Olivia de Havilland Sues "Feud" Makers for Invasion of Privacy

Olivia de Havilland to celebrate 101st birthday

Olivia de Havilland may be be turning 101 Saturday, but the two-time Oscar victor is not letting this chronological fact slow her down, certainly when it comes to suing FX Networks for using her as a character in its acclaimed series "Feud: Bette and Joan" and for showing her gossiping about the famously contentious relationship between screen legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Susan Sarandon stars as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange portrays Joan Crawford.

Catherine Zeta-Jones plays de Havilland in the show, serving as commentator on the two main actresses throughout the eight-episode series.

While De Havilland is "beloved and respected by her peers" and has a reputation for integrity and honesty, the series depicts her as "a hypocrite, selling gossip in order to promote herself" at the Academy Awards, the suit says.

"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", claims de Havilland's attorney Suzelle Smith. The show depicted a young de Havilland to explain aspects of the dispute throughout the series. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" he said.

Olivia De Havilland standing in an undated photo with telephone to her ear.




In an April interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said he did not contact de Havilland because he "didn't want to be disrespectful and ask her, "Did this happen?"

Here's an idea for the next season of Feud - Olivia de Havilland vs. Feud. "The First Amendment does not protect the false, damaging, unauthorized use of the name and identity of a real, living celebrity merely because the perpetrators cloak the work in the title of pure fiction, much less a pseudo-documentary film", the lawsuit states. Ms.de Havilland, 101, is seeking damages for "emotional harm" and "harm to her reputation", and is also pushing for an injunction against the use of her name and likeness.

FX and Ryan Murphy have yet to comment on Havilland's legal filing.

She is suing for infringement of common law right of publicity, invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment.

Despite the fact that de Havilland hadn't seen the show, she voiced her disapproval of it to Feinberg. De Havilland is the oldest person to receive such a title, the previous title holder being 100-year-old British actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, who received the title in 1991.

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