Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Louisiana, his parents divorced at an early age. He was raised by his mother's aunt in Monroeville, Alabama. He was a very smart boy having learned to read at an early age and showed signs of writing at the age of 11.
In 1933, Truman moved with his mother and second husband to New York City and would soon adopt him and rename him Truman Garcia Capote. Truman attended Trinity School followed by Greenwich High School where he had a job with the school newspaper, "The Green Witch." He ended his education at the age of 17 and went to work for the "New Yorker" magazine. He soon began to write for "Mademoiselle" magazine and Truman wrote his
first successful story called "Miriam" that won the O. Henry Award (best first published story) in 1946. He was soon awarded a contract with "Random House" to write a novel and used the money to write another story called "Other Voices, Other Rooms"A controversial photograph of Capote appeared on his second article that created a great deal of media attention.
Capote was quite a flamboyant character and was extremely outspoken. He was openly gay. Capote developed a relationship with another writer by the name of Jack Dumphy who would become Truman's lifetime companion.
He was also very successful on stage and screen having completed "House of Flowers" and co-wrote with John Huston "Beat the Devil."
The personal side of Capote included an addiction to alcohol and drugs and his bizarre lifestyle. He often appeared on television talk shows including the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. His final years involved numerous trips to rehab clinics.
Truman Capote died at the home of his friend, Joanne Carson, (Johnny's former wife) in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California on August 25, 1984 at the age of 59 from liver cancer.
Following his death, he was cremated and a portion of his cremated remains were given to his longtime companion, Jack Dunphy and the other portion remained with Carson. Carson's portion was once stolen and returned. His partner, Dunphy died in 1992 and was reported that a portion of Truman was placed in a niche at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles and some
|Scattering location at Crooked Pond|
|Resting Place at Westwood Village|
|Funeral folder from Westwood|
|Capote's Broadway Tribute program|