Somehow it never occurred to me that Gloria Steinem would ever have identified with Holly Golightly.
Turns out, though, that the Truman Capote character Audrey Hepburn played — who resisted being put in “a cage” for love — not only expressed Steinem’s views for many years on marriage, but was also responsible for the iconic feminist’s trademark blond streaks, which, she says in Monday's “Gloria: In Her Own Words” (9 p.m., HBO) “I can directly attribute to ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’”
Beginning with her transformation from a magazine freelancer writing pieces on textured stockings or — more famously — on the then little-known travails of Playboy bunnies, into one of the country’s leading feminists, “Gloria” never shies from discussing Steinem’s looks, which over the years have probably attracted as much attention as her beliefs.
“Maybe I helped to break a false stereotype,” she says in the film. Now 77 and in a recent appearance before reporters in Pasadena, still looking strikingly vibrant, she draws the the kind of how-do-you-do-it questions from some reporters that usually go to actresses. (Her answer: “Revolution keeps you young.”).