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The Greatest Casting Controversies - And How They Turned Out | Audrey Hepburn IS Holly Golightly
Audrey Hepburn IS Holly Golightly

The film: Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

The actress: Gamine Dutch starlet known for her class.
The character: Flighty kept society girl with depths,

Given that the character is described by author Truman Capote as an “American geisha”, he always imagined a girl whose attractions were, well, pretty front-and-centre. When the novella was turned into a film, he had a clear favourite in mind. “Marilyn [Monroe] was always my first choice to play the girl, Holly Golightly." But, said Capote, “Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey" – who gave a delicate and charming performance that, as it turned out, made the story a very different one but a success all the same.

Capote preferred: Original choice Marilyn Monroe, who was set to star until her acting coach convinced her that playing a prostitute would be bad for her image.

The result: Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her role, and the film has gone on to become a classic. The really appalling casting, to modern eyes, was Mickey Rooney as a ‘comedy’ Japanese character called Mr Yunioshi.

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