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Chic Read: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

by habituallychic

06 . 17 . 10

If you’ve ever read Truman Capote’s original book Breakfast at Tiffany’s, then you know that the movie version takes some artistic liberties with the story. Sam Wasson has written a new book entitled Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. that delves into how the producers turned a story that was supposedly unadaptable into every girl’s favorite film. It’s full of interesting tidbits such as how Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly and how the song Moon River almost didn’t make the final cut. The title of the book refers to the time of day that they shot the iconic opening scene. Audrey Hepburn supposedly didn’t want to eat the Danish either. Lucky for all of us that it all turned out perfectly in the end and if you want to hear how, definitely buy this book!

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  1. Dancing Branflake June 16, 2010 | 11:18 pm

    How wonderful! I would totally want to get this. Great coffee table book to show off.

  2. The Simply Luxurious Life June 17, 2010 | 12:02 am

    Interesting and a must read. The movie without Moon River – I can’t imagine it. =)

  3. sanctuaryhome June 17, 2010 | 12:45 am

    Oh my, how have I not heard about this book?! Can’t wait to read it. Off to add it to the Amazon wish list!

  4. susan's buzz June 17, 2010 | 3:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this book. Love Audrey Hepburn, love the movie and Moon River!!

  5. cassandra @ coco+kelley June 17, 2010 | 3:52 am

    perfect summer reading material!! sounds so interesting… thanks for the recommendation heather! i probably never would have heard of it!

  6. Marcus Design June 17, 2010 | 4:15 am

    I feel the same way, how did this one pass me by?? Thanks for pointing it out, I will definitely make this one of my sitting-on-the-beach reads this summer.

  7. Tabitha June 17, 2010 | 7:47 am

    This sounds great, I just reviewed American glamour and it touches on Breakfast at Tiffany’s too, it always surprised me how many peole don’t realise that she was a prostitute, that film is so much darker than its surface.

  8. Jessica June 17, 2010 | 9:53 am

    I’ve read that Audrey hated danishes which is why she didn’t want to eat it. She suggested an ice cream cone instead. Ice cream for breakfast?

  9. Charlotta Ward June 17, 2010 | 9:53 am

    Wonderful tip – thank you, I will definitely pick this one up.

    x Charlotta

  10. Heidiopia June 17, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    Shoot– my stack of reading material grows daily, but I’m going to have to add this one! Thanks again, Heather, for another great read.

  11. rikshaw design June 17, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    i am embarressed to admit that i have never seen the movie..that is a crime! i am renting it this weekend..

  12. EMILY June 17, 2010 | 7:13 pm

    OOOH, I have been reading a lot about this book. I might have to do a nod to your post on bigmoosky.

    She’s effortless chic, isn’t she?
    x Emily

  13. splendidmarket.com June 17, 2010 | 9:35 pm

    It always bothered me that she ate the danish with her gloves on…I guess they didn’t have the wrist buttons, to allow her to pull her delicate litte fingers out. Maybe that is why she wanted to have an ice cream cone instead, the gloves would not be soiled.

    I can’t imagine the movie with out Moon River. I saved the New York Times ad from Tiffany’s when Audury died — they said something to the effect of — “farewell to our Huckleberry Friend”. Still gives me chills.

  14. Ryan Hines June 19, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    The screenplay was written by my good friend’s grandfather, George Axelrod, who also wrote The Manchurian Candidate and The Seven Year Itch, among others. I can’t wait to see what my friend thinks of this book. 😀

  15. julia July 15, 2010 | 1:14 am

    Thank you so much for your enthusiastic endorsement of Sammy’s book! Julia (Sammy’s editor)

  16. Alice Olive August 16, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    Just have to tell you that I put this book on my ‘must read’ list because of your post. Finally started on the weekend: it’s brilliant! Can’t put it down! Thanks for the post!