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Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

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Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey—dainty, immaculate—is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star. With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before—through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.

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"Wasson, who wrote on the career of writer-director Blake Edwards in A Splurch in the Kisser, tightens his focus for a closeup of Edwards's memorable Breakfast at Tiffany's, which received five Oscar nominations (with two wins). Interviewing Edwards and others, he skillfully interweaves key events during the making of this cinema classic. He begins (and ends) with Truman Capote, whose novel was initially regarded as unadaptable by the producers, since they 'hadn't the faintest idea how the hell they were going to take a novel with no second act, a nameless gay protagonist, a motiveless drama, and an unhappy ending and turn it into a Hollywood movie.' The flow of Wasson's words carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn's impact on fashion (Givenchy's little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the new morality. Always stingy with praise, Capote dismissed the finished film as a 'mawkish valentine to New York City,' but one feels he would have been entranced by Wasson's prismatic approach as he walks 'a perilous path between the analytic interpretation and the imaginative one.' The result deserves Capote's 'nonfiction novel' label. Recapturing an era, this evocative 'factual re-creation' reads like carefully crafted fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Sam Wasson studied film at Wesleyan University and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is the author of A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards, and the forthcoming Paul on Mazursky. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Patrick Lonergan, June 22, 2011 (view all comments by Patrick Lonergan)
What an insightful read! Wasson's book is more than a simple collection of anecdotes from Hollywood personnel on the making on this iconic film; it also examines the life of Truman Capote and his numerous inspirations for both his timeless novella and its main character, Holly Golightly. The book also effectively displays the personal turmoil surround actress Audrey Hepburn as she tackled this character, a far cry from her usual on-screen persona, but the one which she is most famous for because it set a new tone for women in film at the dawn of the 1960's. Highly recommended for all fellow film buffs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061774157
Subtitle:
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
Author:
Wasson, Sam
Author:
Chalk, Gary
Author:
Graham, Holter
Author:
Cruise, Jorge
Author:
Jones, Allan
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Hepburn, Audrey
Subject:
Diets
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The Six Crowns
Publication Date:
20100622
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 2 to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.80 oz
Age Level:
from 7 to 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Wasson, who wrote on the career of writer-director Blake Edwards in A Splurch in the Kisser, tightens his focus for a closeup of Edwards's memorable Breakfast at Tiffany's, which received five Oscar nominations (with two wins). Interviewing Edwards and others, he skillfully interweaves key events during the making of this cinema classic. He begins (and ends) with Truman Capote, whose novel was initially regarded as unadaptable by the producers, since they 'hadn't the faintest idea how the hell they were going to take a novel with no second act, a nameless gay protagonist, a motiveless drama, and an unhappy ending and turn it into a Hollywood movie.' The flow of Wasson's words carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn's impact on fashion (Givenchy's little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the new morality. Always stingy with praise, Capote dismissed the finished film as a 'mawkish valentine to New York City,' but one feels he would have been entranced by Wasson's prismatic approach as he walks 'a perilous path between the analytic interpretation and the imaginative one.' The result deserves Capote's 'nonfiction novel' label. Recapturing an era, this evocative 'factual re-creation' reads like carefully crafted fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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