Yes, we all know Holly Golightly's radiant style is timeless -- but it's officially been 50 years since "Breakfast at Tiffany's" graced the silver screen.
A loose adaptation of Truman Capote's novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is perhaps best remembered for Audrey Hepburn's remarkable performance as the free-spirited cafe society girl Golightly. No doubt Golightly's look -- the little black dress paired with pearls and a cigarette holder -- continues to influence fashionistas; the character herself is said to have been a prototype for "Sex and the City" heroine Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the HBO series and subsequent films.
Moviefone notes that Hepburn almost didn't get the role, and had to compete against Marilyn Monroe (considered Capote's choice), Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine and Kim Novak. As for the film's enduring appeal, The Washington Post quotes "Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Modern Woman” author Sam Wasson:
“Audrey's Holly showed that glamour was available to anyone, no matter what their age, sex life, or social standing. Grace Kelly's look was safe, Doris Day's was undesireable, and Elizabeth Taylor's — unless you had that body — unattainable, but in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' Audrey’s was democratic.”
In honor of the anniversary, take a look back at "Breakfast at Tiffany's" -- as well as four other memorable movies released 50 years ago:
Loosely based on Truman Capote's novella, "Breakfast At Tiffany's" is generally considered Audrey Hepburn's most memorable performance. The film's fashion and style is considered to be one of Hollywood's most iconic, and Hepburn's free-spirited Holly Golightly is said to have been the prototype for Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in "Sex and the City."
This live-action Disney hit -- about a pair of identical twins (both played by Hayley Mills) who meet at summer camp, unaware they are sisters -- was considered a technical feat at the time of its release. Watch the "twins" perform the classic song "Let's Get Together" in this clip.
Featuring music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, this loose re-telling of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is usually cited as the ultimate movie musical, and snatched up 10 Academy Awards after its release.
Walt Disney's 17th full-length animated feature -- about a pack of dalmatian puppies which is kidnapped by a wealthy and materialistic woman with a thing for fur coats -- was the year's tenth highest grossing film.
"The Misfits" saw Marilyn Monroe working with then-husband Arthur Miller, who penned the screenplay, and Clark Gable, an actor who was frequently cited by Monroe as a childhood inspiration. At the time, "The Misfits" -- which was the final screen appearance for both Gable and Monroe -- was considered a box office flop, but has gone on to be considered one of Monroe's best performances.