Olivia de Havilland suing FX over ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’

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Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland is suing the makers of FX Network’s Feud: Bette and Joan, which she says portrayed her as a “petty gossip”.

De Havilland, who turns 101 on Sunday, filed a lawsuit against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy over the miniseries.

The drama explored the bad blood between the Hollywood screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

De Havilland was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.


In papers filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, de Havilland – who was made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honors in June – said the show’s characterization of her damaged her “professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice and dignity”.

The Gone With The Wind star is asking a jury to consider the emotional distress caused by the show, as well as potential financial losses and the profits made from using her identity.

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Olivia de Havilland, Gone With the Wind

The Paris-based actress’ lawyers told The Los Angeles Times: “The FX series puts words in the mouth of Miss de Havilland which are inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she has built over an 80-year professional life, specifically refusing to engage in gossip mongering about other actors in order to generate media attention for herself.”

De Havilland – the only person depicted in the series who is still alive – also said she was not consulted.

But in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, Mr Murphy said he did not contact de Havilland because he “didn’t want to be disrespectful and ask her, ‘Did this happen? Did that happen? What was your take on that?'”

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