- When his parents divorced in 1928, he moved in with his mother's relatives and met lifelong friend Harper Lee; Capote is said to be the inspiration for the character Dill in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Was adopted by his stepfather at age 10, changing his name to Truman Garcia Capote.
- After high school, worked for The New Yorker magazine.
- First critical success was the bestselling 1948 semiautobiographical novel Other Voices, Other Rooms.
- The 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany's became the basis for the popular 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn.
- In 1966, hosted the legendary Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York. A book detailing the extravaganza is titled Party of the Century by Deborah Davis.
- Close friends with socialite Lee Radziwill, an unsuccessful actress and the younger sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
- Drug and alcohol addiction contributed to controversial television interviews as well as public feuds with contemporaries Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer.
- Tony winner Robert Morse (Tru) and Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) are among the many who have portrayed him.
- 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
- 1967, Emmy — Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: Winner
- 1962, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee
- Archulus Persons — Father
- John Dunphy — Significant Other
- Lillie Mae Faulk — Mother
- Joseph Capote — Stepfather