TV Fact #166 – April 8th, 2015:

Here’s a very strange controversy from the show “Felicity” (1998-2002). In 1999, a publicly hyped young writer for the show, Riley Weston, was disclosed as a fraud for claiming to be much younger than she truly was.

At the age of 32, she began marketing herself to television studios as a recent high school graduate where she even passed off her husband as her older brother. She was soon hired by the WB Network as a writer for “Felicity” and hailed as a child prodigy and “wunderkind”. She was even featured on Entertainment Weekly ’​s October 1998 list of the “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment”, which described her as an up-and-coming 19-year-old.

Shortly thereafter, she was offered a half-million dollar screenwriting deal with Disney but her real identity and age were exposed after a “Felicity” producer checked her social security number. Sadly, soon afterward, her contract with WB expired and was not renewed, and her deal with Disney fell through.

Tragedy, unfair prosecution, or justice? That I leave to you.

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