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December 13, 2011

We don't even belong to each other


With its 50th anniversary Blu-Ray release, Rick McGinnis considers Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn and feminism.

There’s no doubt that the Holly created by Hepburn, Edwards and screenwriter George Axelrod – though certainly not Capote’s original Holly – has become a feminist icon. In Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M., Sam Wasson’s recent bestselling book about the film, Ms. magazine co-founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin recalls how Hepburn’s Holly became her role model, inspiring her to not only fill her closet with little black dresses like the ones Givenchy made for Hepburn, but to go out and buy “a scooter, a dog, a rabbit, and a little duck,” in order to fill her life with a bit of the “kookiness” Paramount pictures was heavily marketing as the key to Holly’s charm – a kooky smokescreen for the stubborn fact that Holly, as conceived by Capote, was essentially a call girl.

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the dawn of the modern woman.

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey—dainty, immaculate—is anything but true to life.

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