Audrey Hepburn’s “Moon River”
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
And as I recall, I think, we both kinda liked it.
An American geisha sings alone on a New York City fire escape in 1961. The actress playing the guitar gave birth just months prior and has a vocal range narrower than the space she sings in (and one that will yield to voice-overs in future roles). The scene itself – a rather unvarnished interlude dropped into one of Hollywood’s most sparkling tales – was almost left on the cutting-room floor. How could it be anything less than magic?
Blake Edwards’ film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s cemented New York as the American Paris and Audrey Hepburn as a fashion icon. “Moon River” won composer Henry Mancini Record of the Year and Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer Song of the Year at the 1962 Grammy Awards. That same year, legendary crooner Andy Williams would perform “Moon River” at the Academy Awards, linking his name indelibly with the classic song. But it was Hepburn as Holly Golightly who first gave the song life and saved it from death: “Over my dead body” Hepburn is said to have told studio executives when the scene was marked for deletion.
So, take a minute and rediscover what we might have missed: