12 Things You Didn’t Know About Breakfast At Tiffany’s

  
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It’s been an astounding fifty-six years since Audrey Hepburn floated across old New York as Holly Golightly in the opening scene of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Since it’s inception, the film has transcended the big screen and became a cultural icon as one of most beloved romantic comedies of all time. Hepburn’s role as socialite Holly Golightly enchanted generations of moviegoers with her beguiling charm, timeless beauty and untouchable grace. Despite the time that has passed, the visual eloquence that Hepburn exuded on screen created a cult-following that still remains today. If you find yourself feeling nostalgic, yearning for the magical streets of Manhattan in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, follow along to discover 12 things you probably didn’t know about the classic film:

12. The signature song “Moon River” was almost cut from the film

After watching a preview of the film before it’s screening debut, Paramount executive Martin Rackin supposedly requested the song “Moon River” be removed from the final cut. The romantic tune was composed by Henry Mancini and written by Johnny Mercer and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Rumors have surfaced that when the news broke that “Moon River” was going to be removed, the habitually polite Hepburn responded with “over my dead body.” Needless to say, “Moon River” remained an integral aspect of the film and created a music legacy.

Photo By: Everett Collection

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11. The production crew went through 200 boxes of Cracker Jacks before finding a ring

Rumor has it that the production crew found it harder than anticipated to find a ring in a Cracker Jack box and had to go through approximately 200 boxes before finding the hidden gem used on set! Paul and Holly attempt to have the ring engraved at Tiffany’s in a comical scene where an astute salesman points them to products in the store that are under their budget of a mere $10. The salesman surrenders and allows them to have their ring engraved after explaining that Tiffany’s prides itself on being accommodating. Holly replies by pecking the salesman’s cheek and exclaiming to Paul, “Didn’t I tell you this was a lovely place?!”

By: John McGiver, 1961

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