About Us Contact Us Privacy Policy Terms of Use DMCA Opt-out of personalized ads
© Copyright 2023 Market Realist. Market Realist is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.

What Was ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Writer Truman Capote’s Net Worth At The Time Of His Death?

His famous story "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was adapted into a film and the titular role was played by the legendary Audrey Hepburn in 1961. 
Truman Capote started his career working in the art department of the New Yorker. Getty Images |  Evening Standard
Truman Capote started his career working in the art department of the New Yorker. Getty Images | Evening Standard
Name Truman Capote
Net Worth $10 Million
Sources of Income Writing, Acting, etc.
Gender Male
Date of Birth Sep 30, 1924 
Date of Death Aug 25, 1984
Age 59 years
Nationality United States of America
Profession Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright

American writer and screenwriter Truman Capote was best known for his works like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood." Truman had a difficult upbringing. He started writing short stories, and got recognition after he penned the short story "Miriam" in 1945. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 59. His net worth at the time of his death was around $10 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. 

Truman Capote | Getty Images | John Downing
Truman Capote | Getty Images | John Downing

Most of Capote's net worth is attributed to his writing. He made a killing when his famous book, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was adapted into a movie.

He had begun working in the art department of the New Yorker as a copyboy and remained there for more than two years before he was fired for upsetting poet Robert Frost. After this, he took up writing as his main job and penned several short stories which went on to become known in the coming years. Some of his early works include "My Side of the Matter," "Miriam", and "Shut a Final Door." These stories were later published in many magazines including, Mademoiselle, Story, and Harper's Bazaar. 

Following the success of his short story, "Miriam," Capote signed a contract with Random House in the late 40s. Given a $1,500 advance, he wrote the novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms." The semi-autobiographical tale of the author's childhood in Alabama became hugely successful, landed on the New York Best Seller List, and retained the position for nine weeks straight. 

The success of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood" 

In 1958, Capote released one of his most famous works, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", which was later adapted into a film and the titular role was played by the legendary Audrey Hepburn in 1961. 

Then came "In Cold Blood" which was inspired by an article that he had read in the New York Times in 1959. The book chronicles the inexplicable murder of a Kansas family at their farm home. The book became a huge hit and became a worldwide bestseller. The book was soon adapted into the Oscar-nominated film directed by Richard Brooks. He has also written short stories like "Grass Harp," and "Terminal Station."

"In Cold Blood" author Truman Capote | Getty Images | George Rose

Capote was openly gay and dated many famous men including fellow writer Jack Dunphy and professor Newton Arvin. He was known for his extravagant life. In the '70s, he purchased a home in Palm Springs, California. He later became a heavy user of drugs and indulged in heavy drinking. He suffered a seizure that required hospitalization and passed away in 1984 from liver disease. He died at the home of his old friend Joanne Carson, an ex-wife of late-night TV host Johnny Carson. Unfortunately, Capote could never really overcome his dependence on drugs and eventually died at the age of 59. 


Truman Capote won the O. Henry Memorial Award for his short stories, “Miriam,” “Shut a Final Door,” and “The House of Flowers.” He also received the 1962 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay for "The Innocents" with William Archibald. "In Cold Blood" won him The 1966 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.

What is Truman Capote's most famous for?

He is best known for his works like, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood." 

What caused Truman Capote's death?

The cause of Capote's death was liver failure.

Why did Truman Capote talk like that?

Capote was known for his distinctive voice and child-like tonality.