Truman Capote

Author, Screenwriter, Actor
A literary genius who crafted tight, flawless prose and displayed keen insight into human nature, author Truman Capote belied his level-headed approach to writing by adopting a flamboyant and often strange public ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Writer (14)

Hello Stranger 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Children on Their Birthdays 2002 (Movie)

(from short story) (Source Material)

A Christmas Memory 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

From Story

In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Other Voices, Other Rooms 1997 (Movie)

("Other Voices, Other Rooms") (Source Material (from novel))

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("The Grass Harp") (Source Material (from novel))

Truman Capote's "The Glass House" 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

From Story

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

("In Cold Blood") (Book as Source Material)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

("Breakfast at Tiffany's") (From Story)

The Innocents 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One Christmas (TV Show)

From Story
Actor (5)

Murder By Death 1975 (Movie)

Lionel Twain (Actor)

Cocksucker Blues 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

(Narrator)

A Visit with Truman Capote 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Christmas Memory (TV Show)

Narrator
Other (1)

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

from stories("Miriam" "Among the Paths to Eden" "A Christmas Memory") (Other)

Biography

A literary genius who crafted tight, flawless prose and displayed keen insight into human nature, author Truman Capote belied his level-headed approach to writing by adopting a flamboyant and often strange public persona. Capote was the toast of high society and one of literature's most promising young authors when he emerged with two of his most revered novels, Other Voices, Other Room (1948) and The Grass Harp (1951). His literary prowess grew with arguably his best work of fiction, Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), which introduced the world to the independent and social-climbing Holly Golightly. But Capote reached his greatest achievement with In Cold Blood (1966), a non-fictional look at the gruesome murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, KS, which was hailed as a groundbreaking work in the true crime genre. But by the time of his premature death in 1984, Capote had lost his social and literary appeal, thanks in large part to crippling drug and alcohol addiction. Sadly, the largest contributor to his low public estimation was Capote himself. Several public feuds with literary contemporaries - notably Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer - as well as becoming an exaggerated self-caricature and a penchant for giving television interviews drunk did nothing to amend the negative perception. Capote attributed much of his personal decline to being snubbed by his jet set friends after he wrote several damning stories for Esquire magazine. But some believe his slide into personal destruction was traced to writing In Cold Blood, which nonetheless turned Capote into an international star and enhanced his reputation as one of the 20th century's finest literary talents.

Relationships

Joe Capote

Step-Father
Cuban adopted Capote c. 1934

Jack Dunphy

Companion
born c. 1914 met Capote in 1948 together until Capote's death in 1984

Lilly Faulk

Mother
divorced Capote's father c. 1929 left child with relatives and moved to NYC later married Joe Capote committed suicide

Archulus Persons

Father
abandoned wife and son c. 1928 did not practice law

EDUCATION

attended military boarding school

Milestones

1989

Was the subject of the posthumously produced one-man Broadway play "Tru", written by Jay Presson Allen and starring Robert Morse

1978

Caused a scandal when he appeared in a drug or alcohol induced stupor on the locally-produced "The Stan Siegel Show" in NYC

1976

Arrested for drunk driving

1976

Feature acting debut, "Murder By Death"

1975

Published "La Cote Basque 1965" in ESQUIRE, the first installment of his unfinished "Answered Prayers"

1968

Richard Brooks' film version of "In Cold Blood" released

1968

Wrote screenplay based on own short stories, "Trilogy"

1966

Non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood" published in January

1966

Hosted his famous Black and White Ball, honoring Katherine Graham

1965

Published first serialized part of "In Cold Blood" in THE NEW YORKER

1961

Filmization based on his story, "Breakfast at Tiffany's

1953

Co-wrote screenplay with director John Huston, "Beat the Devil"

1953

Provided dialogue for the Vittorio DeSica-directed feature, "Indiscretion of an American Wife", starring Jennifer Jones and Montgomery Clift

1948

Published first book of short stories, "Other Voices, Other Rooms"; book became noted as much for its cover photograph that featured Capote lying prone and looking seductively at the camera

1947

Featured in LIFE magazine profile of up and coming writers

1944

Had first short story published in MADEMOISELLE

1942

Worked as a copy boy at THE NEW YORKER

Raised in Monroeville, AL by maternal relatives from age four to age 10

Moved to NYC to live with mother and stepfather (stepfather legally adopted him)

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