(Christies/Ronald Grant Archive/Associated Press )

On October 5th 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's was first released in the US. It is amazing to think that the iconic film starring Audrey Hepburn has been around for fifty years BUT did you also know that the very beautiful Audrey had her publicity shots for the film retouched - so it isn't only celebrities now who are airbrushed. 

The pictures, which had never been seen before, appear in a new book Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion which is available to buy on Amazon.

The retouched photo's from the book (below) are amazing as you can see where the film's art director has made pencil marks around her eyes, nose and jaw. She was only 32 at the time but clearly they felt her skin needed to look absolutely perfect.

The book is also the only one approved by the Audrey Hepburn estate and is packed with rare images of photos from behind-the-scenes, copies of the original shooting script and has a foreword by the French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, who designed Audrey's clothes in the film. It is such a treat.

The book also documents how Truman Capote (the film was based on his novella) wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly - this seems incredulous now as none of us can imagine anyone but Audrey in the lead role. He said at the time: "It was the most miscast film I've ever seen, Holly Golightly was real — a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all."

The film went on to be nominated for five Oscars and won one for Best Art Direction.

What do you think of Audrey's re-touching? Please do comment on this blog.

To buy: Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion

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