Olivia de Havilland to celebrate 101st birthday

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Olivia de Havilland, one of the last surviving cast members of the classic 1939 film "Gone With The Wind", will celebrate her 101st birthday on Saturday. She's asking for damages, profits obtained through the use of her likeness, and is also requesting an injunction against FX to keep them from using her name or likeness.

"For almost a half a century, they hated each other, and we loved them for it", Zeta-Jones' de Havilland says in the show.

It argues that 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". This is apparently very upsetting for the real De Havilland, who has prided herself on the "reputation for integrity and dignity" that she built by "refraining from gossip and other unkind, ill-mannered behavior".

But now the success of the hotly-anticipated drama rests in the balance, after it was revealed yesterday that Dame Olivia is suing the network Ryan Murphy Productions over their "completely false" portrayal of her, which she believes to be "inherently" untrue.

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayed Havilland in the anthology series.

Though the show is meant to dramatize actual historical events, de Havilland said she was never consulted or asked for permission to use her identity, despite the fact that she claims she is the only survivor of the events the series depicts.




"FX and its partners appropriated Miss de Havilland's name and identity and placed her in a false light to sensationalize the series and to promote their own businesses, including the FX network and brand, ignoring Miss de Havilland's interests entirely".

As this suit comes on the day before de Havilland's 101st birthday, the Los Angeles Times reports that her legal team will be seeking an expedited trial to resolve the matter as fast as possible. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" he explained.

She also not a fan of how the show depicted her relationship with her sister.

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.

FX had no comment. Pictured: De Havilland attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 15, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

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