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Truman Capote Biography

Birth Name:
Truman Streckfus Persons
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Author, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1977Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: nominated
  • 1967Emmy-Special Classifications of Individual Achievements: winner
  • 1962Writers Guild Awards-Drama: nominated


  • Archulus Persons -- Father
  • Lillie Mae Faulk -- Mother
  • John Dunphy -- Significant Other
  • Joseph Capote -- Stepfather