Olivia de Havilland Sues FX Over 'Feud' Portrayal

Olivia De Havilland and Hattie Mc Daniel play the roles of Scarlett OHara Melanie Hamilton and Mammy respectively in a scene from the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind

Olivia De Havilland and Hattie Mc Daniel play the roles of Scarlett OHara Melanie Hamilton and Mammy respectively in a scene from the 1939 movie Gone with the Wind

Veteran actress Olivia De Havilland has sued FX, saying its series, Feud: Bette and Joan, negatively and inaccurately portrays her as a gossip monger.

De Havilland's suit alleges that "Feud: Bette and Joan", about the testy relationship of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, used her name and identity without permission or compensation.

Bette and Joan tells the story of the legendary rivalry between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) during their collaboration on the Academy Award-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and well after the cameras stopped rolling.

De Havilland is a two-time Oscar victor - Best Actress for "To Each His Own" (1946) and "The Heiress" (1949) - who is also known for her role in the 1939 classic "Gone with the Wind".

De Havilland, who was recently named a British dame by Queen Elizabeth II, also objects to the way the series shows her talking behind the backs of other stars, something that she says she never would have done "in her 80-year professional life", according to a release from the Los Angeles-based firm Howard and Smith. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" Murphy said, adding, "I didn't want to intrude on Ms.de Havilland". But she also expressed her dislike for shows that feature any representation of other persons, especially those who have already passed on.

'FX defendants did not engage in protected First Amendment speech in putting false words into the mouth of Olivia de Havilland in a fake interview that did not occur and would not have occurred'.

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De Havilland, a two-time Oscar victor, turns 101 tomorrow, July 1.

Her lawyers are asking for an expedited trial date because of the actress's age.

Later in her career, de Havilland appeared in the 1964 drama "Hush..."

She is suing for infringement of common law right of publicity, invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment. "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".

De Havilland is no stranger to legal proceedings.

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