Catherine Zeta-Jones to return to TV in Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the London premiere of "Ant-Man" on July 8, 2015. The actress is returning to TV after 20 years. File photo by Paul Treadway/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Catherine Zeta-Jones will return to television in Ryan Murphy‘s series “Feud.”

The 46-year-old Welsh actress, whose last TV role was in the 1996 miniseries “Titanic,” will play British-American screen legend Olivia de Havilland in the new FX drama.

“Thrilled that Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones is joining “Feud” as Oscar-winner Olivia de Havilland,” Murphy announced in a tweet Tuesday.

Zeta-Jones joins Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, who will portray Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, respectively. The show will explore the actresses’ famous rivalry and focus on other feuds in subsequent seasons.

Crawford and Davis’ rift began on the set of the 1962 movie “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and developed into a lifelong conflict. De Havilland, a two-time Academy Award most famous for playing the part of ‘Melanie’ in “Gone with the Wind,” was a friend of Davis.

“It is a fantastic project which only Ryan Murphy could deliver,” Fox Television CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in May. Murphy is known for the series “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens” and “American Crime Story.”

Zeta-Jones won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2002 movie “Chicago.” She has since appeared in “Intolerable Cruelty” and “The Legend of Zorro,” and will star in the forthcoming film “The Godmother.”


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