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Carol Grace


An American actress and author, she actually is best remembered on her behalf high-profile marriages to writer William Saroyan and actor Walter Matthau. Additionally, she motivated the Holly Golightly personality in Truman Capote’s well-known novella, Breakfast time at Tiffany’s. She was raised in foster caution on NY City’s Decrease East Aspect. She went to the same senior high school as Oona Chaplin, who afterwards became Charlie Chaplin’s 4th wife. Her 1995 novella, THE TRICK in the Daisy, was predicated on her youth encounters in the foster treatment program. She was double wedded to Pulitzer Prize-winning article writer, William Saroyan. In 1959, she wedded Walter Matthau; the few remained jointly until Matthau’s loss of life. She was rumored to have already been the illegitimate little girl of professional Leslie Howard.

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Full Name Carol Grace
Date Of Birth September 11, 1924
Place Of Birth New York
Profession Novelist
Nationality American
Spouse Walter Matthau, William Saroyan, William Saroyan
Children Charles Matthau, Aram Saroyan, Lucy Saroyan
Movies Mikey and Nicky, Gangster Story
Star Sign Virgo

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1Stepmother of David Matthau and Jenny Matthau.
2Truman Capote maintained that he based the character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) on Carol Grace, a friend of his in New York.
3Mother, with Walter Matthau of son Charles Matthau.
4Divorced by William Saroyan when he learned she was illegitimate and Jewish, but soon tried to get her to take him back. She divorced him within months of their second marriage.
5Children by William Saroyan: son Aram Saroyan (born on 25 September 1943), daughter Lucy Saroyan (born on 17 January 1946). Son Charles Matthau (born on 10 December 1962) from her marriage to Walter Matthau.
6She got rave reviews for her supporting role as John Cassavetes' gun moll girlfriend in Elaine May's Mikey and Nicky (1976) but husband Walter Matthau discouraged her from accepting other acting jobs.
7Met husband Walter Matthau in the 1950s when they appeared on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter".
8Her autobiography is called "Among the Porcupines" and she also wrote a well-received novel, "The Secret in the Daisy".
9Attended high school in the 1940s with Oona Chaplin, the daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill, who would later became the fourth wife of Charles Chaplin.



Mikey and Nicky1976Nellie
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesThe Woman
Gangster Story1959Carol Logan, Librarian
Stage Struck1958Minor Role (uncredited)



Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau2001TV Movie documentary special thanks
Doin' Time on Planet Earth1988special thanks - as Mrs. Walter Matthau



The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards1987TV SpecialHerself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1978TV SeriesHerself

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1On style: The dying process begins the minute we are born, but it accelerates during dinner parties.

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