Olivia De Havilland Gets A Big No From California Supreme Court After Revision Of 'Feud' Suit

Date July 16, 2018 14:37

Veteran actress Olivia de Havilland was far from being pleased with the way FX Networks have portrayed her in Feud miniseries, and legal action was her first port of call. Last summer, in her jury-seeking complaint, de Havilland claimed that producers of the show did not consult with her prior to starting the production.


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According to de Havilland, the eight-part miniseries, which won an Emmy 2017 award for the portrayals of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, was damaging to her reputation and tarnished her image. Unfortunately, the suit she filed in March was ruled out by the California Supreme Court.

Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star — 'a living legend' — or a person no one knows, she or he does not own history. Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator's portrayal of actual people.


Despite this, de Havilland did not relent and requested a review of the deflating ruling. However, the verdict she got the second time was far from favorable. On July 10, the Supreme Court of California did not even offer an explanation for their “petition denied” verdict.


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While it may seem like the end of the road, de Havilland could still get another shot at winning. Her lawyers are working on paperwork to move the matter to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Fans are largely divided on the issue of de Havilland’s suit. Some of them argue that Catherine Zeta-Jones, who played de Havilland, did a good job. Others feel that De Havilland is right, objecting to FX and the court.

There is no telling if the 102-year-old Gone with the Wind actress will have any respite in court, but, seeing as her suit has already been denied twice, the odds are still up in the air.

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