Olivia De Havilland Tried To Sue FX Over Catherine Zeta-Jones' TV Portrayal Of Her As Hypocrite But Failed

Date March 8, 2018

She might be at the grand age of 102, but you shouldn’t mess with Dame Olivia de Havilland! One of the last surviving actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood sued the producers of Feud, a popular TV series. Why? Because she believed they unfairly portray her.


Suing the TV network

The FX show focuses on the rivalry of Joan Crawford and Better Davis. But since Dame Olivia was a friend of the latter, she also appears in the drama. And the actress was not satisfied with what she said and commented there.


De Havilland revealed she was offended by how foul-mouthed and gossipy she was portrayed. Besides, she also sued the TV channel because they never sought her permission to use her identity and name.

© Feud (2017) / FX Networks

 The creators believe that they didn’t need the actress’ consent. And they emphasize that de Havilland’s portrayal is definitely positive. As the network said:


She is portrayed as a wise, respectful friend and counselor to Bette Davis, and a Hollywood icon with a unique perspective on the past.


© Feud (2017) / FX Networks

They also based all the dialogs on real sentiments, emotions, and comments made by Dame Olivia over the years. Only, they adjusted them a bit to please the modern audience.

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Celebrating a milestone

She announced she was going to sue the series on the eve of her 101st birthday. But she also had a pleasant occasion to celebrate. Shortly before turning 101, the iconic actress was named a Dame Commander, becoming the oldest person to achieve such a milestone.


What happened next? At first, a Los Angeles judge allowed the actress to move forward toward trial, but a California appeals court reversed the decision. Then neither the California Supreme Court nor the U.S. Supreme Court thought intervention was warranted. The actress just had no options to continue her fight. 

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