Many aspects of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s are easily recognizable, whether or not one has seen the film: Audrey Hepburn’s outfit in the opening scene, the allure of Tiffany & Co., and how the character of Holly Golightly challenged views on women.
For others who can’t get enough of the film, here are some interesting facts that you may want to know.
The role of Holly Golightly was supposed to have been played by Marilyn Monroe.
Truman Capote, the author of the 1958 novella the film was adapted from, wanted Monroe to play Holly Golightly, but she turned it down because she was advised that she “should not be playing a lady of the evening.” Audrey Hepburn ended up playing the part, and it became one of her most iconic roles.
The façade of Holly Golightly’s apartment was shot on-location.
You can find it on East Seventy-first Street in Manhattan, New York.
The famous sunglasses Hepburn wore are by Oliver Goldsmith.
This is contrary to the popular belief that they were Ray-Bans. You can purchase the “Manhattan,” an exact replica of the iconic pair, for US$365.
Hepburn didn’t care much for Danish pastries.
She reportedly preferred ice cream at Schrafft’s, according to a New York Times article in 1960.
“Moon River” was composed for the film and to suit Hepburn’s voice.
Hepburn’s singing voice was “threadlike and extremely limited in range, though always in tune,” which posed a challenge for composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer. The president of Paramount Pictures wanted the song removed from the film, to which Hepburn reportedly told him that it would be over her dead body. Fortunately, the song remained in the movie and on its soundtrack and even garnered multiple awards—four Oscars each for Mancini and Mercer.
Orangey, who played “Cat” in the film, is an award-winning cat.
According to his IMDb page, Orangey is the only feline double-winner of the Patsy Award, which is the animal kingdom’s equivalent of the Oscars. The orange tabby was awarded for his performance in Rhubarb (a 1951 film about a cat that owns his own baseball team) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Hepburn’s dress was designed especially for her.
You can now have breakfast at Tiffany’s.
You will no longer have to stand outside with a Danish and a cup of coffee to relive the iconic scene. Tiffany & Co. just opened the Blue Box Café on the fourth floor of its Fifth Avenue branch. The menu includes coffee, avocado toast, and “Tiffany Tea,” and starts at US$29.