Actress Olivia de Havilland is perhaps 102 years old, but she still stands up for herself. Olivia is currently suing FX Networks for how she was portrayed in the Feud: Bette and Joan series. Olivia, a Hollywood legend who is best known for her roles in Gone With the Wind and The Heriress, said she felt blind because of the show.
She said she was furious that she was never consulted and that she had never imagined that she would be misled in such a way. Her fight with FX Networks has been going on for more than a year and a half and she is now asking the Supreme Court to participate. She claims that the network never gave her permission and slandered her in the series.
Updates On The Case
She lost a court case in California last March and the state Supreme Court in July, so she is now asking the Supreme Court to hopefully pursue a jury trial. She says the show misrepresents her as ‘profane gossip’ and made-up storylines about her screaming obscenities with her sister, actress Joan Fontaine. Joan died in 2013 at the age of 96.
Other studios are keeping a close eye on this matter. If Olivia wins this case, it can lead to serious changes to networks and their shows with famous people. This is not the first time that Olivia has also sued a network. She prosecuted Warner Bros. in 1943 (she was only 27 years old) about a restrictive studio contract. The studio blacklisted her, but she eventually won and her career continued after the trial. There is now a De Havilland law that “prohibits the maintenance of personal service contracts after seven years”.
What Will The Supreme Court Say?
FX is currently not backing up the case either. The Supreme Court could take a decision next month. Stay informed for more information about this case. Olivia currently lives a relatively quiet life outside of this drama and lives in Paris, France. She is one of the few living members left over from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Have you seen the show? Catherine Zeta-Jones played Olivia de Havilland in the Feud series. What did you think of her portrait? Do you think Olivia is right by denouncing the network? She certainly still has a lot to pick for her age which is great to see!
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