DeHaviland suit against Feud producers gets the go-ahead
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.”