Interesting People - Holly Golightly

This one's for Hekner:  The heroine of Truman Capote's book Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly, was originally christened “Connie Gustafson”.

(Annotations on Capote’s type-written, hand-edited manuscript of his celebrated novella show that the heroine’s name: Holly Golightly, later famously played by Audrey Hepburn, was originally christened “Connie Gustafson”.

The character was reportedly inspired by Capote’s close friendships with a series of New York society figures, including the heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt; Oona O’Neill, daughter of the playwright Eugene O’Neill; actress Carol Grace; writer Maeve Brennan; and model Dorian Leigh, whom he nicknamed “Happy Go Lucky”.
Thank goodness he changed it! No offense to any Connies or Gustafsons out there, but... )


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