June 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm , by Lisa M. Gerry
Audrey Hepburn has always epitomized glamour and sophistication, but in her role as Holly Golightly she was more than that—she was a symbol of social change. In his fascinating new book, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, Sammy Wasson explores Hepburn’s role in the impending sexual revolution, and offers delicious behind-the-scenes tidbits from the making of the 1961 classic.
When did you first see Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Oh my God. I must have been no more than ten or eleven years old. But, it only really became significant to me in when I was in high school…when I started falling in love, getting depressed and then ecstatic—at that point, it really made a mark.
The film has a tremendous fashion legacy.
I think it grows more and more as the movie ages. At the time, it was surprising. Now we’ve come to see the little black dress as a grown up style for women, but it wasn’t so clear at the time.
I was amazed to find out that they had originally wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly, but they couldn’t get her.
I would bet if Marilyn Monroe had that part, we would not love the movie the way we do now. Marilyn Monroe was the old kind of sexual power, while Audrey was the new. She was a woman that wasn’t trading on her overt sexual appeal.