Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman book review by rareaudreyhepburn. (Picture by rareaudreyhepburn)
It seems that many fans associate Audrey Hepburn with Holly Golightly, the fun-loving, carefree kook. However, there is more to Holly Golightly and the story of Breakfast at Tiffany’s than a Givenchy gown and nameless cat. In Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. Sam Wasson leads us through an intimately detailed recollection of what it entailed to make this cinematic favorite a timeless story of a lost girl and her quest to find herself.
Guiding us through the 1950s a time when you were either a Marilyn Monroe or a Doris Day, Wasson engages us in the emergence of Audrey Hepburn, a young woman who broke the mold with a fresh, new style, in a time when women were desperate for something different. She wasn’t overtly sexual or unwaveringly reserved. With a short haircut and embracing smile, Audrey Hepburn brought a modern elegance that was all her own.
Through Wasson’s clever narrative we learn the struggles that occurred when making a movie adaption of Truman Capote’s critical hit Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Among them were the issues of trying to convince a very nervous Audrey Hepburn that she could play a New York call girl, while an uninspired screenplay writer, George Axlerod, is in dire need of a new challenge. A stressed director by the name Blake Edwards is constantly at war with his pompous leading man, George Peppard; and an eager composer, Henry Mancini, is fighting to get his song “Moon River” into the final cut. Sam Wasson terrifically transports his reader back to 1960 amidst a new dawn in cinema and pop culture.
As an Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany’s aficionado I highly recommend this fun and effortless read: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.:Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, And the Dawn of the Modern Woman.