Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.67 hours)
Product Number: Z100030934
Released: Jun 26, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062217271
Narrator/s: Grover Gardner
Publisher: HarperAudio
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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.

Author(s): Sam Wasson
Original Publish Date: Jun 26, 2012

All formats/editions

Author(s): Sam Wasson
Product Number EB00233421
Released: Mar 17, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062000132

Professional reviews

"Listeners whose scope of interest includes the details of the pre-production, filming, and post-production of the 1961 screen classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S will likely enjoy this audiobook. Wasson's well-researched writing is didactic and, at times, too intentionally sensational. In contrast, Grover Gardner's narration is workmanlike. He employs a deep-voiced documentary style entirely without characterization or emotional texture. There are ample doses of anecdotes that discuss feuds, conflicts, politics, Givenchy fashion, and the larger-than-life persona of Truman Capote, who wrote the original Tiffany novella. But, despite the precision of Gardner's reading, the work is weak in providing evidence that Hepburn's performance was a pivotal moment in American sociocultural history. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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