Jewelry Store Therapy: The Breakfast at Tiffany's Quiz

Bambi Turner

What color does Holly use to describe the blues?

Holly uses the term "mean reds" to describe a sensation that she is afraid, but not sure what of. It's like the blues, but much worse, and it's what drives her to Tiffany's for a pick-me-up.

Who wrote the book that inspired the movie?

Truman Capote's 1958 novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was changed fairly dramatically to create a film acceptable to Hollywood.

Who played Holly Golightly in the film?

Audrey Hepburn had to be convinced to take on the role of Holly -- which Truman Capote wrote with Marilyn Monroe in mind.

Capote wrote the character of Holly Golightly as a prostitute.

While Holly goes on outings with men for money and gifts, Capote has specifically said that she was not an escort. Instead, he described her as an American version of the Japanese geisha.

What does Holly give to Sally Tomato?

Holly is paid handsomely to make regular trips to Sing Sing so she can give gangster Sally Tomato "the weather report."

Who is Holly's love interest in the film?

George Peppard plays writer Paul Varjack, who moves into Holly's building and quickly falls in love with her.

What does Paul call his decorator Emily Eustace Failenson?

Paul refers to Emily by the number of her apartment -- 2E. He calls her his decorator, but it's clear that he is serving as an escort of sorts for Emily.

What is the name of Holly's brother?

Holly's brother Fred is in the Army, and she's trying to save money to support him when he comes home. Because Paul reminds her so much of her brother, she often refers to him as Fred as well.

Where does Holly's husband live?

Holly was married to Doc Golightly -- a Texas veterinarian, but leaves him to pursue a different sort of life in New York. He appears in the movie to try and convince her to come home, but she refuses.

What is Holly's real name?

Holly Golightly was once Lula Mae Barnes, but she changed her name and image when she decided to leave small-town life behind in favor of the big city.

Holly has high hopes of marrying a politician from this country.

Holly has her eye on Brazilian politician Jose de Silva Pereira -- mostly because of his wealth -- but he ends up dumping her in the end.

What does Holly search for in a rain-soaked alley?

After tossing her cat out of a taxi, Holly heads out into the pouring rain to find him in a New York alley.

Who played Mr. Yunioshi in the film?

Wearing a mouthpiece to create a truly offensive "Japanese" accent, Mickey Rooney took on the role of Mr. Yunioshi.

What year was the film released?

The Blake Edwards film hit theaters in 1961 and became an instant classic.

What song does Holly sing on her fire escape?

Henry Mancini wrote the music and Johnny Mercer penned the lyrics to "Moon River" specifically for Holly to sing in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

How many Oscars did the movie win?

The film picked up two Oscar wins in 1962 -- for Best Original Song and Score. Audrey Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress, but lost to Sophia Loren.

Holly and Paul don't get together in the book.

That romantic kiss at the end of the movie was a Hollywood creation; in the book, an unnamed narrator tells us Holly's story, but there's no love affair at all.

What is the only clue found to Holly's location after the narrator loses track of her in the book?

In the book, no one knows what happens to Holly. The only clue is a wood carving found in Africa that slightly resembles the whimsical woman.

Marilyn Monroe turned down the lead role in the film.

Concerned over Holly's status as an escort led Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak and Shirley Maclaine to turn down the part of Holly.

Which of these actors almost played the role of Paul?

Producers picked Steve McQueen to play Paul, but he was unable to accept the role because he was under contract for another project. Tony Curtis was considered, but the role ultimately went to George Peppard.

Holly dabbled in marijuana in the book.

Though it was cut from the film adaptation, Holly indulged in marijuana in Capote's book, though she claimed to prefer brandy to the drug.

Who played Holly in the 1966 musical adaptation of the novel?

Five years after the movie premiered, a musical version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" starring Mary Tyler Moore premiered. It lasted for only four nights before producers pulled the plug and the show was cancelled.

Alan Reed -- who voiced Sally Tomato -- also voiced this character.

It may seem unlikely, but there is a connection between the iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "The Flinstones;" Alan Reed not only voiced Fred, but he was also gangster Sally Tomato.

In which era was the novel set?

Truman Capote's novella was set in the 1940s and focused on Holly as a teenager. The movie was set in the '60s, and Audrey Hepburn was around 30 when she starred as Holly.

Some scenes from the movie were actually filmed at Tiffany's.

Filming in the famous jewelry store required Tiffany's to open its doors on a Sunday for the first time in a century.

Holly was inspired by a real person.

Despite rumors that Holly was inspired by Gloria Vanderbilt or some other celebrity, Truman Capote claimed that Holly was based on a woman he met when he moved to New York in the 1940s.

How many different cats were used in the film?

Nine different cats were used to play Holly's beloved Cat, and Hepburn stated that throwing one of the cats out into the rain was one of the most distasteful things she had ever done.

Truman Capote loved the film version of his novel.

Capote referred to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as the most miscast movie he had ever seen, and claimed that Jodie Foster would have been a much better fit in the role of Holly.

Who made Holly's iconic little black dress?

One of film's most famous outfits, Holly's Givenchy dress sold for $900,000 in 2006.

What year was the song "Breakfast at Tiffany's" released?

The band Deep Blue Something named their 1993 tune after the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's," but the lyrics were actually inspired by "Roman Holiday," another Hepburn classic.

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Take a girl who makes her money in mysterious ways, add in a handsome neighbor and a feline companion and you've got "Breakfast at Tiffany's," a film that's as relevant today as it was half a century ago. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of this movie masterpiece.

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