Truman Capote Net Worth

Truman Capote is a famous Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor. Born on unknown in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States this 1.6 m author has created a lot of content for the masses. With thousands or even millions of followers and people across the globe who love what Truman Capote represents and creates, the popularity of this celebrity does not seem to diminish over years. With the family of Archulus Persons, Lillie Mae Faulk, Joseph Capote unknown unknown Truman Capote had an upbringing and the education which propelled them to stardom and greatness. Attending Greenwich High School, Dwight School Truman Capote learned and worked on his passion projects which turned out to be massive successes amongst audiences worldwide. But what about money? If you are curious about the full estimated net worth of Truman Capote, it is around $10 Million.

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Truman Capote was born into a family of odd parents, who largely neglected their son, often leaving his upbringing to other people, meaning that Capote spent most of his childhood with his mother’s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. This is where he made friends with young Harper Lee, who would also later become a famous writer. After his parents’ divorce, Truman moved with his mother and stepfather Joe Capote to New York, and in 1935 his name was changed to Truman Garcia Capote. During schooling, he was a mediocre student as he did well in courses that he was interested in, but paid barely any attention to those he didn’t like. He went to a private boy’s school in Manhattan from 1933 to 1936, where he showed his talent for story-telling and writing. Capote’s family then moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, where Truman started attending Greenwich High School. As his family life became worse due to his mother’s alcoholism, Capote didn’t do well in school, and after the family returned to Manhattan, he had to repeat 12th grade at the Franklin School.

He was still in his teenage years when he got his first job as a copyboy for “The New Yorker” magazine, in which he tried to get his stories published but with no success. Truman eventually left this job to fully dedicate his time to writing. His first successes were short stories, such as “Miriam” which was published in Mademoiselle in 1945, and in 1946 winning the prestigious O. Henry Award. Soon, a few of his other stories were published, such as “A Tree of Light”, “My Side of the Matter” and “Jug of Silver”, which launched his literary career and established his net worth. Two years later, his first novel, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” was published to mixed reviews, but eventually sold well. His collection of short stories, “A Tree of Light”, repeated the success of his novel, and he soon published a book containing his travel essays, entitled “Local Color”. Not long after, in the fall of 1951, his second novel, “The Grass Harp” was also published, and was soon adapted for stage.

In the early ‘50s, Truman started writing film scenarios for films such as “Stazione Termini”, “Beat the Devil” and Henry James novel adaptations “The Turn of the Screw” and “The Innocents”. It was in 1958 that he scored perhaps his greatest success, with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the film version of which was released three years later, starring Audrey Hepburn. In 1965, after years of working on it, Capote published his non-fiction novel “In Cold Blood”, which was based on a true story that he and Harper Lee had witnessed. The novel became an instant best-seller, and truly brought Truman acknowledgement and increased wealth. However, he soon took to drinking and taking tranquilizers, which escalated over the years. His last major work, a collection of non-fiction and fictional pieces, “Music for Chameleons”, was published in 1980.

Privately, Truman’s life-long friend was writer Harper Lee, and the character of Idabel from novel “Other Voices, Other Rooms” was based on her. His partner for a number of years was Jack Dunphy. After suffering from two bad falls, Capote died on 25th August 1984 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, apparemtly also from complications of liver disease.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Truman Capote
  • Net Worth: $10 Million
  • Date Of Birth: September 30, 1924
  • Died: August 25, 1984
  • Place Of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Height: 1.6 m
  • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor
  • Education: Greenwich High School, Dwight School
  • Nationality: American
  • Parents: Archulus Persons, Lillie Mae Faulk, Joseph Capote
  • Partner: Jack Dunphy
  • IMDB:
  • Awards: Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime, Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Individual Achievements
  • Nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, BAFTA Award fo…
  • Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood, Murder by Death, more


  • I don’t care what anybody says about me, as long as it isn’t true.
  • Do you want to know the real reason why I push my hair down on my forehead? Because I have two cowlicks. If I didn’t do that it would make me look as though I had two feathery horns.
  • [on Humphrey Bogart] He had an image of sophisticated virility and he projected it remarkably well. And with such humor. At last, he had such style that it doesn’t wither, it doesn’t age, it doesn’t date. Like Billie Holiday.
  • [on Marlon Brando] No actor of my generation has possessed greater natural gifts; but none other has transported intellectual falsity to higher levels of hilarious pretension.
  • New York is a diamond iceberg floating in river water.
  • [on Marilyn Monroe] She is pure Alice in Wonderland, and her appearance and demeanor are a nicely judged mix of the Red Queen and a flamingo.
  • [on Meryl Streep] She looks like a chicken!
  • The greatest thing about masturbation is that you don’t have to dress up for it.
  • I think I’ve written one masterpiece in my career and that’s “In Cold Blood”. It is a masterpiece and I don’t care what anyone says. I think I’ve also written three or four short stories that are as good as anything written in the English language.
  • It’s a scientific fact … For every year a person lives in Hollywood, they lose two points of their IQ.


