why this role changed everything for Audrey Hepburn (and Hollywood)

In 1961, Audrey Hepburn create surprise in Diamonds on the couch e Blake Edwards. Back to a protagonist who breaks the codes of female characters.

She shocked the audience and critics as a woman with an unpleasant lifestyle. For Blake Edwards, Audrey Hepburn put herself in the place of call girl Holly Golightly, taking the risk of playing a character contrary to his usual roles. This character, created from scratch by a certain Truman Capotetoday it symbolizes a breath of fresh air for actresses and the possibility of embodying women with nuances.

After a trip to Fifth Avenue

The Making of Holly Golightly

It was in the warm company of countless coffee houses that Truman Capote wrote one of his greatest hits. Long before this beautiful gem signed Blake Edwards, Diamonds on the couch is a literary work, which we owe to the great New York writer. A novel with a more than sassy female protagonist, a luxury call girl.

Released in 1958, Breakfast at Tiffany’s it is not an innocent and good story in every way. In his story, Capote tells the story of Holly Golightly, a woman of cemented grief who fled her obligations as a mother in the depths of her native Texas to enjoy the freedom of extravagant New York. AND it is through prostitution that she will be able to rub shoulders with the greats of this world. All sprinkled with a grace and elegance almost akin to grace, contrasted with sorrow and aggravated by the divine pen of a sharp-eyed Capote.

Because to nurture the character of Holly Golightly, Truman Capote was inspired by the women he himself knew during his life. An omnipresent figure in New York society, Capote surrounded himself with what he called “swans” for years. But one of all these rich beauties especially had his love and interest. She responded to his sweet name Babe Paley.

Diamonds on the sofa: photo, Audrey HepburnAn aristocratic looking call girl

Like the character in the novel it inspired, Paley was a woman of details. The wife of the founder of CBS, she was perhaps one of the most powerful women on the East Coast during the 1950s. From her walk to her head, passing by her unclassifiable elegance, she intoxicated her friend and confidant Truman Capote, who until the end of his days had eyes only for her.

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