“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” turns 50

A half century ago, Audrey Hepburn lit up the silver screen in what is thought to be her most iconic role as the glamorous and free-spirited Holly Golightly.

Hepburn’s character became an inspiration for fashionistas for years to come with her signature little black dress paired with pearls and a cigarette holder. She showed that elegance wasn’t just a matter of wealth, and you didn’t need to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks. (Ironically, her dress, by Givenchy, has reportedly sold recently for just under $1 million.)

Holly Golightly’s attitude toward the single life and sexual freedom for women was way ahead of her time, leading many to call her the original Carrie Bradshaw of the popular Sex and the City HBO series.

And while Audrey Hepburn is no longer with us — nor is Truman Capote, the author of the novella that inspired the film — Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfect example of how great classics never age.

In honour of the anniversary, watch the original trailer to 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard: