See the Stars of Feud: Capote vs. The Swans Compared to the Real-Life Socialites They Play
Capote vs. The Swans Cast Compared to the Real People
Demi Moore, Naomi Watts and Tom Hollander step back in time to bring Truman Capote’s explosive social fallout to screens in ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans.’ Here’s how the stars compare to the real people they play.
Demi Moore as Ann Woodward
Ann Woodward, portrayed by Demi Moore in Feud, was a former showgirl who married to William Woodward, Jr., a prominent banker and sportsman. Woodward was accused of shooting her husband in 1955, but the incident was deemed an accident. She died by suicide in 1975, shortly before Esquire published excerpts from Capote’s Answered Prayers.
Naomi Watts plays Babe Paley
Babe Paley, played by Naomi Watts in Feud, was a fashion editor for Vogue before she married William S. Paley, who founded CBS. She remained a prominent figure in the couture world and was eventually inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958. Paley died of lung cancer in 1978, one day after her 63rd birthday.
Slim Keith, portrayed by Diane Lane in Feud, was a socialite and the wife of British banker Baron Keith of Castleacre. She was known for her glamorous lifestyle and her friendship with Truman Capote. Keith died in 1990.
Chloe Sevigny as C. Z. Guest
C. Z. Guest, played by Chloe Sevigny in Feud, was a fashion icon, clothing designer and gardening expert. She was married to Winston Guest, a member of the prominent Guest family. Guest died in 2003 at the age of 83.
Calista Flockhart as Lee Radziwill
Lee Radziwill, portrayed by Calista Flockhart in Feud, was the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was married to Polish aristocrat Prince Stanislas Radziwill from 1959 to 1974. Radziwill died in 2019.
Molly Ringwald as Joanne Carson
Joanne Carson, played by Molly Ringwald in Feud, was the ex-wife of Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. She died in 2015.
Tom Hollander as Truman Capote
Tom Hollander plays Truman Capote in Feud. Capote was a celebrated writer who published several novels, including In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He died in 1984 at the age of 59.
- New York Times Opinion: ‘Capote vs. The Swans’ Review: A Wistful ‘Feud,’ a Tragic Romance, and a Great Performance
- New York Times Editorial: ‘Capote vs the Swans’ Review: A ‘Feud,’ a Writer, and a Tragic Romance – IndieWire
- New York Times Opinion Articles: Tom Hollander puts his own powerful spin on Truman Capote in “Feud: Capote vs. The Swans,” which hinges on the author’s infamous unfinished novel.
- Sunday New York Times: Two central questions hover over “Capote vs. The Swans” — the same two questions that have driven debate in the nearly 40 years since Truman Capote’s death.
- New York Times Free Articles: ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’ Review: Naomi Watts Leads Stellar Cast in Ryan Murphy’s Otherwise Spotty Anthology
- NY Times Newspaper: ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’ Review: Tom Hollander joins Naomi Watts, Diane Lane and Demi Moore in ‘Feud: Capote vs.
- New York Ti: Although Feud: Capote vs. The Swans is only the second installment of Ryan Murphy‘s Feud franchise — Bette and Joan aired way back in 2017 — the anthology’s core seems clear enough.
- NYT Articles: Capote vs. The Swans is eight hours of exceptional performances and interesting formal ideas, a few of which work fairly well.
- New York Times Sunday Edition: Capote vs. The Swans creator Jon Robin Baitz understands the general assignment. In focusing on the society kerfuffle between Truman Capote and some of the most powerful women of New York’s upper crust, Baitz has a clash that’s entirely inconsequential and yet cataclysmic within its milieu.