Olivia De Havilland Suing FX Over Catherine Zeta-Jones' Portrayal On 'Feud'

Jonathan Hernandez
July 2, 2017

Ryan Murphy's Feud has sparked a new feud with his portrayal of classic Hollywood actresses Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Olivia de Havilland.

Here's an idea for the next season of Feud - Olivia de Havilland vs. Feud.

"Each FX defendant knew "Feud" would be more successful if they placed an individual like Olivia de Havilland, who is known for her honesty and integrity, at the forefront of the story", writes Smith.

In representing Ms.de Havilland, attorney Suzelle Smith states that lines spoken by Catherine Zeta-Jones, acting as Olivia in Feud, were all false. There is no public interest to be protected by putting false statements into the mouth of a living person, using their name and identity for a false and unauthorized goal, damaging their reputation.

Warner Bros. then loaned her out to make "Gone With the Wind", and de Havilland's gentle but willful personality helped make the role of Melanie one of the movie's most intriguing parts.

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

Murphy admitted as much in an April interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying he never contacted de Havilland about his series because he didn't want to intrude. The series shows Crawford as consumed by jealously over the fact that Davis received a best actress nomination but she didn't.

FX had no comment. "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", she said.

De Havilland says that FX and Murphy can not use free speech protections under the First Amendment to defeat her lawsuit.

She is asking the court for damages, any profits gained from the use of her likeness and an injunction to prevent FX from using her name and likeness again, THR said.

On the eve of her 101st birthday, Olivia de Havilland is serving FX with a gift of her own - a lawsuit.

De Havilland won in court, weakening the major studios' dominance over actors by limiting actors' contracts to seven years, regardless of suspension time. "Her black gown, capped with sheer sleeves, is exactly the same", De Havilland's lawyers assert. 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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