The iconic Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn premiered in theatres on this day in 1961. Hepburn is an absolute legend, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s may make the cake as her most famous film.
Based on a Truman Capote novella of the same name, Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows Holly Golightly, a café society girl in New York City as she falls in love with her neighbor, struggling writer Paul Varjak.
Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly is nothing short of breathtaking. She effortlessly adapts the persona of this eccentric, outspoken, and occasionally naïve young woman.
The Film Recieved 4 Academy Award Nominations
Breakfast at Tiffany’s received major commercial and critical success upon its release. The film grossed $14 million on a $2.5 million budget. The film received 4 Oscar nominations at the 34th academy awards. It won the best original score and best original song for “Moon River.”
Therefore, today, The Academy tweeted in celebration of Breakfast at Tiffany’s:
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released 60 years ago today on October 5, 1961,” the Acadamy wrote. “The beloved film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn’s iconic portrayal of Holly Golightly.”
They also tweeted a quote from the film when Hepburn said, “The only thing that does any good is to jump in a cap and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there.”
Now, the Library of Congress considers the film, “culturally, historically or aesthetically” important. In 2012, the National Film Registry elected to preserve Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
ParamoBreakfast at Tiffany’s was released at the dawn of a cultural revolution in the United States. According to NPR, Holly was a character at the cusp of a changing cultural tide. Therefore, her autonomy, charisma, and attitudes are a fascinating look at a turning point in American Society.
The comedy, historical importance, and the ever-lovable presence of Audrey Hepburn make this film a serious must-watch.
Hepburn’s Role in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Helped Make her an Icon
According to Time Magazine, Breakfast at Tiffany’s was a film that helped set Hepburn on her path to superstardom. While she had already been in plenty of roles, Breakfast at Tiffany’s set her up on the course of films she partakes in the 60s.
The publication attributes Hepburn’s role as Holly to having major influences on her roles in Charade, How to Steal a Million, and Paris When It Sizzle.
When many people think of Hepburn, the first image that comes to mind is the iconic image of her in that black dress, with that necklace and cigarette holder. The film left an important mark on not just the film industry, but on culture.