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Truman Streckfus Persons was a novelist, screenwriter, playwright and actor, born on 30th September 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, with many of his novels, short stories and plays written under his stepfather’s surname – hence Truman Capote – being recognized as literary classics, including the 1958 novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and the true crime novel “In Cold Blood” (1966). His work led to at least 20 film and television adaptations. He passed away in 1984.

Have you ever wondered how rich Truman Capote was? According to sources it has been estimated that Truman Capote’s overall net worth was $10 million, accumulated through an extraordinarily successful writing career, during which he published more than 30 editions and became one of the 20th century’s best known writers. His career spanned four decades, during which his popularity and net worth increased significantly.

Truman Capote Net Worth $10 Million

Truman Capote was born into a family of odd parents, who largely neglected their son, often leaving his upbringing to other people, meaning that Capote spent most of his childhood with his mother’s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. This is where he made friends with young Harper Lee, who would also later become a famous writer. After his parents’ divorce, Truman moved with his mother and stepfather Joe Capote to New York, and in 1935 his name was changed to Truman Garcia Capote. During schooling, he was a mediocre student as he did well in courses that he was interested in, but paid barely any attention to those he didn’t like. He went to a private boy’s school in Manhattan from 1933 to 1936, where he showed his talent for story-telling and writing. Capote’s family then moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, where Truman started attending Greenwich High School. As his family life became worse due to his mother’s alcoholism, Capote didn’t do well in school, and after the family returned to Manhattan, he had to repeat 12th grade at the Franklin School.

He was still in his teenage years when he got his first job as a copyboy for “The New Yorker” magazine, in which he tried to get his stories published but with no success. Truman eventually left this job to fully dedicate his time to writing. His first successes were short stories, such as “Miriam” which was published in Mademoiselle in 1945, and in 1946 winning the prestigious O. Henry Award. Soon, a few of his other stories were published, such as “A Tree of Light”, “My Side of the Matter” and “Jug of Silver”, which launched his literary career and established his net worth. Two years later, his first novel, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” was published to mixed reviews, but eventually sold well. His collection of short stories, “A Tree of Light”, repeated the success of his novel, and he soon published a book containing his travel essays, entitled “Local Color”. Not long after, in the fall of 1951, his second novel, “The Grass Harp” was also published, and was soon adapted for stage.

In the early ‘50s, Truman started writing film scenarios for films such as “Stazione Termini”, “Beat the Devil” and Henry James novel adaptations “The Turn of the Screw” and “The Innocents”. It was in 1958 that he scored perhaps his greatest success, with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the film version of which was released three years later, starring Audrey Hepburn. In 1965, after years of working on it, Capote published his non-fiction novel “In Cold Blood”, which was based on a true story that he and Harper Lee had witnessed. The novel became an instant best-seller, and truly brought Truman acknowledgement and increased wealth. However, he soon took to drinking and taking tranquilizers, which escalated over the years. His last major work, a collection of non-fiction and fictional pieces, “Music for Chameleons”, was published in 1980.

Privately, Truman’s life-long friend was writer Harper Lee, and the character of Idabel from novel “Other Voices, Other Rooms” was based on her. His partner for a number of years was Jack Dunphy. After suffering from two bad falls, Capote died on 25th August 1984 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, apparemtly also from complications of liver disease.

Quick Facts

Birth date: September 30, 1924
Birth place: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Death date: August 25, 1984
Height:1.6 m
Profession:Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor
Education:Greenwich High School, Dwight School
Nationality:American
Parents:Archulus Persons, Lillie Mae Faulk, Joseph Capote
Movies:Breakfast at Tiffany's, In Cold Blood, Murder by Death, more
Books:In Cold Blood 1966 Other Voices, Other Ro... 1948 Answered Prayers: The Unfin... 1986 Music for Chameleons 1980 The Grass Harp 1951
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Despite his diminutive size, he was said to have been an excellent arm wrestler.
2"Capote" was actually his stepfather's last name.
3His life was touched by tragedy. His mother committed suicide and, according to the coroner's report, Capote himself died from "liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication".
4He is mentioned in Walter Kirn's novel "Thumbsucker" and the Allan Sherman song "Oh Boy".
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 128-130. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
6According to George Plimpton's biography "Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career," one of Capote's eccentricities was to walk into a liquor store and ask for a bottle of "Justerini and Brooks" scotch, which is more familiarly known as J&B, which is one of the most famous brand names in the liquor business. Even if a merchant told him the store did not carry the brand (as most people didn't know what the initials stood for), even when it was likely it did carry the brand, Capote would not call it "J&B", even if it meant that he went without it.
7Portrayed by Sam Street in Isn't She Great (2000), Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005), by Toby Jones in Infamous (2006), by Michael J. Burg in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) and by Robert Morse in the award-winning one-man show "Tru" (and the subsequent made-for-TV film, American Playhouse: Tru (1992)).
8Was called as a defense witness in the second trial of Claus von Bülow, testifying about Sunny's [Martha Sunny von Bulow] history of substance abuse.
9His aunt, who helped raise him as a boy, is Marie Rudisill, aka The Fruitcake Lady from the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).
10Rests in a mausoleum next to Heather O'Rourke and Mel Tormé.
11The film rights to his novella, "Hand Carved Coffins" were held by producer Dino De Laurentiis and the project was offered to directors Michael Cimino and David Lynch but to date, the project has not been produced.
12Although he wrote only a handful of books during his lifetime, he produced 25 full-length plays, two novels, 60 short stories, more than 100 poems and an autobiography.
13Was a distant relative (seventh cousin once removed) of playwright Tennessee Williams.
14Longtime partner was Jack Dunphy.
15He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of the album "Clutching at Straws" by rock band Marillion (released in 1987).
16His most famous work is the book, "In Cold Blood."
17Is the inspiration for the character "Dill" in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". He and Lee were childhood friends.
18Frequently visited legendary New York disco Studio 54 in the late '70s.


