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

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The satirical American newspaper the Onionand#160;recently ran a story with the headline and#147;College-Aged Female Finds Unlikely Kindred Spirit In Audrey Hepburn,and#8221; lampooning modern American girlsand#8217; continued fascination with the star (along with their habits of hanging posters ofand#160;Breakfast At Tiffanyand#8217;sand#160;in their dorm rooms).

What gives this slight starlet such staying power? A talented actress, an icon of fashion, a loving mother, and an active humanitarian, Hepburn remains one of the worldand#8217;s most beloved women even two decades after her death. Ranked as the third greatest screen star of all time by the American Film Institute, she possessed grace and beauty that still enchant us today. The winner ofand#160;the 1953 Academy Award for her role as Princess Ann inand#160;Roman Holiday,and#160;she received further Academy Award nominations forand#160;Sabrina,and#160;Breakfast at Tiffany's,and#160;andand#160;Wait Until Dark. Her timeless, iconic style, both on and off screen, has long been admired, and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class, and elegance.

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburnand#160;focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburnand#8217;s star persona, exploring her journey from ingand#233;nue to UNICEF ambassador. The book looks at her iconographic relationship with female culture and fashion and situatesand#160;Breakfast at Tiffanyand#8217;sand#160;alongside the works of Edith Wharton andand#160;Sex and the City.and#160;

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Talented actress, iconic fashion model, loving mother and active humanitarian; Audrey Hepburn is one of the worldand#8217;s most beloved women and even ten years after her death, her grace and beauty still enchants us today. Ranked as third greatest star of all time by the American film institute she won several BAFT awards for her performances in The Nun's Story (1959) and Charade (1963), and received Academy Award nominations for Sabrina (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Her timeless iconic style, both on and off screen, has been long been admired and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class and elegance.

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburnand#8217;s star persona, exploring her journey from ingand#233;nue, to kook, to lady, to UNICEF ambassador. The book looks at her iconographic relationship with female culture and fashion such as Hepburnand#8217;s persona as an instructive style guru through female publications which explore her relationship with fashion.

Synopsis:

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn—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. 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 early sixties 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.

Synopsis:

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061774164
Subtitle:
Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
Author:
Wasson, Sam
Author:
Miller, Jacqui
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Film - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Intellect Books - Fan Phenomena
Publication Date:
20110830
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrated in color throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.75 in

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Talented actress, iconic fashion model, loving mother and active humanitarian; Audrey Hepburn is one of the worldand#8217;s most beloved women and even ten years after her death, her grace and beauty still enchants us today. Ranked as third greatest star of all time by the American film institute she won several BAFT awards for her performances in The Nun's Story (1959) and Charade (1963), and received Academy Award nominations for Sabrina (1954), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Wait Until Dark (1967). Her timeless iconic style, both on and off screen, has been long been admired and she is seen by many as the epitome of grace, class and elegance.

Fan Phenomena: Audrey Hepburn focuses on the transformative nature of Hepburnand#8217;s star persona, exploring her journey from ingand#233;nue, to kook, to lady, to UNICEF ambassador. The book looks at her iconographic relationship with female culture and fashion such as Hepburnand#8217;s persona as an instructive style guru through female publications which explore her relationship with fashion.

"Synopsis" by , Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn—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. 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 early sixties 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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