Top U.S. court won’t hear de Hav­il­land’s suit

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LIFE -

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is de­clin­ing to re­vive a law­suit by Olivia de Hav­il­land over the FX Net­works minis­eries Feud: Bette and Joan, which cen­tred on the ri­valry be­tween ac­tresses Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford.

The high court on Mon­day said it would not take the ac­tress’s case. That means a Cal­i­for­nia ap­peals court’s de­ci­sion throw­ing out the law­suit stands. The ap­peals court unan­i­mously ruled in 2018 that Cal­i­for­nia law and the First Amend­ment re­quired the law­suit’s dis­missal.

The 102-year-old de Hav­il­land had ob­jected to her de­pic­tion on the eight-part minis­eries. She said her like­ness was il­le­gally used and her char­ac­ter, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vul­gar gossipmonger.

As is its usual prac­tice, the Supreme Court did not say any­thing about the case in de­clin­ing to hear it.

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