Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman (P.S.)

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The images of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" are branded into our collective memory: we can see Audrey Hepburn stepping out of that cab on the corner of 57th and 5th, and we can picture her again with George Peppard, huddled in an alleyway and wrapped in a kiss, as the rain pours down around them. Those moments are as familiar to us as any in whole the history of movies, but few of us know that ending was not the film's original ending. In fact, it was only one of two endings the filmmakers shot - and it almost didn't make it in. The reasons why have to do with the movie's cutting-edge take on sex in the city, namely, when to show it, and how to do it, without getting caught. If Truman Capote had it his way, his beloved Marilyn Monroe would have been cast as Holly, but crafty executives knew that she'd have the censors on red alert. So they went for Audrey. But would she go for them? Frightened at the prospect of playing a part so far beyond her accepted range - not to mention the part of call girl - Audrey turned inside out worrying if she should take her agent's advice and accept the role. What would people think? America's princess playing a New York bad girl? It seemed just too far "Fifth Avenue, 5:00 AM" is the first ever complete account of the making of "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Drawing upon countless interviews with those involved in the film's production, from actors to producer Richard Shepherd to Gerald Clarke, Capote's biographer, Wasson brings us inside the world and indeed inside the mind of one of America's greatest cinematic icons. 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. But that was the easy part. Getting Audrey there - and getting the right people behind her - that was the tough part. With the heart of a novelist and the eye of a critic, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, from script to screen and from rehearsal to 'Action!'. "Fifth Avenue, 5:00 AM" presents "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as we have never seen it before - through the eyes of those who made it.

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‘Crammed with irresistible tidbits...[Wasson's] book winds up as well-tailored as the kind of little black dress that "Breakfast at Tiffany's" made famous.’

( New York Times)

‘There’s a liveliness to Wasson’s whiz-bang account of the shooting of this famous film’

( Sunday Independent)

‘...[There is ] a tidal wave of behind-the-scenes insights in this chatty, highly enjoyable book...’

( Scottish Sunday Herald)

'This sparkling gem of a book is packed full of insights.'

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'Slipping down as easily as a row of tall martinis, Sam Wasson's account of the making of Blake Edwards' 1961 film is enough to cause a little rush to the head. Written with a sparkle that wouldn't find its author ostracised at a tête-à-tête on a banquette at La Côte Basque, 5th Avenue, 5AM, mixes frivolity with a good glug of socio-political analysis... Studded all over with gossip and glamour, Golightly would probably approve.'

( Guardian)

‘Sam Wasson delivers an especially shiny diamond with this insightful look at just how the stars aligned for Ms. Hepburn (knits in set) to play Ms. Golightly (sells her body to the night).'

( Empire)

'A fabulous read, not just for fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's or Audrey Hepburn, but anyone interested in classic vintage film and fashion.'

( Vintage Life)

'Giving the reader a beguiling bird's-eye perspective that lends 'Tiffany's' fresh immediacy, the book offers the perfect companion to the film.'

( Good Book Guide)

'Gossipy, glamorous and detailed account of the making of the Hollywood classic.'

( Observer)

About the Author:

Sam Wasson was born in Los Angeles but left the city to study film at Wesleyan University, and then went on to do a Masters in Film at USC. His books, A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards and the forthcoming Paul on Mazursky, offer definitive studies of each director's life and work. He calls L.A. home again, though L.A. rarely returns his calls.

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