  • Despite his diminutive size, he was said to have been an excellent arm wrestler.
  • “Capote” was actually his stepfather’s last name.
  • His life was touched by tragedy. His mother committed suicide and, according to the coroner’s report, Capote himself died from “liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication”.
  • He is mentioned in Walter Kirn’s novel “Thumbsucker” and the Allan Sherman song “Oh Boy”.
  • Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 128-130. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1998.
  • According to George Plimpton’s biography “Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career,” one of Capote’s eccentricities was to walk into a liquor store and ask for a bottle of “Justerini and Brooks” scotch, which is more familiarly known as J&B, which is one of the most famous brand names in the liquor business. Even if a merchant told him the store did not carry the brand (as most people didn’t know what the initials stood for), even when it was likely it did carry the brand, Capote would not call it “J&B”, even if it meant that he went without it.
  • Portrayed by Sam Street in Isn’t She Great (2000), Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005), by Toby Jones in Infamous (2006), by Michael J. Burg in The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) and by Robert Morse in the award-winning one-man show “Tru” (and the subsequent made-for-TV film, American Playhouse: Tru (1992)).
  • Was called as a defense witness in the second trial of Claus von Bülow, testifying about Sunny’s [Martha Sunny von Bulow] history of substance abuse.
  • His aunt, who helped raise him as a boy, is Marie Rudisill, aka The Fruitcake Lady from the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).
  • Rests in a mausoleum next to Heather O’Rourke and Mel Tormé.
  • The film rights to his novella, “Hand Carved Coffins” were held by producer Dino De Laurentiis and the project was offered to directors Michael Cimino and David Lynch but to date, the project has not been produced.
  • Although he wrote only a handful of books during his lifetime, he produced 25 full-length plays, two novels, 60 short stories, more than 100 poems and an autobiography.
  • Was a distant relative (seventh cousin once removed) of playwright Tennessee Williams.
  • Longtime partner was Jack Dunphy.
  • He is one of several famous and tragic figures from history to be featured on the sleeve artwork of the album “Clutching at Straws” by rock band Marillion (released in 1987).
  • His most famous work is the book, “In Cold Blood.”
  • Is the inspiration for the character “Dill” in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. He and Lee were childhood friends.
  • Frequently visited legendary New York disco Studio 54 in the late ’70s.


  • His characters were often emotionally isolated and/or confused about their sexuality


Title Year Status Character
Children on Their Birthdays 2002 short story
A Christmas Memory 1997 TV Movie story
In Cold Blood 1996 TV Mini-Series book – 2 episodes
Other Voices, Other Rooms 1995 novel
The Grass Harp 1995 novella
One Christmas 1994 TV Movie short story “One Christmas”
Hello Stranger 1992 story
American Playhouse 1992 TV Series writings – 1 episode
Il fascino dell’insolito 1980 TV Series short story – 1 episode
Camera Three 1977 TV Series story – 1 episode
The Glass House 1972 TV Movie story
Der kopflose Falke 1971 TV Short short story
Trilogy 1969 screenplay / stories “A Christmas Memory”, “Miriam” and “Among the Paths to Eden”
Laura 1968/I TV Movie screenplay
The Thanksgiving Visitor 1967 TV Movie adaptation / story
Among the Paths to Eden 1967 TV Movie story
In Cold Blood 1967 based on the book by
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Miriam 1965 TV Short play
Ruohojen harppu 1965 TV Movie play “The Grass Harp”
The Innocents 1961 screenplay
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961 based on the novel by
Play of the Week 1960 TV Series writer – 1 episode
De grasharp 1959 TV Movie
Das Glück sucht seine Kinder 1958 TV Movie
ITV Play of the Week 1957 TV Series play – 1 episode
Encounter 1954 TV Series 1 episode
Beat the Devil 1953 screenplay
Indiscretion of an American Wife 1953 dialogue
Kraft Theatre 1952 TV Series play – 1 episode
Miriam 2013 Short story / writer
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary excerpts from memoirs
In the Bright Light of Noon 2010 Short writer
Title Year Status Character
Annie Hall 1977 Truman Capote
Truman Capote Look-Alike (uncredited)
Murder by Death 1976 Lionel Twain
Trilogy 1969 Narrated by (segment “A Christmas Memory”) (voice, as Mr. Capote)
The Thanksgiving Visitor 1967 TV Movie Narrator
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Narrated by
Title Year Status Character
Great Performances 1985 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments 1973 TV Special writer: “I Never Has Seen Snow”
Peterson Plays Farnon… …Plays Peterson 1969 TV Movie writer: “A Sleepin’ Bee”
The Ed Sullivan Show 1961 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
The Dick Cavett Show 1977-1980 TV Series Himself
Today 1980 TV Series Himself
The Cheap Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Himself – Author
Good Morning America 1976 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles 1975 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1974 TV Series documentary Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Jack Paar Tonite 1973 TV Series Himself
Cocksucker Blues 1972 Documentary Himself
The David Frost Show 1969-1972 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself
Beaton by Bailey 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself
Laugh-In 1971 TV Series Himself
Firing Line 1968 TV Series Himself – Guest
With Love from Truman 1966 Documentary short Himself
Tempo 1961 TV Series Himself
The David Susskind Show 1959 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Joy of Disco 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 2011 Documentary Himself
Public Speaking 2010 Documentary
De par en par 2008 TV Series Lionel Twain
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 2007 Documentary Himself
Truman Capote: Answered Prayers 2006 Video documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Cavett Remembers the Comic Legends 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story 1998 TV Movie Himself
Un siècle d’écrivains 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Last Dance 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself


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