Olivia De Havilland Sues "Feud: Bette And Joan" For Unauthorized Depiction

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The Gone With The Wind actress is suing Ryan Murphy and the FX Network for her portrayal in the sensational miniseries Feud.

Catherine Zeta-Jones portrayed Olivia de Havilland in a recurring role, and the two-time Academy Award winning actress - who turns 101-years-old today - is not happy with how she was depicted on the show. "Zeta-Jones" de Havilland refers to Joan Fontaine as her "bitch sister, ' an offensive term that stands in stark contrast with Olivia de Havilland's reputation for good manners, class and kindness", Smith states.

De Havilland's attorney, Suzelle Smith, wrote in the filing that all of the statements made by Zeta-Jones as de Havilland in the series are all false.

"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.

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"Feud" is primarily about the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange), especially during the production of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

FX would do well to remember that the Oscar victor already has a landmark legal precedent named after her that was formed after she successfully sued Warner Bros.to get out of unfair contract extensions the studio kept locking her into in the 1940s.

Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays de Havilland in "Feud", appearing numerous times in most episodes of the series and in FX's extensive advertising campaign. De Havilland was a friend of Davis' and her character served as a commentator in the show.

The star says Feud was created to look like reality, but no one consulted her: the only person alive who experienced the events depicted. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" he explained.

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She is suing for common law right of publicity, statutory right of publicity, unjust enrichment, and invasion of privacy. She also wants an injunction barring TV bosses from continuing to use her name and likeness.

FX had no comment.

In April, de Havilland told THR she hadn't seen the show, but "in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves".

De Havilland, best known for the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind", won two Oscars in a career spanning 50 movies that was also marked by a legendary feud with younger sister and fellow Oscar-winner Joan Fontaine that was worthy of a screenplay. Lawyers for de Havilland say that they will seek to get a speedy trial due to their client's advanced age.

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