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Breakfast at Tiffany's - Trivia

Posted by Claudia Moser on 10:16 AM in , , , ,


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.

Author Truman Capote envisioned Marilyn Monroe in the part of Holly Golightly. Monroe was originally cast as Golightly, but her drama coach, Lee Strasberg, told her that playing a call-girl was not good for her image. The film went on to be a huge success, with Monroe's replacement Audrey Hepburn receiving Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress.

Audrey Hepburn hated Danish pastries, making filming the famous opening scene a bit hard for her.

Audrey Hepburn said the scene where she throws Cat 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 H. Ferrer.

The song "Moon River" was written especially for Audrey Hepburn, since she had no training as a singer. The vocals were written to be sung in only one octave.

At a post-production meeting following a screening of the film, a studio executive, in reference to "Moon River," said, "Well, I think the first thing we can do is get rid of that stupid song." Audrey Hepburn stood up at the table and said, "Over my dead body!" The song stayed in the picture.

Steve McQueen was offered the co-starring role. However, he was still under contract for the show Wanted: Dead or Alive, which prevented him from appearing. The role eventually went to George Peppard.

The famous black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening scenes of this movie was sold for $807,000 on December 4, 2006 at Christie's Auction House in London, making it the second most expensive piece of movie memorabilia ever sold. The first is the Best Picture Oscar for Gone with the Wind.

In the famous "it should take you exactly 4 seconds to cross from here to that door. I give you two" scene, it takes Paul exactly 4 seconds from when he starts walking to when he reaches the door.

Holly Golightly wears the same dresses all the way through the movie, simply changing the accessories to give each outfit a different look. Her black shift dress features through the movie at least four times.

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9 Comments


Claudia,
Thank you for all that information about Audrey Hepburn.

I loved her in that film, she was so glamorous and such a lady.

Imagine the movie was filmed only 3 months after her son was born and how amazing she looked!

No mummy tummy there!

Moon River is also one of my favourite songs.


Happy Tuesday

Fiona


@Fiona - she is one of my role models, such a wonderful soul and this was indeed a great movie!


Amazing facts...wonderful research Claudia! I have always loved the Hepburns...Audrey and Katherine! Breakfast at Tiffany's is a golden favorite of mine!

Thanks~


Can you believe I've never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's? My husband and I have been getting older movies that we've been wanting to see from Netflix during the winter (no time in the summer). I'll have to put that on my list!
Thanks for sharing and researching!


Very interesting stats about the movie and the stars. I love trivia!


Love learning tidbits like this about my have actors and movies - and this is one of them. She was just so lovely and classy. I'd kill to have that dress!
Karen


Audrey Hepburn was such a beautiful, classy lady, and I loved that film.You provided us with some really interesting facts there Claudia- very well researched.


Audrey Hepburn came across to me as a simply beautiful person, inside and out.

I still haven't seen this film!


That was a beautiful movie and a classic. I can't even picture anyone other than Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard playing those parts. Funny how that all worked out. I enjoyed reading this post immensely. Thanks.

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