Truman Capote

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  • Birth Name: Truman Streckfus Persons
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Died: August 25, 1984
  • Profession: Author, Screenwriter
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  • 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.

Awards

  • 1977, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Nominee
  • 1967, Emmy — Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: Winner
  • 1962, Writers Guild Awards — Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Archulus Persons — Father
  • John Dunphy — Significant Other
  • Lillie Mae Faulk — Mother
  • Joseph Capote — Stepfather
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  • Birth Name: Truman Streckfus Persons
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Died: August 25, 1984
  • Profession: Author, Screenwriter