Fifth Avenue, 5 Am

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

By Sam Wasson
(Aurum Press, Hardcover, 9781845136086)

Publication Date: October 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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“Truman Capote's risque novel about Holly Golightly and her gay friend became a on-screen romantic comedy hit. For someone who has seen the movie as much as I have (and I know I'm not alone), Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. is part encyclopedia, part valentine. Will the controlling Mel Ferrer keep Hepburn from taking the role? What is to happen if one of the producers absolutely hates Henry Mancini's theme song? Will Edith Head let her costumes be upstaged by Hubert Givenchy, and how does one work French couture into the life of a fairly naive and not particularly successful New York call girl anyway? Great fun!”
-- Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Hepburn--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. 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 early sixties 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.

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010

In 1961, the character Audrey Hepburn brought to life in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's captured the imagination of an America on the cusp of a sexual revolution. Writer Sam Wasson shows how Hollywood made a hit out of a story about a call girl. More at

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II. More at

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