Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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"So smart and entertaining it should come with its own popcorn." - People

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson is the first ever complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's. With a cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, director Blake Edwards, 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 nation, changing fashion, film, and sex, for good.

With delicious prose and considerable wit, 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.

More praise for Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.:

"A bonbon of a book... As well tailored as the little black dress the movie made famous." - Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian." - The New Yorker

"Reads like carefully crafted fiction...[Wasson] carries the reader from pre-production to on-set feuds and conflicts, while also noting Hepburn's impact on fashion (Givenchy's little black dress), Hollywood glamour, sexual politics, and the new morality. Capote would have been entranced." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sam Wasson's exquisite portrait of Audrey Hepburn peels backs her sweet facade to reveal a much more complicated and interesting woman. He also captures a fascinating turning point in American history-- when women started to loosen their pearls, and their inhibitions. I devoured this book." -- Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City

Publisher: New York : HarperStudio, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061774157
Branch Call Number: ANF 791.4372 WAS
Characteristics: xx, 231 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: 5th Avenue, five A.M


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Aug 29, 2011

This book is a wee gem... lots of great info about the movie business. The author has interviewed just about everyone... his footnotes are pretty amazing - and fascinating. Not just for Audrey fans.

Jul 16, 2011

A must for all Audrey Hepburn fans, especially those who love Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Jul 20, 2010

A quick read: well written personable story about the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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