Was there any doubt that Ryan Murphy would carve out a role for Sarah Paulson in his upcoming Feud anthology series? She’s starred in every season of American Horror Story, and could also return for the second season of American Crime Story after playing one of the first season’s most central characters, Marcia Clark. She might not appear in Scream Queens, but she’s as close as any actor comes to being the glue holding the Murphyverse together. Given that, it was never really a question of if Paulson would join Feud, but rather whom she would play.
And now, an answer has arrived: Geraldine Page!
Excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in FEUD.
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 23, 2016
Page was an accomplished actress across TV, film, and Broadway; she received seven Academy Award nominations before finally winning Best Actress in 1986 for The Trip to Bountiful, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in both 1967 and 1969. She never received a Tony, but was nominated four times for Best Actress in a Play, and in 1983 she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
We already know that the first season of Feud will center on the animosity between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis—as portrayed by Susan Sarandon and another frequent Murphy collaborator, Jessica Lange. The eight-episode first season will also recall the drama that went down when the two actresses starred in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Another star recently added to the cast? Catherine Zeta-Jones, as Olivia de Havilland. Ryan Murphy tends toward unpredictability, but one installment in the Davis-Crawford feuddid involve all four of the women.
Back in 1963, Davis was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her turn inBaby Jane—which, of course, did not thrill Crawford, who struck a deal with the other nominees (including Page) to accept the award on their behalf, should they be absent. At the ceremony, as the award drew near, de Havilland accompanied Davis (her friend) backstage. But Anne Bancroft ended up winning the award instead, for her role in The Miracle Worker.
“Crawford swept by them, saying, ‘Excuse me, I have an award to accept,’” according to Bette Davis: The Performances that Made Her Great.
It seems safe to guess Paulson has been brought on to do a little more than that, but it’s a pretty great installment in the saga that was Davis vs. Crawford, so hopefully it’ll make the cut.
Source : vanityfair.com