For as far back as I can remember, Audrey Hepburn has been one of my greatest heroes. She was uniquely herself, she was an incredible humanitarian, and she made some of the best films of all time. I could spend all day watching and talking about her movies (and, quite often, I have), but today, on what would have been her 86th birthday, I’ll be focusing on my personal favorite—1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
There is just so much to love about this movie. The script is perfect, the score is beautiful, and Audrey—looking her most glam—makes Truman Capote’s already brilliant Holly Golightly a character of her very own. On top of everything, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is filled with lessons we can all take a cue from. I could go on (and on and on), but I’ve limited my list to ten very important things this movie has taught us.
1. Never underestimate the power of $5 therapy
After a long day or a bad night, sometimes a girl just needs a Danish, a cup of tea or coffee and some good old-fashioned window shopping. It does wonders for the soul.
2. Think outside of the box (or inside of the suitcase)
A phone in a suitcase to muffle the sound. Cosmetics in a mailbox for freshening up. A split in half tub for a couch. Shoes in the fridge for…I don’t know…chilled footwear? Nothing Holly does is conventional. She puts her stamp on everything.
3. Calling people by a different name can be totally charming.
Just as long as you don’t call them Benny Shacklett. That guy’s not just a rat but a super rat. Worst insult ever.
4. Cheapo gifts are the best gifts
There is nothing more romantic than an inscribed Cracker Jack ring. Nothing.
5. Always do a background check
If you’re meeting a lawyer at Hamburger Heaven, his license may be questionable.
6. Make nice with your neighbors
You never know when you might need to escape from your apartment and sneak into his window, and if you get really close, he probably won’t even mind if you sit outside singing with your guitar while you dry your hair. On the other hand, when you don’t make nice with your neighbors, they may end up yelling at you and calling the police.
7. Never trust a man’s “decorator friend”
Anyone who dresses like this, has a fondness for marble busts and goes around assuming people are following her is just bad news. Guess what, 2-E? The whole world doesn’t revolve around you. Also, stop calling yourself 2-E.
8. Wait to invest in newfangled gadgets
I bet O.J. Berman couldn’t get a refund on his mechanical bed.
9. Rain kisses are the best kisses
Unless you’re the cat.
10. Books make the best decorations
But we already knew that.