Olivia de Havilland is suing FX over portrayal in Ryan Murphy's Feud

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However, the actress is not happy with her portrayal onscreen and her lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Friday (30Jun17) is "based on the unauthorized commercial use of Dame Olivia's name and identity in the FX (network) hit series".

In the series, de Havilland is portrayed as a confidante of Davis who talks to documentary filmmakers and offers insight into Davis' and Crawford's rise to fame and into each actress' struggle to continue working in an industry that is not kind to mature actresses. She will turn 101 on Saturday. FX and Ryan Murphy's team declined requests to comment.

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".

The eight-episode miniseries, which premiered on March 5, is about the rivalry between Bette Davis, played by Susan Sarandon, and Joan Crawford, played by Jessica Lange. "I didn't write Olivia because I didn't want to be disrespectful and ask her, 'Did this happen?"

In April, de Havilland spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the show and admitted she hadn't seen it then.

"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", it reads. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" he explained.

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Meanwhile, de Havilland is also not happy with how her relationship with her sister, Joan Fontaine, was depicted. But she also expressed her dislike for shows that feature any representation of other persons, especially those who have already passed on.

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.

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.

In 1943 de Havilland declared that her seven-year deal with Warners had expired but the studio said she still owed them the six months that she spent on suspension.

De Havilland won Oscars for 1946's "To Each His Own" and 1949's "The Heiress", and was nominated for three other films, including "Gone with the Wind".

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