Fifth Avenue, 5am: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Fifth Avenue, 5am: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's


By (author) Sam Wasson

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  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 19mm | 262g
  • Publication date: 3 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781310807
  • ISBN 13: 9781781310809
  • Edition statement: PB Reissue
  • Illustrations note: 1 black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 253,616

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Before Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn was still a little-known actress with few film roles to speak of; after it - indeed, because of it - she was one of the world's most famous fashion, style and screen icons. It was this film that matched her with Hubert de Givenchy's "little black dress". Meanwhile, Truman Capote's original novel is itself a modern classic selling huge numbers every year, and its high-living author of perennial interest. Now, this little book tells the story of how it all happened: how Audrey got the role (for which at first she wasn't considered, and which she at first didn't want); how long it took to get the script right; how it made Blake Edwards' name as a director after too many trashy films had failed to; and how Henry Mancini's soundtrack with its memorable signature tune 'Moon River' completed the irresistible package. This is the story of how one shy, uncertain, inexperienced young actress was persuaded to take on a role she at first thought too hard-edged and amoral - and how it made Audrey Hepburn into gamine, elusive Holly Golightly in the little black dress - and a star for the rest of her life.

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Author information

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, Fifth Avenue, 5am: Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's and Paul on Mazursky. He lives in Los Angeles.

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'Crammed with irresistible tidbits...[Wasson's] book winds up as well-tailored as the kind of little black dress that "Breakfast at Tiffany's" made famous.' New York Times 'There's a liveliness to Wasson's whiz-bang account of the shooting of this famous film' Sunday Independent '...[There is ] a tidal wave of behind-the-scenes insights in this chatty, highly enjoyable book...' Scottish Sunday Herald 'This sparkling gem of a book is packed full of insights.' Hello! 'Slipping down as easily as a row of tall martinis, Sam Wasson's account of the making of Blake Edwards' 1961 film is enough to cause a little rush to the head. Written with a sparkle that wouldn't find its author ostracised at a tete-a-tete on a banquette at La Cote Basque, 5th Avenue, 5AM, mixes frivolity with a good glug of socio-political analysis... Studded all over with gossip and glamour, Golightly would probably approve.' Guardian 'Sam Wasson delivers an especially shiny diamond with this insightful look at just how the stars aligned for Ms. Hepburn (knits in set) to play Ms. Golightly (sells her body to the night).' Empire 'A fabulous read, not just for fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's or Audrey Hepburn, but anyone interested in classic vintage film and fashion.' Vintage Life 'Giving the reader a beguiling bird's-eye perspective that lends 'Tiffany's' fresh immediacy, the book offers the perfect companion to the film.' Good Book Guide 'Gossipy, glamorous and detailed account of the making of the Hollywood classic.' Observer