Audrey Hepburn on Movies and Music

Audrey Hepburn, British actress, model, dancer, humanitarian and fashion icon was also a keen letter writer.  In 1961 she starred in the romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s which was based on Truman Capote’s novel. Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly, a naïve, eccentric socialite became one of her most memorable and distinguishing roles. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s would not be the iconic film it is without Henry Mancini’s memorable musical score. It is impossible to imagine the film without his melancholy “Moon River”. Hepburn loved the song and reportedly said “Over my dead body!” when a studio executive wanted it removed from the film. 

In the following letter from Hepburn to Mancini, she praises Mancini for his music. The letter was written shortly after Hepburn saw “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Mancini’s full score for the first time. Mancini who would go on to win an Academy Award for the film for Best original score and Best Original song. 

Dear Henry,

I have just seen our picture – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – this time with your score.

A movie without music is a little bit like an aeroplane without fuel. However beautifully the job is done, we are still on the ground and in a world of reality. Your music has lifted us all up and sent us soaring. Everything we cannot say with words or show with action you have expressed for us. You have done this with so much imagination, fun and beauty.

You are the hippest of cats – and the most sensitive of composers!

Thank you, dear Hank.

Lots of love


Audrey Hepburn Letter Breakfast at Tiffanys

Via Letters of Note