Olivia’s ‘Feud’ appeal
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.