Interestingly, it was Monroe who turned down the role of Holly Golightly. The actress was Capote’s first choice for the role, but she ultimately turned down the film in consultation with acting coach Paula Strasberg, according to Hepburn’s biographer, Sam Wasson. “The reason Marilyn wasn’t in was because Paula Strasberg, her acting mentor and coach, said Marilyn shouldn’t be playing a lady of the evening,” Wasson said. ABC. “It’s interesting that when we think about Holly, we don’t think of her as such a daredevil.”
Monroe’s image is always somewhat overdone, while Hepburn’s is more elegant and sophisticated. This choice of actors sets a completely different tone for the character. Monroe’s transition to formal theater training in the mid-50s suggested to her the resistance to being played as a mute blonde. She might have thought Holly would be playing her as the typist, but Hepburn’s performance made Holly look somewhat stupid.
The role went to Hepburn in the end, and it’s hard to imagine it any other way. Hepburn is associated with Cinderella-style makeover stories, having starred in the hit romantic comedy “Sabrina” a few years ago. However, it seems reasonable in retrospect, Capote was not at all pleased with this casting choice. “Paramount surpassed me in every way and chose Audrey,” the author once said (via Vogue).
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” may have been written for Monroe, but Hepburn played the part perfectly. The 1961 romantic comedy is one of Hollywood’s oldest achievements. Monroe would have been an icon even without this movie, but it’s impossible to say what fame “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would have had if the stormy star had accepted the role. Will Monroe improve on the role or is the character almost too real for her to imitate on screen?
https://www.slashfilm.com/1032553/audrey-hepburns-breakfast-at-tiffanys-role-was-originally-written-for-marilyn-monroe/ Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast as Tiffany was originally written for Marilyn Monroe