Monday, October 3, 2011

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

Sam Wasson
ISBN: 978-0-06-177416-4
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Source: TLC Book Tours
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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.

My Thoughts:

Who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn?  Who can't look at her without the Breakfast at Tiffany's song playing in their head?  Who doesn't wonder what life is like for a star on a normal, everyday basis?

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. gives an honest and raw look into the life of Audrey Hepburn.  The book shows who she was as a person, a star and an icon.  In all of her normality and glamour, the reader is given keen insight and understanding into Audrey, the person, rather than just Audrey the glamorous star.   This behind the scenes look was interesting to read in many ways.  I learned things I didn't know about Audrey and was able to appreciate her life on a different level.

The book also explores what it was like to make a movie in the early 1960s. The process is one that's entirely different in today's world. Hepburn and film makers dealt with censors who didn't want to talk about sex though there was a changing public who wanted to see sex on the screen. Television a major competition for the movies at that time.

Though I have heard stories about the 50's 60's and 70's from parents, grandparents and other family, it was interesting to read a side of those decades from the look of stardom and the changing world of film.  I think this book can be easily enjoyed by many!  Again, who doesn't love Audrey Hepburn??

About the Author:

Sam Wasson is the author of A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards and the forthcoming Paul on Mazursky. He is working on a book about Bob Fosse. He lives in Los Angeles. 

Visit Sam at his website,, follow him on Twitter, and friend him on Facebook.

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