I just watched *Breakfast at Tiffany’s *for, I think, the first time. I’ve probably seen it before, but the only part that seemed familiar was throwing the cat out in the rain (which I HATED).
Anyway, throughout the entire movie, I kept thinking how much Marilyn Monroe would have made a more believable Holly Golightly. Now don’t get me wrong, I just adore Audrey Hepburn, but she was just too sophisticated for this role, especially given the character’s “back-woods” background. Hepburn was gorgeous and sophisticated, but Monroe was warmer and cuter, which I think is what the character needed. And Hepburn just could not pull off “quirky.”
After the movie, I went online and looked up the film, and - lo and behold! - I discovered that Truman Capote actually had Marilyn in mind for the role! Wow, I had no idea!
I did, on the other hand, know about Henry Mancini limiting *Moon River *to one octave, to accommodate Hepburn’s limited vocal range (good thing he wasn’t writing for Lauren Bacall).