Olivia’s ‘Feud’ ap­peal

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

OLIVIA de Hav­il­land has asked the Cal­i­for­nia Supreme Court to revive her law­suit against the FX Net­work’s show Feud: Bette and Joan.

Lawyers for the 101-yearold ac­tor filed the ap­peal yes­ter­day, ask­ing the court to re­verse an ap­peals court de­ci­sion in March that threw out the suit. De Hav­il­land ob­jected to her de­pic­tion on the show, say­ing her like­ness was il­le­gally used and her char­ac­ter, played by Cather­ine Zeta-Jones, came across as a gos­sip­mon­ger.

The ap­peals court ruled that cre­ators’ first amend­ment rights trump de Hav­il­land’s ob­jec­tions.

Feud cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy said that it was a vic­tory for the cre­ative com­mu­nity.

De Hav­il­land’s lawyer said the re­jec­tion “puts every­one at the mercy of the me­dia and entertainment in­dus­try”.

Olivia de Hav­il­land in 1946.

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