Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Paramount, 1961)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was an American romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam and Mickey Rooney. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella of the same name. Hepburn’s role as Holly Golightly is considered to be her most memorable and identifiable role. Hepburn herself regards this role as one of her most challenging as she is an introvert and had to play an extravert. Breakfast at Tiffany’s won two Oscars (Best Original Score and Best Original Song for
Moon River). In 2012, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry.
In the film, a lonely, struggling writer (Peppard) becomes enchanted with his neighbor, a young, independent woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchant for high fashion and wild parties (Hepburn). But soon, he uncovers the vulnerability she has in her heart.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was produced for $2.5 million and brought in $14 million. Over the years, the film has been adapted into several stage adaptations. In 1996, Deep Blue Something released a single of the same name. Their Breakfast at Tiffany’s was actually more inspired by Hepburn’s 1953 film Roman Holiday.