Trivia & Fun Facts About BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
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In an early version of the book, Truman Capote named Holly's character Connie Gustafson. Eventually it turned into Holiday Golightly, and then shortened to Holly Golightly.
Breakfast at Tiffany's premiered at Radio City Music Hall on October 5, 1961 to enthusiastic reviews. It was a hit.
Even though Breakfast at Tiffany's was a success and nominated for five Academy Awards, the one person who was not happy with the film was author Truman Capote. He was outspoken in his disapproval of what had been done with his book. He was unhappy with everything: the tone, the casting, the director. He felt betrayed by Paramount. "I had lots of offers for that book, from practically everybody," he said, "and I sold it to this group at Paramount because they promised things, they made a list of everything, and they didn't keep a single one." Capote was unhappy with the casting. "It was the most miscast film I've ever seen," he said. "Holly Golightly was real-a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City and Holly, and, as a result, was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly. It bore as much resemblance to my work as the Rockettes do to Ulanova."
After the release of the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's, author Truman Capote was very vocal about his disdain for the film, and especially the casting of Audrey Hepburn as Holly, a role that he hoped would go to his friend, Marilyn Monroe.
Truman Capote later said that he considered actress Jodie Foster the perfect person to play Holly Golightly as he originally wrote her.
Later both director Blake Edwards and actor Mickey Rooney expressed regret over Rooney's stereotypical portrayal of Japanese photographer Mr. Yunioshi. "Looking back," said Edwards, "I wish I'd never have done it." In his autobiography Life is Too Short, Mickey Rooney says, "I was downright ashamed of my role in Breakfast at Tiffany's...and I don't think the director, Blake Edwards, was very proud of it either."
If you look closely in Holly's quirky apartment, you can tell that her "couch" is really a bathtub sawed in half.
John Frankenheimer was originally slated to direct Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Tiffany's opened its doors on a Sunday for the first time since the 19th century so that filming could take place inside the store.
Although not visible on camera, hundreds of onlookers watched Hepburn's window-shopping scene at the start of the film, which made her nervous.
Hepburn said the scene where she throws Cat out of the cab and into the rainy street was the most distasteful thing she ever had to do on film.
The movie was shot only three months after the birth of Hepburn's first son, Sean Ferrer.
Virginia Mayo read for the part of 2-E, but Patricia Neal was eventually cast in the role.
There were at least 9 different cats used to play Cat.
Famous Quotes from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
"You know those days when you get the mean reds?...If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany's, then I'd buy some furniture and give the cat a name." Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly.
"You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you." Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly.
"If we're going to be friends, let's just get one thing straight right now. I hate snoops!" Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly to George Peppard's Paul Varjak.
"You musn't give your heart to a wild thing." Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly.
"Is that what you really think? That I'm no different from all your other rats and super rats?...If that's what you really think, there's something I want to give you-fifty dollars for the powder room." George Peppard, as Paul Varjak.
"I'm not Holly. I'm not Lulamae either. I don't know who I am. I'm like Cat here. We're a couple of no name slobs. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don't even belong to each other." Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly.
"You know what's wrong with you, Miss whoever you are? You're chicken. You've got no guts. You stick out your chin and say, 'life's a fact. People do fall in love. People do belong to each other,' because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness. You call yourself a free spirit-a wild thing-and you're terrified somebody's going to stick you in a cage. Baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself." George Peppard, as Paul Varjak to Hepburn's Holly.
"I'll tell you one thing, Fred, darling... I'd marry you for your money in a minute."-Audrey Hepburn, as Holly Golightly to Peppard's Paul Varjak.
"The blues are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long, you're just sad that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?"-- Audrey Hepburn to George Peppard.
Compiled by Andrea Passafiume