DeHav­i­land suit against Feud pro­duc­ers gets the go-ahead

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Hol­ly­wood leg­end Olivia De Hav­il­land has scored a vic­tory in her bat­tle with the pro­duc­ers of TV drama Feud: Bette and Joan — her case against them is go­ing to trial in Novem­ber.

As the show’s cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy and his stars Su­san Saran­don and Jessica Lange pre­pare for Sun­day’s Emmy Awards, the 101-year-old movie vet­eran’s re­quest for an au­tumn trial over her de­pic­tion in the se­ries has been granted.

Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court Judge Holly Kendig has set a start date for the five-to-seven-day trial for Nov. 27 stat­ing, “I can’t imag­ine not grant­ing the mo­tion based on the plain­tiff be­ing 101.”

The star first filed her com­plaint against the Feud: Bette and Joan pro­duc­ers in June, claim­ing that her por­trayal by Cather­ine Zeta-Jones dam­aged her “pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion for in­tegrity, hon­esty, gen­eros­ity, self-sac­ri­fice and dig­nity.”

She filed a mo­tion to fast track the pro­ceed­ings in July, ar­gu­ing her “un­usu­ally ad­vanced age” should be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion as law­mak­ers mulled over a trial date.

She was par­tic­u­larly hurt by one scene in which Zeta-Jones, as de Hav­il­land, ap­peared to poke fun at Frank Si­na­tra.

The com­plaint reads: “At the 1963 Academy Awards, Zeta-Jones’ de Hav­il­land com­ments to Bette Davis, por­trayed by Su­san Saran­don, that Os­car host Frank Si­na­tra must have drunk all the al­co­hol in the back­stage lounge, be­cause they can­not find any. All of this is un­true and casts Olivia de Hav­il­land in a false, hurt­ful and dam­ag­ing light.”

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