Olivia de Havilland suing over Feud portrayal

by Steven Clarke July 2, 2017, 1:54

On Friday, de Havilland filed a complaint in L.A. County Superior Court claiming the series portrays her as a hypocrite gossip.

It also points to "Feud's" portrayal of de Havilland's relationship with her sister, Joan Fontaine, "again demeaning her reputation for being a lady in the face of unfair and untrue personal attacks".

De Havilland, who won two Academy Awards, began her movie career after director Max Reinhardt saw her in a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and cast her in his 1935 film version of the play.

Looks like Ryan Murphy might have a new storyline for "American Crime Story" on his hands, and it's right in his backyard.

Based on the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Bette and Joan aired earlier this year and featured Catherine Zeta-Jones as de Havilland.

"A$3 ll statements made by Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland in this fake interview are completely false, some inherently so; others false because they were never said", writes attorney Suzelle Smith.

"Putting false statements into a living person's mouth and damaging their reputation is not protected by the First Amendment because the work is cloaked as fiction", the suit reads. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" he said. The series shows Crawford as consumed by jealously over the fact that Davis received a best actress nomination but she didn't.

The actress, whose credits include the role of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone with the Wind", lives in Paris.

Naming Ryan Murphy and FX as co-defendants, Olivia de Havilland is suing for infringement of common law right of publicity, invasion of privacy, and unjust enrichment.

The Gone With The Wind star is asking a jury to consider the emotional distress caused by the show, as well as potential financial losses and the profits made from using her identity.

The "landmark decision" in her legal victory set the outside limit of a studio-player contract at seven years, including suspensions, according to Ephraim Katz's "The Film Encyclopedia".

As an actress in 1943, she successfully sued her longtime studio Warner Bros. and is recognized for breaking the studio contract system that essentially turned actors into indentured servants, they said, adding that they will be filing a motion seeking an expedited trial date due to her advanced age.


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