Things You Never Knew About Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Things You Never Knew About Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the 1961 Truman Capote adaptation that is forever synonymous with the generously browed actress Audrey Hepburn. Here are six things that you probably never knew about Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Truman Capote wanted Marilyn Monroe to star Holly Golightly

Sam Wasson, author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ said that Marilyn Monroe was Truman Capote’s first choice. But Marilyn didn’t take part in the movie as Paula Strasberg, her advisor and acting coach, said that she should not play a lady of the evening. Capote was reportedly very disappointed that the studio Paramount went with Audrey Hepburn.

Hepburn’s dress was designed especially for her

In 1961, Hubert de Givenchy designed the famous black dress for the turn as Holly Golightly of Audrey Hepburn. After Hepburn’s death in 1993, Givenchy donated the satin gown to City of Joy Aid, and in 2006 it was auctioned off at Christie’s for above $900,000.

In spite of the famous shot, Hepburn did not care much for Danish

According to a New York Times report in 1960, Miss Hepburn had no affection for the Danish, preferring ice cream at Schrafft’s.

Holly Golightly’s apartment went on sale in 2011

Although the interiors of Holly Golightly’s apartment were reportedly shot on a sound stage, the famous façade is very much in scene. Located on East Seventy-first Street, Manhattan, which is just a stone’s throw from the flagship of Tiffany, the townhouse, featuring three bedrooms and a solarium, was listed for $5.85 million.

You can buy Holly Golightly’s famous shades

Some have mistaken the oversize glasses of Hepburn for Ray-Bans , but they are actually made by Oliver Goldsmith. In 2011, the glasses were rereleased for the 50th anniversary of the movie, and can now be had for $440.

Paul Varjak’s role was originally offered to Steve McQueen

Director Blake Edwards of Breakfast at Tiffany’s reportedly wanted Steve McQueen to play the role of Audrey Hepburn’s paramour. Although McQueen was interested in the part, his commitment to the film Wanted: Dead or Alive precluded him from accepting the role which would inevitably go to George Peppard.