What to Read on the Subway This Week: 10/28
I'm a huge fan of the actress Audrey Hepburn and have a small collection of books related to the star of much-loved movies like Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Funny Face. Learn more about Hepburn with these readings. From memoirs to podcasts, Hepburn's cultural influence is undeniable.
On Your Kindle
This fascinating and readable study of Hepburn's most beloved film, Breakfast at Tiffany's, explores the differences between the onscreen Holly Golightly and Truman Capote's original character. In adapting Capote's novella, producers struggled to make the call girl character suitable for mid-century audiences. Film studies scholar Sam Wasson examines Hepburn's background and impact on today's women.
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"My Fair Mother," Vanity Fair, by Luca Dotti
This recent Vanity Fair article explores Hepburn’s relationship with Rome. The city was important to Hepburn personally: She filmed her first major role there (Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck) and lived there during her second marriage to Andrea Dotti. Hepburn's younger son, Luca Dotti, reminisces about his childhood with a famous mother in the Eternal City. Learn about Hepburn's films, her love of spaghetti, and her relationship with Italian fashions.
On a Podcast
This Sound on Sight podcast looks at Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), and Wait Until Dark (1967). While Wait Until Dark is less famous than its predecessors, the thriller is memorably terrifying: In a change from her usual romantic comedy roles, Hepburn portrays a blind woman stalked by dangerous drug dealers.
Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit, by Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Hepburn's oldest son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, crafts a loving tribute to his mother in this beautiful book. Many people will be surprised to read about Hepburn's childhood. A survivor of World War II, Hepburn spent the last part of her career as an advocate for UNICEF, the United Nations' Children's Fund. Proceeds benefit UNICEF and Hepburn's interest in children's charities.