Capote, Truman

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Truman Capote
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Name
Capote, Truman Gender: M
Truman Streckfus Persons
born on 30 September 1924 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place New Orleans, Louisiana, 29n57, 90w05
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°24' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°11 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 11°24'



Biography

American writer whose books include "Other Voices, Other Rooms," 1948, "In Cold Blood," 1966 and "Answered Prayers," 1976. He received the O'Henry Memorial Award at age 18.

Capote grew up in a small town in Alabama, living next door to writer Harper Lee. A slender southern boy, he amused his friends for hours by telling them stories. By age ten, he knew that he was meant to be a writer. With a girlish manner and lisp, he soon entered a homosexual lifestyle.

Capote was forced to fend for himself after his mother, Nina, neglected him to glam it up in New York. His biological father was not in the picture. He attended Trinity school and St. Johns Academy in New York, and his mother married a well-to-do businessman. She later died of a drug overdose. While in his teens he was hired to be a copyboy at the "New Yorker," publishing his first work at age 16.

Capote's career began in 1944 when he wrote his first short story, "Miriam." His first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms" was published in 1948. He then researched for six years to write the book "In Cold Blood. His work on "Answered Prayers" began in 1966, and in 1975, he published the first chapter in Esquire.

Capote was on the whole a charmer, remembering people's names and tastes years after meeting them and he proved a delightful party animal in the society of noted public figures. At the same time, he made a spectacle of himself on talk shows, babbling about his drug and alcohol problems. He claimed that everyone, male and female, found him irresistible, such as Albert Camus and Errol Flynn. He had the bizarre look of a somewhat pudgy, naughty little boy, and his high-pitched voice could scrape paint. He was starved for the attention that his parents denied him. Capote once went to a conjure woman and asked to be made into a woman. Most of his friends were women, two of them being Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. He was also a friend of Jacqueline Kennedy, and visited the White House on several occasions. He had a relationship for 36 years with his friend Jack Dunphy who inherited the bulk of his estate, $600,000.

Capote was hospitalized in 1983 after tests showed a "toxic level" of Dilantin and Phenobarbital in his system. In 1981 he collapsed in a convulsive seizure. Capote died in his sleep after imbibing a mix of drugs and alcohol on 8/25/1984, Los Angeles, CA.

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Relationships

  • associate relationship with Smith, Perry (born 27 October 1928)
  • friend relationship with Lee, Harper (born 28 April 1926)
  • friend relationship with Vidal, Gore (born 3 October 1925)
  • friend relationship with Warhol, Andy (born 6 August 1928)

Events

  • Misc. : Great Insight 1934 (Knew at ten that he'd write)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1944 (First short story published)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1948 (Jack Dunphy, 36 years)
  • Health : Acute illness 1981 (Convulsive seizure, drug abuse)
  • Health : Acute illness 1983 (Toxic combo of drugs in system)
  • Death by Disease 25 August 1984 (Addiction, OD, age 59)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes biographer Gerald Clarke, "Capote" (1988, p.6-7) The author researched the book for eight years, interviewing Arch Capote and other kin, and wrote, "Finally on Tuesday at 9:30, mother began labor . . . the baby was born about three o'clock that afternoon." The book relates how Arch took the family to New Orleans before Truman was born.

(Dotson Rader "Tennessee Williams, Cry of the Heart" claims that Truman Capote was actually born in Huntsville, TN.)

(Bob Prince quotes Capote himself for "a few minutes after midnight.")

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Size (Small in stature, 5' 3")
  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable
  • Traits : Personality : Liar/ Fraud (Created many stories)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Neglect (Mom persued social life, unsupportive)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Mom committed suicide)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Jack Dunphy 36 years)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Important social scene)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male (Effeminate, lisp)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (O'Henry Memorial Award)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book

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