The 1961 Paramount film Breakfast at Tiffany’s was loosely adapted from the 1958 novella of the same name by Truman Capote. Capote’s encouraging words to Audrey regarding her casting in the now iconic role present a striking contradiction to the oft quoted opinions he voiced elsewhere. Biographer Barry Paris cited Capote’s remark that Marilyn was always my first choice to play the girl, Holly Golightly… Paramount double-crossed me in every way and cast Audrey. By repute, Monroe turned down the part when her acting coach Paula Strasberg advised her not to play a lady of the night. Capote explained to Lawrence Grobel It was the most miscast film I’ve ever seen…And although I’m very fond of Audrey Hepburn, she’s an extremely good friend of mine, I was shocked and terribly annoyed when she was cast in that part. It was high treachery on the part of the producers. They didn’t do a single thing they promised. Capote’s sign off Mille Tendresse, aptly reflects the last words Holly writes to Fred at the close of the novella.