101. Capote’s Coterie | The Original Swan: Carol Grace Marcus Saroyan Matthau

In this episode, we explore the life, loves and friendships of Truman Capote’s Original Swan, Carol Marcus. Her name might not be familiar to you now, but hers is a story that is unforgettable. Including a rags to riches story, two husbands and three marriages, and two very best friends – Gloria Vanderbilt and Oona O’Neil Chaplin, Carol is also one of the main real-life inspirations for the character of Holly Golighty in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Sources

Among the Porcupines: A Memoir, by Carol Matthau (Amazon link)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote (Amazon link)

This Funny Valentine (washingtonpost.com)

Object of Desire: Carol Matthau Has Devoted a Lifetime to Charming, Soothing and Inspiring Great, Sometimes Troubled Men (latimes.com)

Oona O’Neill Chaplin Dies at 66; She Lived in the Shadow of Fame (nytimes.com)

Carol Matthau, a Frank and Tart Memoirist, Dies at 78 (nytimes.com)

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1 comment

  1. I appreciate this beautifully written and well-researched podcast! I remember reading Carol Matthau’s fascinating autobiography years ago, but you have added additional information about her and her friends. Thanks for a very entertaining hour.

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