By Alynda Wheat Catherine Kast Lesley Messer
October 03, 2011 12:00 PM


In 1961 Audrey Hepburn slipped into a little black Givenchy dress—and the rest is history. Starring Hepburn as effervescent New York party girl Holly Golightly and George Peppard as her writer neighbor, Breakfast at Tiffany’s—based on a Truman Capote novella—was Hepburn’s “sacred film, the one that defined her,” says her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer, who was a year old when the movie came out. “It’s very rare that a film that is a happy film to make is also a good movie, and my mother kept the friendships that came with it.” Hepburn, who performed the Oscar-winning song “Moon River,” would have honored the 50th anniversary in her classic elegant and unassuming way, says Ferrer: “She would give everybody else credit and then head to the back of the stage.”