#TBT – Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Like so many things, I was inspired to watch this movie when Cotter made a reference that went over my head. Apparently the main character’s name “Holly Golightly” doubles as a colloquialism used to described a woman who flits from man to man in search, not of love, but of increasing personal benefit.

The character of Holly, famously played by Audrey Hepburn, was originally written for Marilyn Monroe, who turned down the part for fear that depicting a “call girl-esque” character would damage her image.

The movie is loosely based on a novella of the same name written by Truman Capote. The work was apparently so excellent that it prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote “the most perfect writer of my generation,” adding that he, “would not have changed two words in Breakfast at Tiffany’s“.

I’ll avoid reviewing the movie because it’s iconic and I’m not a critic so nobody cares that I don’t think Hepburn’s a great actress. The more important thing is that she’s highly watchable (and her co-star George Peppard is no slouch either). 

Instead, I’ll tell you about my favorite part…the cat.

Known in the movie simply as “cat,” its real-life name was Orangey, an animal actor so famous he has his own Wikipedia page. I don’t usually take note of animals in movies, but this one was startlingly well-trained that I assumed he was animatronic. Not only was he so amazing that he won two “PATSY” awards (the animal actor’s version of an Oscar), but Orangey also carried the role of “Cat” all by himself, a rare feat for an animal actor.

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