Saturday, July 31, 2010

Audrey Friday

If you love Holly Golightly as I do, then get out there and get a copy of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M, Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman.  I heard about this book while perusing NPR's Arts and Life section earlier today.  Someone on their staff had written this article on the book, so naturally I was inclined to read on :) Have any of you out there read this book? I must get my hands on this book soon...note to self...add this book to your birthday wish list ;)

"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."

Enjoy your weekend daahlings!


PoorCollegeStudent said...

OMG I have wanted fifth avenue 5 am for so long! I read as much was on amazon, but I've never owned it. You know what, I'm going to go get it on amazon now!

Beansieleigh said...

Oh.. now I was just AT the bookstore YESTERDAY!! I wish I could have looked for this one while I was there. I may have to look up too!... Have a great weekend! ~tina

Pixie Drive-In said...

Ohhh, I want to read this so badly! I love Breakfast at Tiffany's, and am on a Truman Capote kick right now.

Sympathy For The Devil said...

heheh, welcome back!!!
how are you Darling E?
and your little princess?

always love and enjoy your Audrey Friday!
i havent read the book, it seems interesting!!!!
thanks for letting me know ;)

miss you a lot!

Dawn said...

you're back! woot!

um. the book looks EXCELLENT!
must buy. STAT!