Dear Ryan Murphy,
Before I start this letter, I have to start with an apology. I hated Glee. I had an irrational anger towards Glee. I didn’t get the plots, people randomly bursting into song. It just all made me mad. I also tried watching American Horror Story but I could not do it with all that horror. While I am more than happy to binge on countless hours of shows on the ID Channel, I just could not deal with the horror of American Horror.
Then came American Crime Story and then Feud and now, I take back all the negativity and will faithfully follow you……metaphorically, I mean….like the stuff you put on TV. Not in a creepy way, although some might agree that statement is a little creepy. A lot creepy.
Anyway, The People vs OJ was phenomenal. I was a high school student during the trial and I did not know most of what went on. It was an incredible feat although, I will say I was slightly disappointed by the ending. I know the actual ending was that he was acquitted but there was a part of me that was hoping you’d go another way, but I digress. Honestly, I don’t want to talk any more about American Crime Story as you seem to have several seasons covered. Season 2 will be about Hurricane Katrina, Season 3 will be about the murder of Versace and Season 4 will be about the Lewinsky-Clinton scandal. So clearly, your work is done there and me adding any ideas would just be pointless and unnecessary and I also have nothing to add.
Now, let’s move on to Feud. A phenomenal story delving into the lives of iconic actresses, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during their tumultuous time while filming, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Every part of this movie was incredible and made me think of other feuds I’d like you to consider if you have any desire to hear the random thoughts of a random chick living in the San Fernando Valley and really, why wouldn’t you?
Okay so Feud Suggestions by me:
1. Olivia DeHavilland and Joan Fontaine
You touched on this briefly which I appreciated as a human being BUT I mean, they were sisters and hated each other and it wasn’t just “oh, goodness we hated each other”, this was intense hatred along every level. Olivia apparently broke Joan’s collarbone and I think we can all agree that if you break the bones of your siblings, it’s going to leave a lasting impression. They were also acting rivals and Joan was apparently up for the role of Melanie in Gone with the Wind first and that ended up going to Olivia. Also, when Joan and Olivia’s mother died, Olivia didn’t even invite her sister to the memorial service. That’s cold…and also good television but super cold.
2. Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor
In a love triangle that would later be repeated by Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie, Debbie Reynolds was the girl next door and married to Eddie Fischer and then when Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, Mike Todd, died Eddie Fisher comforted Elizabeth Taylor and then they got married…..and later divorced. This was a scandal and a feud and I know this would be dream casting that will never happen but it would make me so very happy, Jennifer Aniston in the role of Debbie Reynolds and Angelina Jolie in the role of Elizabeth Taylor….it could work or you could have a whole feud within a feud….
3. Vivian Vance and William Frawley
Ethel and Fred. There have been so many stories about Lucy and Desi. There have been movies, books, we know and I don’t think there is anything else to know but the feud between William Frawley and Vivian Vance who were supposed to be playing husband and wife in I Love Lucy is legendary. She hated that he was so much older than her, he just disliked her in general. I would watch it and there’s a rumor that when he died, she was happy and said everyone should have champagne. I mean, come on!
4. Abbott and Costello
This one was surprising! The legendary comic duo, Bud Abbott, and Lou Costello did not always get along. In 1945, Costello called Abbott a drunk and there was a huge fight over a maid because Abbott had hired a maid that Costello had fired. There were times where they stopped speaking to each other except if they were performing. That coupled with their own individual tragedies: Costello’s son died, Abbott had health issues and this also proves that feuds did not just involve the women of Hollywood.
5. Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper
This was also briefly touched on in Feud but I think it could be revisited. These two women were the biggest gossip columnists of that day and there was a rivalry, a feud (see what I did there?) and people were pissed…..well, celebrities were pissed. It would give an insight into tabloid culture, especially at that time when things were hidden far better than they are now. They did have the power to destroy careers and they did….while trying to outdo each other.
So in conclusion. while you probably aren’t going to see this and my opinions are well…mine….perhaps these feuds might inspire you or maybe inspire someone else. I don’t need credit….well, a little wouldn’t hurt……
I do enjoy cookies.