Watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for Audrey Hepburn and the music by Henry Mancini. Wait for the scene when she screams “TIMBER!” But remember, this film was adapted from a novella by Truman Capote. As with most writers, characters are developed through people known to them. Speculation as to who was the direct inspiration for Holly Golightly began at the moment it was published. She was not a prostitute, per se, Capote referred to her as an “American Geisha.” In the novella as well as the film, she befriends wealthy older gentlemen who lavish her with cash and gifts, the speculation as to what she does to earn it is not defined, if she is required to do anything at all.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and released by Paramount Pictures. It is loosely based on the novella of the same name by Truman Capote.
Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly as the naïve, eccentric café society girl is generally considered to be the actress’ most memorable and identifiable role. She herself regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert. Hepburn’s performance of its theme song “Moon River” helped composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer win an Oscar for Best Song.
In 2012, the film was added to the US National Film Registry.