The story behind Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Marilyn MonroeIn early drafts of the story Holly was named Connie Gustafson; Capote later changed her name to Holiday Golightly. He apparently based the character of Holly on several different women, all friends or close acquaintances of his. Claims have been made as to the source of the character, the “real Holly Golightly”, in what Capote called the “Holly Golightly Sweepstakes”; including socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, Oona O’Neill, writer/actress Carol Grace, writer Maeve Brennan, writer Doris Lilly, model Dorian Leigh(whom Capote dubbed “Happy Go Lucky”), and her sister, model Suzy Parker. Capote’s biographer Gerald Clarke wrote “half the women he knew …claimed to be the model for his wacky heroine”Clarke also wrote of the similarities between the author himself and the character. There are also similarities between the lives of Holly and Capote’s mother, Nina Capote; among other shared attributes both women were born in the rural south with similar “hick” birth names that they changed (Holly Golightly was born Lula Mae Barnes in Texas, Nina Capote was born Lillie Mae Faulk in Alabama), both left the husbands they married as teenagers and abandoned relatives they loved and were responsible for going to New York, and both achieved “café society” status through relationships with wealthier men, though Capote’s mother was born two decades earlier than the fictional Holly Golightly.Capote was also unsuccessfully sued for libel and invasion of privacy by a Manhattan resident named Bonnie Golightly who claimed that he had based Holly on her.Capote, who sold the film rights of his novella to Paramount Studios, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play Holly Golightly, whom he had described perfectly in the book. Barry Paris references a quote by Capote: “Marilyn was always my first choice to play the girl, Holly Golightly.” Screenwriter Axelrod was hired to “tailor the screenplay for Monroe”. When Lee Strasberg advised Monroe that playing a prostitute would be bad for her image, she turned it down and performed in The Misfits instead. When Hepburn was cast instead of Monroe, Capote remarked: “Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey”. Originally producers Martin Jurow and Richard Shepherd had picked John Frankenheimer as the director, but Hepburn said: “I’ve never heard of him” and he was replaced on her request.
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in addition to all of this she also calls herself a “slave master” at 0:06 in this video
She had fallen behind [in 1949] with not only her rent but also payments on her car. But the chance to up her income came via photographer Tom Kelley who’d been asking her to pose nude for several months. Threatened with repossession of her car, she called his number and on 27 May arrived at Kelley’s studio at 736 North Seward Avenue, to pose nude for a calendar distributed by John Baumgarth. To add a touch of respectability to the proceedings, Marilyn requested that Kelley’s partner Natalie Grasko be in attendance. She explained that she had agreed to pose nude because she was flat broke and felt a debt of gratitude to him for his kindness to her, a complete stranger, on the day her car broke down.
’Begin the Beguine' played on the turntable as Marilyn reclined on a red-velvet blanket; she was paid $50 for her efforts. Years later she described the experience as, 'Very simple… And drafty!', and although the photos are tame compared to modern standards, she was so anxious not to be recognized that she signed the release 'Mona Monroe'.
Within days of meeting DiMaggio [Joe, in March 1952], rumours that Marilyn had once posed naked were impossible to deny when a calendar featuring the nude photos started to appear throughout the country. Marilyn had been forewarned of this by a man in the street who approached her clutching one: ‘This ought to be worth quite a bit of money to you. Suppose I showed it around town?' Marilyn refused to be drawn: 'Mister. I’d just adore for you to show it around Hollywood- would you like me to also autograph it for you?'
Her studio went in a frenzy, with executives demanding first she lie, then say nothing. Ultimately, a prepared statement allowed Marilyn to explain her version of events- she’d been broke and needed money for her rent. She played the sympathy card and was not only forgiven but also loved for her honesty and candour. Once it was clear that the photos would not negatively affect her career, she became quite proud of them. Mayor Johnny Grant, who delivered her a calendar, confirms this: ‘She… was happy to receive it. She had just gotten out of the shower and the only thing she was wearing was a towel- on her head! When she opened the door, she half way hid behind it, exposing almost the same scene I had just seen on the calendar.’
Tom Kelley later said that Marilyn had some role in the photos’ notoriety, since she had given numerous autographed calendars as gifts. Nonetheless, in December 1952, she tried to stop them being used on ashtrays, glasses and cocktail trays: ‘I don’t know exactly what rights I have, but it seems to me I should have some say in the way my own picture is used.’
-FromMarilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed by Michelle Morgan
James Dean photographed by Dennis Stock in Times Square, 1955.
- where does dorian gray buy his clothes?
- at forever 21
dorian gray jokes just never get old
Candids of James Dean. circa 1950s
Sharon Tate chatting on the phone in Patty Duke’s home, 1968
Do you hear the actors sing?
Singing the songs of MGM
It is the music of an era that we’ll never see again
Marilyn Monroe circa 1950s
Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich, Morocco — 1930