Because the subject matter is Audrey Hepburn, there really is no end to the shelf life of a 2010 book about one of the actress’ most beloved movies, 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Author Sam Wasson visits Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts tonight for a chat and screening of the movie, in connection with his tome Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.
Wasson has also written a book about Tiffany’s director Blake Edwards called, memorably, Splurch in the Kisser. But in advance of tonight’s Texas apperance, it is film critic Joe Leydon who shares the Audrey Hepburn anecdote of the week. It happened in Florida in the early 90s, where Leydon, while chatting at a film festival soiree with a Newsweek reporter, suddenly noticed the movie goddess searching for a light.
I immediately take my leave of the Newsweek scribe, rush over to a nearby bar and implore the bartender for a book of matches. I toss him a tip and I race over to the Hollywood icon who’s jonesing for a nicotine rush.
One quick brush of the match against the matchbook, and I am offering her a flame. She bends over slightly, accepts my proffered fire, then looks deep into my eyes for just a moment and, with a smile more radiant than a thousand suns, murmurs: “Thank you.”
At the end of his blog post, Leydon shares an informative email interview with Wasson, who seems pleasantly surprised that the man asking the questions has actually read the Hepburn film chronicle. Not long ago, in the pages of the New York Times, critic Janet Maslin rated Wasson’s Tiffany’s tome as one of the Top 10 Books of 2010.