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Blood, Truman Capote, and Holly Golightly

Updated on September 22, 2010
Truman Capote
Truman Capote

 

There are a couple of books that I have just loved by Truman Capote, that have really made an impact on my life and they are In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now both of these books could not be any different than they are.

In Cold Blood is about a cold blooded murder that happens out in a rural western Kansas small town, by a couple of ex-convicts that plan to steal money from the Clutter home, thinking that Mr. Clutter has a safe full of riches. The plan is to tie up the family and steal the money, but of course things go awry and disturbing psychosocial behaviors take over and the whole family ends up getting murdered. Not a happy story, but one that is so totally real; and Truman Capote originally wrote an article about the murders and received such acclaim for the article, that he was compelled to write a book, which became a cult classic. He even visited the murderers in prison and formed a weird relationship with one of the convicts.

This book is one that will stay with you long after you read it. It is disturbing to the point of appalling interest. I personally could not put the book down as much as I wanted to.

In Cold Blood was also made into a movie that captured all the horrifying aspects of the book and even more so I think. One of the main characters was played by Robert Blake, which ironically played in a real life murder accusation of his own when his wife was murdered, although he was acquitted.

The Other Side To Mr. Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a great movie in my humble opinion. The reason I think this movie is so appealing is because of course, of the performance by Audrey Hepburn, who Truman Capote didn’t even have in mind for the movie, he wanted Marilyn Monroe, but Monroe’s press agent really didn’t want her for the role as it portrayed Holly Golightly as a call girl if you will. And he didn’t think Marilyn needed that on her resume. To me this was a perfect thing to have happened and you can call it fate if you want because nobody could’ve captured Holly Golightly like Audrey Hepburn most certainly did.

It is hard to believe that it has been almost 50 years since that movie came out but when you see it now, it really holds up the test of time.

One of the best things that came out of this movie was the films poster where Ms. Hepburn sits with her stylish clothes and long cigarette. Probably the most popular movie poster of all time.

I like that she says in the film that only women who are over 40 can wear diamonds successfully… boy have times changed.

I like that she inspired the song Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1995. I remember it well.

I love the black dress she wore in the movie with the pearls (still a classic look) that was actually auctioned off in 2006 for $806,000.

I love that Audrey Hepburn really went outside the box for this film because it was challenging for her as she was very much an introvert and Holly was an extravert.

Although it is not cool she really made smoking look very stylish.

I love that after all these years the book sells about 30,000 copies every year, which probably wouldn’t have happened if the movie didn’t do as well as it did.

I love that she named her cat “cat”.

It really is a madcap of a movie without any real sense but it is fun to watch because George Peppard and Audrey Hepburn just make the perfect fantasy couple. And I like the happy ending.

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    jboland 

    7 years ago from Chico, CA

    I enjoyed both of these books as well. In Cold Blood was one of my favorites.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    epigramman thanks for reading sir, I always appreciate your feedback and your compliments. Cheers to you.

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    epigramman 

    8 years ago

    ... a compelling hub profile on a literary enigma and so very interesting to read as are all of your hubs - a real nice eclectic mix of which I will use one word to describe them: essential!!!!!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    mysterlady 89 thanks for reading this humble hub and I thank you for your recommendation I will have to check it out and To Kill A Mockingbird is an awesome book. Cheers.

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    mysterylady 89 

    8 years ago from Florida

    I have been thinking about Capote lately because he was a friend of Harper Lee, who wrote TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 50 years ago. You are right that IN COLD BLOOD is totally different from his other novels. By the way, try reading his OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Lee thanks for reading I know what you mean about Capote, the movie that was out about him a couple years ago was quite good and it went more into detail about his relationship with the convict. Maybe he just wanted to get into his head who knows. Thanks again.

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    Lee Barton 

    8 years ago from New Mexico

    In Cold Blood was such a departure for Capote if you compare it to his other stuff. And his personal involvement with one of the murderers really makes it disturbing--but fascinating! Thanks for reminding me; I haven't read Capote for a while.

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Ahh Silver Poet how could I forget him? Yes what a classic. thanks for reading.

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    Silver Poet 

    8 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

    What I also liked about the movie was her feisty neighbor, who was really Mickey Rooney under all that makeup.

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    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for reading Ghost Whisper and I know what you mean I am a sucker for them too. Movies today are good but they just dont have the flair of the old actors and movies. Thanks again.

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    The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

    8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

    Loved the hub! I am an old fan of the mobster movies-and old hollywood-I love Audry and Marilyn-James Dean...my office is plastered ha ha! I always prefer the old movies next to the new ones!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    De Greek hello thanks for reading and guilty as charged. I am versatile in what I read. Since I did take Criminology in college I love true crime stories and can sit through the goriest movies without blinking but I am also a girly girl as well lol. Thanks for reading.

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    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    Mickey Dee thank you and I agree with you both these movies were great in their own right but so different in many ways. Thanks for reading.

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    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    breakfastpop thanks for stopping by and I think that Truman Capote probably did have a split personality amongst all the rest of his demons but he was a genius in his own right. Thanks again.

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    De Greek 

    8 years ago from UK

    You are very versatile girl :-)

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Great hub. It's all so Tru!

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    breakfastpop 

    8 years ago

    Capote was a very versatile and interesting guy. Maybe he had a split personality!

  • ladyjane1 profile imageAUTHOR

    ladyjane1 

    8 years ago from Texas

    drbj I agree with you and thanks for reading. For me its hard to believe that these two books were written by the same author.

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is a film classic. I remember Audrey Hepburn as always providing a touch of class to every movie she was in.

    Class and elegance came naturally to her - her father was a wealthy English banker and her mother, a Dutch baroness. She was born with class.

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