Diane Lane is a sensation in scarlet as she heads to Good Morning America where she remembers late Feud co-star Treat Williams

Diane Lane was a sensation in scarlet when she was spotted dashing to a taping of Good Morning America in New York on Thursday.

She has plunged into the publicity whirlwind for her upcoming FX show Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, the latest confection from Ryan Murphy.

The ‘Swans’ were the New York socialites who welcomed Truman Capote into their circle, only to ruthlessly jettison him when he aired out their dirty laundry in public. 

When she surfaced in Manhattan to do the media rounds on Thursday, Diane cut an elegant figure in a silk-lined red trouser suit that flattered her slender frame.

While appearing on Good Morning America, Diane, 59, fondly remembered her late co-star Treat Williams, who features on Feud as CBS president Bill Paley.

Diane Lane was a sensation in scarlet when she was spotted dashing to a taping of Good Morning America in New York on Thursday

She has plunged into the publicity whirlwind for her upcoming FX show Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, the latest confection from Ryan Murphy

When she surfaced in Manhattan to do the media rounds on Thursday, Diane cut an elegant figure in a silk-lined red trouser suit that flattered her slender frame

She has plunged into the publicity whirlwind for her upcoming FX show Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, the latest confection from Ryan Murphy 

While appearing on Good Morning America, Diane, 59, fondly remembered her late co-star Treat Williams, who features on Feud as CBS president Bill Paley; Treat is pictured on Feud

While appearing on Good Morning America, Diane, 59, fondly remembered her late co-star Treat Williams, who features on Feud as CBS president Bill Paley; Treat is pictured on Feud

Treat was killed in a grisly road accident last summer at the age of 71, struck by an SUV while he was riding his motorcycle.

During her latest interview, Diane showered praise on Treat, hailing him as ‘such a joyous man, and his joy will linger with us forever.’

She recalled being ‘intimidated’ by him when she glimpsed him at a New York party in 1979, just after he made a splash in the movies 1941 and Hair.

Diane herself was only 14 years old at the time and had just made her film debut in the comedy A Little Romance, starring Laurence Olivier.

Describing the party on Good Morning America, she dished that ‘Liza Minnelli was dating Baryshnikov at the time and Lucille Ball was there.’

Diane was attempting to ‘get close to Lucille Ball’ when Treat, a dashing new movie star in his late 20s, sauntered into the fete.

‘And I had auditioned for Miloš Forman to try to be like a 12-year-old hippie hanging along maybe in the cast of Hair,’ she noted.

‘But he was the It Guy, he had just – I mean, he had the chest hair and he had the long hair, and he was bringing it from Hair still. Everybody was like: “Look at this guy, he’s got a career.” He came walkin’ in the room.’

At another point on Thursday, Diane could be seen stepping out in a snappy, collared black dress and a matching pair of heels

At another point on Thursday, Diane could be seen stepping out in a snappy, collared black dress and a matching pair of heels

Diane features on Feud as the acid-tongued society maven Nancy 'Slim' Keith, who husband-hopped from Howard Hawks to Leland Heyward to an English baron

Premiering January 31, Feud: Capote vs. The Swans stars Tom Hollander as Truman Capote, in the story of his dramatic exile from the New York beau monde

Diane features on Feud as the acid-tongued society maven Nancy ‘Slim’ Keith, who husband-hopped from Howard Hawks to Leland Heyward to an English baron

Decades later, when Diane and Treat crossed paths again for Feud, she recounted the story to him and ‘he remembered it too,’ joking: ‘I know, and look at me now!’ 

At another point on Thursday, Diane could be seen stepping out in a snappy, collared black dress and a matching pair of heels.

Premiering January 31, Feud: Capote vs. The Swans stars Tom Hollander as Truman Capote, in the story of his dramatic exile from the New York beau monde.

Truman charmed his way into the highest echelons of New York society, becoming the confidante of many of its top trophy wives, whom he called his ‘Swans.’

The break came in 1975, when he published a now infamous short story in Esquire called La Côte Basque, 1965, dishing the dirt on his extremely thinly-veiled friends.

Furious and wounded at his betrayal, the Swans closed ranks and ejected him from their circle, much to Truman’s shock and dismay.

‘What did they expect?’ he moaned. ‘I’m a writer, and I use everything. Did all those people think I was there just to entertain them?’

Diane plays the acid-tongued society maven Nancy ‘Slim’ Keith, who husband-hopped from Howard Hawks to Leland Heyward to an English baron. 

During her latest interview, Diane showered praise on Treat, hailing him as 'such a joyous man, and his joy will linger with us forever'

During her latest interview, Diane showered praise on Treat, hailing him as ‘such a joyous man, and his joy will linger with us forever’

She recalled being 'intimidated' by him when she glimpsed him at a New York party in 1979, just after he made a splash in the movies 1941 and Hair

She recalled being ‘intimidated’ by him when she glimpsed him at a New York party in 1979, just after he made a splash in the movies 1941 and Hair

In La Côte Basque, 1965, Slim is rendered as ‘Lady Ina Coolbirth,’ an American who has married her way into the British aristocracy and spends the story gleefully spilling her dearest friends’ nastiest secrets.

Meanwhile Naomi Watts features as Babe Paley, the wife of CBS president Bill Paley and a woman widely vaunted as one of the most beautiful and stylish in New York. 

Of all the Swans, Babe was among those most hurt by the Esquire piece, inasmuch as she had regarded Truman as a close and trusted friend.

Compounding her misery, the story was published at a time when Babe was battling what turned out to be a terminal bout of lung cancer.

La Côte Basque, 1965 includes an anecdote in which a stand-in for Babe’s husband has an adulterous one-night stand with a stand-in for Maria Harriman, the wife of diplomat-turned-New-York-governor Averell Harriman. 

In Truman's short story La Côte Basque, 1965, Slim is rendered as 'Lady Ina Coolbirth,' who spends the piece gleefully spilling her dearest friends' nastiest secrets; Diane pictured on Feud

In Truman’s short story La Côte Basque, 1965, Slim is rendered as ‘Lady Ina Coolbirth,’ who spends the piece gleefully spilling her dearest friends’ nastiest secrets; Diane pictured on Feud

The real Slim Keith is pictured on her porch in Lyford Cay, New Providence Island in 1974, the year after Truman's scandalous short story was published

The real Slim Keith is pictured on her porch in Lyford Cay, New Providence Island in 1974, the year after Truman’s scandalous short story was published

In the Esquire piece, the governor’s wife has her period all over the tycoon’s sheets, forcing him to spend all night trying to remove the stains before his wife gets home.

Chloe Sevigny meanwhile plays horsewoman and fashion plate CZ Guest, who remained friends with Truman after the furor over the Esquire story – an act of loyalty possibly made easier by the fact she was not turned into one of his characters. 

Calista Flockhart plays Jackie Kennedy’s perpetually eclipsed younger sister Lee Radziwill, with Molly Ringwald as Johnny Carson’s second ex-wife Joanne, whose Los Angeles home became the site of Truman’s death.

Demi Moore plays Ann Woodward, a social climber who became a scandalous figure when she killed her wealthy husband at home with a shotgun and avoided having to go to trial by insisting she thought he was a burglar.

When she got word that Truman’s story was about to air out her past all over again and suggest she murdered her husband deliberately, Ann committed suicide.

‘Well, that’s that,’ her mother-in-law remarked. ‘She shot my son, and Truman just murdered her, and so now I suppose we don’t have to worry about that anymore.’ 

 

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