When I was a little girl, my step-father gave my mom a copy of three of Audrey Hepburn’s movies that I would watch on my laptop from time to time. Her charisma on screen and personal life blurred into one character, the main character of the film, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. So, as a normal fan would do, I began to investigate the movie and break down why I related to Holly Golightly so much and purchased the book that it was based on. It was based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote, however, I didn’t pick up the book again until recently to refresh my memory of how the story actually went. Holly Golightly’s story is a fish in a bigger pond type of story and that is what attracted me to the film in the first place.
Upon researching for this blog post, I stumbled on an article from Vogue written in 2015, just a year after I graduated from Arts and Communication Magnet Academy. The author of the article wrote that Truman Capote’s first pick for Holly Golightly was Audrey Hepburn and I was thrilled by that. Audrey Hepburn had almost the same charisma as Holly was portrayed in the book. The dress that she wore in the movie was especially designed just for her which made me smile, brightly. I love that dress and made me wonder if I could even live up to her expectations when it comes to me writing screenplays about my life when I arrive in New York City. I learned from the Vogue article that you can personally buy Audrey Hepburn’s sunglasses for a whopping four hundred and forty American dollars. The pearls that Audrey wore in the opening scene reminded me so much of the type of jewelry that my mom wore when she married my father way back in 1995.
I also learned from the same article Paul Varjak was originally offered to Steve McQueen. He’s an actor during that time who was formerly married to Filipino-American Stage and Screen Actress, Nelie Adams. She had to use a stage name so that she wouldn’t get affected by color typecasting of the times. That’s the downside of the film. Asians getting typecasted for their race and not for their talents that they could bring to the table. Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of the Chinese landlord was too offensive nowadays that people back then tend to overlook. This also includes the portrayal of Paul Varjak’s sexuality. In the novel, Paul’s sexuality was homosexual which would get a lot of critism by the general public during those times.
Growing up a Roman Catholic, I wanted nothing more than to be accepted by my family for who I am. At the age of twenty-one, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and it took me almost two years to finally accept my diagnosis. I was down and lonely that the only shoulder I could lean on was Holly Golightly. I admired her for what she had to put up with along the way. My sudden interest in looking up more characters and breaking them down grew even more so than ever before. I was suddenly interested in looking up Elle Woods, Loki Laufeyson, just to name a few including characters that I loved to hate as a child. I noticed a slight pattern. A pattern that would immediately send me off running ahead of the line.
The pattern started while I was checked into Unity. I began to write and write until I filled up almost six forty-paged notebooks just like how Holly Golightly would sit by the window sill playing her guitar and singing Moon River. I couldn’t get myself to sleep on time for two days that I would write poetry and lines for poems. I would also doodle on the page that I wrote a line on. It was there that I learned so much about myself and so much more stuff that I relate to Holly Golightly.
As depicted in the film, Holly Golightly has a pet cat. A cat is an independent animal and doesn’t need the attention of its caretaker. Holly’s cat reminded me so much of my sister, Janna. She’s always in a catty mood whenever she gets home from Oregon State University. I don’t blame her as our home tends to get a little rowdy from time to time. Unlike Holly’s cat, my sister is someone that I could talk to and share all of my inner thoughts and feelings to. She’s been a great help and someone I go to for advice and counselling from time to time. My sister is the one person that I go to for relationship advice and vice versa. We are naturally that close as siblings that people might seem to believe or know of. I know that it’s pretty rare for siblings to be naturally close to each other.
I haven’t been more in love with anything than I am with the motion picture. The movies have always been my first love, my shoulder to cry on, and my gallon of ice cream on a bad day. I was seventeen years old when I fell in love with movies and I was twenty-four years old when I figured that my love for the movies is how passionate I am to pursue a career in film.
- Heyman, Jessie. “10 Things You Never Knew About ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’” Vogue, 4 May 2015, www.vogue.com/article/audrey-hepburn-birthday-breakfast-at-tiffanys.
- Edwards, Blake, director. Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Paramount Pictures, 1961.Capote, Truman. Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Random House, 1958.