Everyone Wanted an Invite to Truman Capote’s Party—and ‘Feud’ Got Us In

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On Nov. 28, 1966, author Truman Capote threw a party so grand, star-studded, and exclusive that it singlehandedly defined its guests’ societal status. “It was an invitation that people were clawing to get,” actress Candice Bergen recently said of the Black and White Ball, Capote’s infamous masked affair. “It was New York at its most vicious.”

The soirée, held at New York’s Plaza Hotel just four days after Thanksgiving, was the literal talk of the town for months leading up to the event. Those who mingled in circles of high society and celebrity spent weeks vying for an invitation, and gossiping about who would and would not be on the list. They suffered through the holiday when all they really wanted to do was make sure that the finishing touches on their designer clothes were being attended to. And Capote, the glutton for attention he was, relished every last drop of anticipation.

That same year, documentary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles followed Capote for their short film With Love from Truman. The candid interviews led to a friendship between the writer and the two brothers. While Albert attended the ball as a guest, the FX series Feud: Capote vs. the Swans ponders what it might have been like if both siblings brought their cameras into Capote’s modern aristocracy.

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