Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a classic film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, one of the most iconic characters to ever grace us on screen. The movie is based on Truman Capote’s novella and is portrayed beautifully. The story is about a naïve young girl looking for a rich man to marry, but a struggling writer named Paul Varjac (portrayed by George Peppard) befriends her.
Paul lived in the same New York City apartment building as Holly, and the two of them got close. Then, her ex-husband shows up to town, and her brother’s well-being remains in doubt. There are some controversial aspects of the film, like Mickey Rooney’s portrayal I.Y. Yunioshi, and Holly’s occupation. However, none of the scandals hurt the popularity of the film. Here are some interesting facts about the Blake Edwards classic rom-com, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Marilyn Monroe was Almost Holly
Believe it or not, the iconic model and actress, Marilyn Monroe, almost played Holly. In fact, she was the director’s first casting choice. However, Monroe’s advisor and the acting coach was worried that she was being typecast and told her she shouldn’t play a “lady of the evening.” Monroe took her advice.
Capote was particularly upset with how the casting turned out. He was set on Monroe and said that Paramount Pictures “double-crossed me in every way” when they hired Audrey Hepburn as the lead. The unfiltered author even described it as the “most miscast film I’ve ever seen.” Capote later admitted he thinks Tuesday Weld or Jodie Foster would be perfect as Holly in a possible remake.
Audrey Hepburn was Hesitant
Snagging the part of Holly was the role of a lifetime for Audrey Hepburn. It really put her name on the map, but the actress was a little hesitant at first. It’s understandable, especially considering she was going to portray a street worker. “It’s very difficult, and I didn’t think I was right for it,” Hepburn revealed to The New York Times.
“I’ve had very little experience, really, and I have no technique for doing things I’m unsuited to. I have to operate entirely on instinct. It was Blake Edwards who finally persuaded me. He, at least, is perfectly cast as a director, and I discovered his approach emphasized the same sort of spontaneity as my own.”