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Truman Capote was an Emmy award-winning
American writer of Breakfast at Tiffany's,
In Cold Blood, The Grass Harp,
The Dogs Bark, Music for Chameleons,
Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel,
A Christmas Memory and Other Voices, Other Rooms fame.
He was already an award-winning, respected
author by the time In Cold Blood was
published in 1966. Capote's detailed, painstakingly
researched and chilling account of the 1959 slaying
of a Kansas farm family, and the subsequent capture,
trial and execution of the two killers, solidified
his claim to literary fame. It was about as far removed
from the light tone of Breakfast at Tiffany's, as you
could get, and demonstrated his great versatility
as a writer.
His life story was told in the award-winning
2005 Philip Seymour Hoffman motion picture
Capote, and the 2006 Sandra Bullock,
Gwyneth Paltrow film Infamous.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Truman Streckfus Persons |
Date, time and place of birth: September 30, 1924, at approximately 3:00 p.m.,
Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.*
Date, time, place and cause of death: August 25, 1984,
at 12:21 p.m., at 400 St. Cloud Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles,
California, U.S.A.** (Liver disease complicated
by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication)
Father: Archulus Persons (known as Arch Persons) (a nonpracticing attorney)
Mother: Lillie Mae "Nina" (Faulk) Persons
Burial site: Westwood Memorial Park (a.k.a. Pierce Brothers
Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery), Westwood, Los Angeles,
Error corrections or clarifications
* "September 12" is erroneously
reported as his date of birth by the Britannica
Book of the Year 1967.
"12:05 a.m." is erroneously reported as his time of birth
by a few other sources.
Erroneously reported to have died "August 24"
by one published source, "August 26" by another
and "August 27" by yet another.
All of the following publications, in some
past editions, have offered erroneous
birth or death data on Truman Capote.
Britannica Book of the Year 1967
Weird Ways to Die by Richard Doyle
It is not our intent to denigrate these
fine publications, but merely to point out the
above inaccuracy to prevent further circulation
of the erroneous data.
The most in-depth of more than three dozen
sources consulted in preparing this
Capote: A Biography, by Gerald Clarke (1988)
"Dear Genius . . ." A Memoir of My Life with Truman Capote, by Jack Dunphy (1987)
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