Armand Tokatyan immortalized in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

By Paul Tocatlian.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released in 1961. Also known as “Diamants sur canapé” in France, “Bonequinha de Luxo” in Brazil, and “Pigen Holly” in Denmark, this movie has captured the hearts of millions since it first hit the big screen. You can see in this scene and this scene of Gossip Girl how Breakfast at Tiffany’s still influences today’s generation of teenagers. It is referenced in over one hundred movies and TV shows.

So how is it that my great-uncle, Armand Tokatyan, a Tenor Opera singer who performed at the Metropolitan Opera in the 1920s was immortalized in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

While preparing for her imminent trip to Rio, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), New York socialite, learns Portuguese by listening to a record. Listen carefully as Holly says good-bye to her good friend Fred Baby (George Peppard) and you will notice that it is not a Portuguese learning lesson. They seem to be reciting a list of names, possibly to teach Portuguese pronunciation. In this short movie clip you can hear the name “Armand Tokatyan” mentioned in the background. I guess our last name sounds Portuguese!

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