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

Tomas Mccoy
July 3, 2017

Two-time Oscar victor Dame Olivia de Havilland sued the FX cable channel and show runner Ryan Murphy's production company Friday, claiming that their mini-series "Feud: Bette and Joan" invades her privacy and falsely depicts her as a "petty gossip".

"Feud: Bette and Joan" portrays the decades-long rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, and is part of Mr. Murphy's larger FX anthology series depicting feuds throughout history.

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.

"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.

This year, de Havilland was the only living actress portrayed on the FX series "Feud: Bette and Joan".


But the real-life de Havilland says that such an interview never took place. The series shows Crawford as consumed by jealously over the fact that Davis received a best actress nomination but she didn't. She also says that she was not asked to give permission to use her likeness on the show.

FX and Murphy have not yet commented on the lawsuit or de Havilland's allegations.

July 1 marks the 101st birthday of actress Olivia de Havilland.

De Havilland moved to Paris in the 1950s, where she now resides, and has only made rare public appearances since retiring.

De Havilland made 50 movies in her career and nine were with Errol Flynn, including "Captain Blood", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "They Died With Their Boots On". Now, she's suing over the series. "At the 1963 Academy Awards, Zeta-Jones' de Havilland comments to Bette Davis, portrayed by Susan Sarandon, that Oscar host Frank Sinatra must have drunk all the alcohol in the backstage lounge, because they can not find any, the compliant says, getting three legends in one line". California's seven-year rule - Labor Code Section 2855, also known as the de Havilland Law - was a major step in dismantling the Hollywood studio system and putting power into the hands of talent.

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