Olivia de Havilland suing over Feud portrayal

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Veteran actress Olivia de Havilland is not pleased with how she was portrayed in Ryan Murphy's FX series, "Feud: Bette and Joan".

Seeking a jury trial, sweeping damages and unplugging the potential Emmy-contending show with an injunction, the two-time Oscar victor says her portrayal by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the anthology series damaged her "professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice and dignity".

Probably most upsetting to de Havilland is that the series put words into the mouth of her character which are "inaccurate and contrary to the reputation she built for herself".

"Miss de Havilland was not asked by FX for permission to use her name and identity and was not compensated for such use. FX Defendants knew that they did not obtain Olivia De Havilland's permission to use her name, identity, or likeness in their documentary or the advertisements of their products and services".

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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. According to THR, Havilland is accusing the series of tarnishing her reputation, depicting her as someone who gossiped about Davis and Crawford for publicity.

The two-time Oscar victor was one of the biggest stars of Hollywood's Golden Age and has appeared in more than 50 films.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles on Friday - one day before de Havilland turns 101.

Mr. Murphy, the creator of "Feud", told the The Hollywood Reporter in April that he did not contact de Havilland about her portrayal in the series. Lawyers for de Havilland say that they will seek to get a speedy trial due to their client's advanced age. "All of this is untrue and casts Olivia De Havilland in false, hurtful and damaging light".

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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.

Her team plans to file a motion seeking an expedited trial date because of de Havilland's age. "Did that happen? What was your take on that?'" Murphy said, adding, "I didn't want to intrude on Ms.de Havilland".

Despite the fact that de Havilland hadn't seen the show, she voiced her disapproval of it to Feinberg.

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