Net Worth & Salary

TitleSalary
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)$65,000
Beat the Devil (1953)$1,500 /week
Stazione Termini (1953)$1,500 /week


Trademarks

#Trademark
1His characters were often emotionally isolated and/or confused about their sexuality


Quotes

#Quote
1I don't care what anybody says about me, as long as it isn't true.
2Do you want to know the real reason why I push my hair down on my forehead? Because I have two cowlicks. If I didn't do that it would make me look as though I had two feathery horns.
3[on Humphrey Bogart] He had an image of sophisticated virility and he projected it remarkably well. And with such humor. At last, he had such style that it doesn't wither, it doesn't age, it doesn't date. Like Billie Holiday.
4[on Marlon Brando] No actor of my generation has possessed greater natural gifts; but none other has transported intellectual falsity to higher levels of hilarious pretension.
5New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.
6[on Marilyn Monroe] She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.
7[on Meryl Streep] She looks like a chicken!
8The greatest thing about masturbation is that you don't have to dress up for it.
9I think I've written one masterpiece in my career and that's "In Cold Blood". It is a masterpiece and I don't care what anyone says. I think I've also written three or four short stories that are as good as anything written in the English language.
10It's a scientific fact ... For every year a person lives in Hollywood, they lose two points of their IQ.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classifications of Individual AchievementsABC Stage 67 (1966)· Eleanor Perry (adapter)
1962EdgarEdgar Allan Poe AwardsBest Motion PictureThe Innocents (1961)· William Archibald

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - MaleMurder by Death (1976)
1962WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Written American DramaThe Innocents (1961)· William Archibald


Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Children on Their Birthdays2002short story
A Christmas Memory1997TV Movie story
In Cold Blood1996TV Mini-Series book - 2 episodes
Other Voices, Other Rooms1995novel
The Grass Harp1995novella
One Christmas1994TV Movie short story "One Christmas"
Hello Stranger1992story
American Playhouse1992TV Series writings - 1 episode
Il fascino dell'insolito1980TV Series short story - 1 episode
Camera Three1977TV Series story - 1 episode
The Glass House1972TV Movie story
Der kopflose Falke1971TV Short short story
Trilogy1969screenplay / stories "A Christmas Memory", "Miriam" and "Among the Paths to Eden"
Laura1968/ITV Movie screenplay
The Thanksgiving Visitor1967TV Movie adaptation / story
Among the Paths to Eden1967TV Movie story
In Cold Blood1967based on the book by
ABC Stage 671966TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miriam1965TV Short play
Ruohojen harppu1965TV Movie play "The Grass Harp"
The Innocents1961screenplay
Breakfast at Tiffany's1961based on the novel by
Play of the Week1960TV Series writer - 1 episode
De grasharp1959TV Movie
Das Glück sucht seine Kinder1958TV Movie
ITV Play of the Week1957TV Series play - 1 episode
Encounter1954TV Series 1 episode
Beat the Devil1953screenplay
Indiscretion of an American Wife1953dialogue
Kraft Theatre1952TV Series play - 1 episode
Miriam2013Short story / writer
Love, Marilyn2012Documentary excerpts from memoirs
In the Bright Light of Noon2010Short writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Annie Hall1977Truman Capote Truman Capote Look-Alike (uncredited)
Murder by Death1976Lionel Twain
Trilogy1969Narrated by (segment "A Christmas Memory") (voice, as Mr. Capote)
The Thanksgiving Visitor1967TV MovieNarrator
ABC Stage 671966TV SeriesNarrated by

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances1985TV Series writer - 1 episode
Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments1973TV Special writer: "I Never Has Seen Snow"
Peterson Plays Farnon... ...Plays Peterson1969TV Movie writer: "A Sleepin' Bee"
The Ed Sullivan Show1961TV Series writer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dick Cavett Show1977-1980TV SeriesHimself
Today1980TV SeriesHimself
The Cheap Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Author
Good Morning America1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles1975TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1974TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
V.I.P.-Schaukel1974TV Series documentaryHimself
The Dean Martin Show1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Jack Paar Tonite1973TV SeriesHimself
Cocksucker Blues1972DocumentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
Beaton by Bailey1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
Laugh-In1971TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
With Love from Truman1966Documentary shortHimself
Tempo1961TV SeriesHimself
The David Susskind Show1959TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHimself
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Joy of Disco2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel2011DocumentaryHimself
Public Speaking2010Documentary
De par en par2008TV SeriesLionel Twain
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe2007DocumentaryHimself
Truman Capote: Answered Prayers2006Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends2006Video documentary shortHimself
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story1998TV MovieHimself
Un siècle d'écrivains1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Last Dance1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself

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