On the eve of her 101st birthday, two-time Oscar victor Olivia de Havilland has announced she is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy over the unauthorized use of her identity in "Feud: Bette and Joan", according to a statement released Friday morning.
Olivia de Havilland turns 101 tomorrow.
"Feud" is primarily about the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange), especially during the production of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"
The series focuses on the famous Hollywood feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. De Havilland complains that she gave no such interview and that other scenes within the film reflect poorly on her.
Havilland is also reportedly angry nobody from the series contacted her, the only living person who actually experienced the events acted out.
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De Havilland lives in Paris. This is apparently very upsetting for the real De Havilland, who has prided herself on the "reputation for integrity and dignity" that she built by "refraining from gossip and other unkind, ill-mannered behavior".
Her attorney added that de Havilland isn't pursuing this case for her own sake. De Havilland's lawyer stressed the fact that her client is known for being kind and respectful so she would never use such a term.
Murphy said in an interview with THR April that he didn't ask de Havilland about the series because he didn't want to be disrespectful.
De Havilland is suing Murphy and FX on common law right of publicity, invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment.
De Havilland moved to Paris in the 1950s, where she now resides, and has only made rare public appearances since retiring. "Then, unfortunately, there was the disgusting tragedy that happened there in Nice, so I didn't get the chance to", Zeta-Jones said in January.
De Havilland won in court, weakening the major studios' dominance over actors by limiting actors' contracts to seven years, regardless of suspension time. Did we mention she's turning 101 on July 1??