The story behind the film
Hepburn is perfect as Holly, but it could all have been so different if Capote (inset) had got his own way. He had always envisaged his friend Marilyn Monroe in the role, later stating, ‘Holly had to have something touching about her... unfinished. Marilyn had that.’ The film’s producers, though, wanted Hepburn, while Monroe’s Svengali-like acting coach, Lee Strasberg – of New York’s famous Actors Studio – also had other ideas, suggesting that it might not be appropriate for Monroe’s image to play what is, essentially, a call girl. Capote was vocally disparaging of the resulting film, and even subsequently suggested that, were Breakfast At Tiffany’s to be remade ‘correctly’, Jodie Foster would be ‘ the perfect person’ to play the lead.