Olivia de Havilland sues FX over 'Feud' portrayal

Olivia de Havilland sues FX over 'Feud' portrayal

"(The Oscars of 1963),' Zeta-Jones" 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 kindess", it says, maintaining that the actress "did not, and does not, engage in such vulgarity".

Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played de Havilland in "Feud", said she wanted to take on the role after hearing stories about the star.

Suzelle Smith, an attorney for de Havilland, said in a statement that FX was "wrong to ignore Miss de Havilland and proceed without her permission for its own profit". The documents point to the opening scene of the series, which depicts an interview with de Havilland where she gossips about Davis and Crawford, noting that FX "promoted and advertised that "Feud" was intentionally created to look as if it was reality". Her portrayal in the series was instead based Murphy's own research, including an interview he conducted with Davis shortly before her death in 1989.

Catherine Zeta-Jones played De Havilland in the series, which aired earlier this year.

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Lawyers for de Havilland, whose 101st birthday is on Saturday, said the network and Ryan Murphy Productions did not consult with her and that she is the only living person to be depicted in the eight-part miniseries. "I didn't write Olivia because I didn't want to be disrespectful and ask her, 'Did this happen?" Representative for Murphy and FX Networks, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment.

At other times the show depicts her as a "petty gossip" she adds, calling the Oscars interview "fake" and "completely false".

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.

The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress, damage to her reputation and past and future economic losses, as well as an injunction barring the defendants from using her name or image in the series or otherwise. 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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