Six Degrees to Truman Capote

As part of my Throwback Thursday Fangirl Retro TV series, I’m going to also talk about movies, actors, and weird and wacky stuff. This week I’m going to do something a little different.

My brain is like the scary/artsy part of town: It can be fun to visit, but you don’t want to stay too long because you just don’t know what kind of weird shit you’ll encounter. It might be cool, it might be boring, but it’s all a little scary. But I hope you hang out with me anyway.

Now it’s time for …

Six Degrees to Truman Capote!

This all started when one day I happened to have the TV turned to the station called MeTV (the instigator to much of my recent retro wanderings), which airs classic TV shows. Perry Mason happened to be on. I’d never watched Perry Mason before I discovered it on MeTV. Oh, I knew about it—it was a hugely popular show during its original run, and is often cited/quoted/referred to in other shows. But since the show was before my time, and I never saw it in reruns, it was new to me, and I get the “wow” factor when I see familiar faces on it—as in, “Wow, that’s Leonard Nimoy on Perry Mason!” In this particular episode, Dick Clark had a guest role.

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How did I go from Dick Clark on Perry Mason to Truman Capote? It’s like this: in this same episode was an actress who was also in the movie Murder by Death. That led me to think about various associations and… You know, I couldn’t even possibly explain with any logic the winding path my thoughts went on, so I’m not even going to try. I’ll just move on.

I very quickly managed to tie Barry Manilow to Truman Capote, and went on from there. I somehow ended up with Kate Hudson as a tie-in, and then I randomly—and I do mean randomly—chose Jamie Lee Curtis (don’t ask me why, cuz I don’t know). I managed to tie her to Truman Capote through both her mother AND her father. Three celebrities, who you wouldn’t think would have anything to do with Truman Capote.  But first, a little about Capote himself.

Truman Capote was a writer and occasional actor. His two most famous works couldn’t have been more different: Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Bloodcapote scarf

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a novella, first published in Esquire in 1958. The main character is a young woman, Holly Golightly, a New York City socialite who relies on wealthy men to pay her way in life. It was slightly racy for the time, but it was Capote’s breakthrough work, and was later made into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn.

In Cold Blood is a true crime novel. It’s about the mass murder of the Clutter family in Kansas in 1959. Capote wrote the book after visiting the scene of the crime and spending several years talking with the murderers in prison. It’s said that this book drove him mad, as well as to drink and drugs, which eventually killed him (the official cause of death was “liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication”). Capote was a flamboyant man, stereotypically gay, but because it was the 1950s, that little detail was ignored by Hollywood and literati and he was often referred to as “eccentric.”

So, let’s do this. You all know the game, originally started by the book Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon. You connect two seemingly random people through associations with other people.

Now, let’s play

Six Degrees to Truman Capote!

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Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

*Barry Manilow wrote and performed the theme song to American Bandstand.
*American Bandstand was hosted (for 33 years!) by Dick Clark.
*Dick Clark guest starred in an episode of Perry Mason.
*In that same episode was an actress named Estelle Winwood,
*Who had a role in Murder by Death,
*Which starred Truman Capote.

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Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

*Kate Hudson’s mother is Goldie Hawn. 
*Goldie Hawn starred in Shampoo with Warren Beatty.
*Warren Beatty’s sister is Shirley MacLaine.
*Shirley MacLaine starred in The Children’s Hour with Audrey Hepburn.
*Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
*Which was written by Truman Capote.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis—through her father

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Tony Curtis

*Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Tony Curtis.
*Tony Curtis starred in Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe.

*Marilyn Monroe starred in the Seven Year Itch, opposite Tom Ewell.
*Tom Ewell had a supporting role in the 1970s TV show Baretta,
*Which starred Robert Blake.
*Robert Blake starred in the film In Cold Blood,
*Which was written by Truman Capote.

(As an aside, the character that Tom Ewell played on Baretta was named Billy Truman!)

 

Jamie Lee Curtis—through her mother

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Janet Leigh

(I’m cheating here—it’s only 5 degrees to Truman Capote, but does anybody really care? I didn’t think so.)

*Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother was Janet Leigh.
*Janet Leigh starred in Psycho with Anthony Perkins.
*Anthony Perkins starred in Green Mansions with Audrey Hepburn.
*Audrey Hepburn starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s,
*Which was written by Truman Capote.

 

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Leigh in probably the most famous murder scene in film history, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Thank you for joining us. Until next time, this was…

Six Degrees to Truman Capote!

 

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13 thoughts on “Six Degrees to Truman Capote

  1. Me too! Plus, Truman Capote was a terrific storyteller. Read his earlier works for the true Capote: Other Voices, Other Rooms and A Tree of Night and Other Stories.

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  2. I accepted and conquered Widdershin’s challenge. Here is 6 Degrees of Separation between Truman Capote and Adele.

    Adele was a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
    That episode of SNL was hosted by Matthew McConaughey.
    McConaughey was in The Wolf of Wall Street, which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
    Leonardo DiCaprio was in Gangs of New York, which was directed by Martin Scorcese.
    Martin Scorcese also directed Taxi Driver, which starred Robert DiNero.
    Robert DiNero also starred in Deer Hunter, which also starred Christopher Walken.
    Christopher Walken was in Annie Hall.
    Truman Capote had an uncredited cameo in Annie Hall.

    (drops microphone)

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