of the island, far from Montego Bay. I had
photographed Rex many times, when he was starring in "My Fair Lady" and we knew each other quite well. I had also photographed Kay when she was appearing on the London Stage. I liked her enormously.
After several cablegrams, everything was arranged. I flew to Jamaica, and took the long taxi ride to Blue Harbor. When I got to the house, I asked the driver to wait. The maid who answered the door said, "I'm sorry, he's not here". I told her who I was and that Mr. Harrison was expecting me. She replied, "He's in New York."
I went back to the cab, told the driver what had happened, and that we were going back to the airport. He said, "Wait a minute, let me look around." A few minutes later, he
came back & said, "He's here! He's in the swimming pool with some lady!"
I told him to unload my cameras, but to hang around, just in case - - . I walked to the back of the house & saw Rex & Kay skinny - dipping in the pool overlooking the ocean. I yelled down, "Hey, Rex! How are you? He said,"Ormond, my good man, come down and have a swim." So I picked up my equipment & returned to the pool, ready for what I knew would be a tough photo session. I knew I'd have difficulty getting Rex & Kay to sit still for photographs. They didn't take the whole thing very seriously. When the time came, I had them dress in reddish shirts & jeans and started shooting. Along the way I asked them to hug each other. Rex seemed up-tight; I couldn't get him to smile. So wonderful Kay took over, at first cracking jokes, and finally I saw her hand reach out slowly, and slip it down inside his pants, saying, "Smile for Ormond." He did! I got my shots, and my Life Cover.