Truman Capote Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication)
Birth NameTruman Streckfus Persons
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Truman Streckfus Persons. He was a writer, known for Murder by Death (1976), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and The Innocents (1961). He died on August 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Trade Mark (1)

His characters were often emotionally isolated and/or confused about their sexuality

Trivia (18)

He frequently visited legendary New York disco Studio 54 in the late '70s.
He was the inspiration for the character "Dill" in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". He and Lee were childhood friends.
His most famous work is the book "In Cold Blood".
He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of the album "Clutching at Straws" by rock band Marillion (released in 1987).
His longtime partner was Jack Dunphy.
He was a distant relative (seventh cousin once removed) of playwright Tennessee Williams.
Although he wrote only a handful of books during his lifetime, he produced 25 full-length plays, two novels, 60 short stories, more than 100 poems and an autobiography.
The film rights to his novella, "Hand Carved Coffins" were held by producer Dino De Laurentiis and the project was offered to directors Michael Cimino and David Lynch but to date, the project has not been produced.
He rests in a mausoleum next to Heather O'Rourke and Mel Tormé.
His aunt, who helped raise him as a boy, is Marie Rudisill, aka The Fruitcake Lady from the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).
He was called as a defense witness in the second trial of Claus von Bülow, testifying about Sunny's (Martha Sunny von Bulow) history of substance abuse.
He was portrayed by Sam Street in Isn't She Great (2000), Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005), by Toby Jones in Infamous (2006), by Michael J. Burg in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) and by Robert Morse in the award-winning one-man show "Tru" (and the subsequent made-for-TV film, American Playhouse: Tru (1992)).
According to George Plimpton's biography "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career," one of Capote's eccentricities was to walk into a liquor store and ask for a bottle of "Justerini and Brooks" scotch, which is more familiarly known as J&B, which is one of the most famous brand names in the liquor business. Even if a merchant told him the store did not carry the brand (as most people didn't know what the initials stood for), even when it was likely it did carry the brand, Capote would not call it "J&B", even if it meant that he went without it.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 128-130. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
He is mentioned in Walter Kirn's novel "Thumbsucker" and the Allan Sherman song "Oh Boy".
His life was touched by tragedy. His mother committed suicide and, according to the coroner's report, Capote himself died from "liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication".
"Capote" was actually his stepfather's last name.
Despite his diminutive size, he was said to have been an excellent arm wrestler.

Personal Quotes (12)

It's a scientific fact ... For every year a person lives in Hollywood, they lose two points of their IQ.
I think I've written one masterpiece in my career and that's "In Cold Blood". It is a masterpiece and I don't care what anyone says. I think I've also written three or four short stories that are as good as anything written in the English language.
The greatest thing about masturbation is that you don't have to dress up for it.
[on Meryl Streep] She looks like a chicken!
[on Marilyn Monroe] She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.
New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.
[on Marlon Brando] No actor of my generation has possessed greater natural gifts; but none other has transported intellectual falsity to higher levels of hilarious pretension.
[on Humphrey Bogart] He had an image of sophisticated virility and he projected it remarkably well. And with such humor. At last, he had such style that it doesn't wither, it doesn't age, it doesn't date. Like Billie Holiday.
Do you want to know the real reason why I push my hair down on my forehead? Because I have two cowlicks. If I didn't do that it would make me look as though I had two feathery horns.
I don't care what anybody says about me, as long as it isn't true.
"'I thought writers were quite old. Of course William Saroyan isn't old. I met him at a party, and really he isn't old at all. In fact, " she mused, 'if he'd give himself a closer shave...by the way, is Hemingway old?'" [Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's]
[on Marlon Brando, 1957] He looked at people with assurance, and with what can only be called a pitying expression, as though he dwelt in spheres of enlightenment where they, to his regret, did not.

Salary (3)

Stazione Termini (1953) $1,500 /week
Beat the Devil (1953) $1,500 /week
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) $65,000

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