Truman Capote may be lauded for his literary success, and socially mythologized for his infamous Black And White Ball, but those in the know remember him most for his remarkable betrayal of the women he coveted.
Truman's trusted Swans were a group of the richest, most connected women of the time. Drawn to the author's humor, charm and penchant for flattery, they became his most treasured confidants. They took him for lunches uptown, welcomed him as a guest into their homes, sailed with him across Europe, took his arm at parties in place of their husbands, and shared their silliest quips of gossip and most private personal confessions.
After tens of years of cultivating a real closeness with these women, Truman shattered everything with the publication of "La Côte Basque 1965." The short story, which was published in Esquire magazine in 1975 for all to read, was meant to be an amuse bouche for a larger book that Truman hoped would be his piéce-de-résistance, Answered Prayers. In essence, the story was a thinly veiled telling of his Swans most intimate secrets - from airing their graphic marital indiscretions to even accusing one of murder - and let's just say these ladies did not take to this treatment kindly.
The second season of Ryan Murphy's FX series Feud will cover all the glam and grim details of the whole event (referencing the tale as told in the must-read book Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era). And honestly, we don't think they could have cast Truman's crew any better!
Calista Flockhart will be stepping into the chic shoes of Lee Radziwill.
Diane Lane will be playing the ultimate cool girl, Nancy “Slim” Keith.
Naomi Watts will be putting on her best Babe Paley, a woman worshiped by Capote as the most beautiful and stylish of them all.
And to round out the flock of swans, Chloe Sevigny will be tapping into her New England socialite routes to portray WASP icon C.Z. Guest.
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