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Book Review | 5th Avenue 5 A.M., Audrey Hepburn & the Making of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Sam Wasson

By Lisagray @juicysatsuma
A couple of months ago I wrote a post about my favorite books about Audrey Hepburn, and I now have a new one to add to the list!
Fifth Avenue, 5A.M Audrey Hepburn & the Making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s* is something very different to add to my ever expanding Audrey collection. Most books about Audrey either focus on her life story or her as a style icon. While this book is of course discussing a specific time in Audrey’s life, and references that little black Givenchy dress, it gives an insight which I haven’t found in other books.
Book Review | 5th Avenue 5 A.M.,  Audrey Hepburn & the Making of Breakfast at Tiffany's by Sam Wasson
Essentially this book takes the reader through the filming of Breakfast at Tiffany's. This is the movie which propelled Audrey to super stardom, and it's interesting to read how she wasn't first choice for the film (first choice was Marilyn Monroe who turned the role down as she felt it too controversial), and how she was anxious about playing the role of a call-girl.
This book is written in a very lively, conversational manner which makes you feel as though you’re talking to someone who worked on the set of the film. Perhaps a runner working on their first big film set, who is sitting back and taking in all the gossip, scandal and watching a young, shy actress blossom into one of the most famous actresses of all time. Think of it as a kind-of book version of My Week With Marilyn!
I believe that even those who don’t have a particular interest in Audrey Hepburn would still enjoy this book, as it gives a wonderful insight in how movies were made in the 50s and 60s. Those interested in New York high society of the time would also find this book a great read as it reveals the lives of the well-to-do supporting cast of Breakfast At Tiffany's.
Lisa x

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