It’s difficult to believe “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was released 50 years ago on Wednesday (Oct. 5) because the movie is just so beautifully timeless. But, the film — based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote — was, in fact, made in 1961.
Audrey Hepburn starred as the gamine, Givenchy-clad Holly Golightly — a sort of proto-typical Carrie Bradshaw who was living her dream of being young, single and fabulous in New York. George Peppard (“The A-Team”) co-starred as her new upstairs neighbor and love interest. And, in one unfortunate bit of casting that is the movie’s only weak spot and indelibly ties it to a different era, Mickey Rooney played Mr. Yunioshi, Golightly’s caricature of a Japanese neighbor.
Still, the movie and Hepburn’s turn as Golightly remain iconic. Women still seek the perfect little black dress, celebs still sport oversized sunglasses and navigating one’s young adulthood remains a dangerous, if exhilarating exercise.
Because we heart Holly, Audrey and the movie so much, we wanted to share five ways to celebrate them online:
1. If you haven’t seen the movie, then at least take a couple of minutes to watch the trailer:
2. Watch Hepburn sing the movie’s signature song, “Moon River.” She hasn’t got the strongest voice, but it’s magical just the same:
3. Get lost in NBC’s photo blog of stills from the movie and set. And, yes, smoking was still cool in 1961.
4. And because she was more than just Holly Golightly, browse through LIFE’s gallery of Hepburn images.
5. Take a moment to heave a giant sigh of relief that Marilyn Monroe didn’t get the part. (Capote had reportedly wanted her to play the role, but Paramount went with Hepburn.)