FX would do well to remember that the Oscar victor already has a landmark legal precedent named after her that was formed after she successfully sued Warner Bros.to get out of unfair contract extensions the studio kept locking her into in the 1940s. However, she says she didn't give her permission for her likeness to be used in the show, and is alleging invasion of privacy, among other things.
De Havilland moved to Paris in the 1950s, where she now resides, and has only made rare public appearances since retiring.
Looks like Ryan Murphy might have a new storyline for "American Crime Story" on his hands, and it's right in his backyard.
The actress is suing the network, along with Ryan Murphy Productions, over her portrayal in "Feud", saying that it paints her in a false light, according to court documents obtained by Variety.
The show starred Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, depicting their rivalry during and after the production of the iconic 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
"For almost a half a century, they hated each other, and we loved them for it", Zeta-Jones' de Havilland says in the show.
Havilland is also reportedly angry nobody from the series contacted her, the only living person who actually experienced the events acted out. "FX defendants did not engage in protected First Amendment speech in putting false words into the mouth of Olivia de Havilland in a fake interview that did not occur and would not have occurred", attorney Suzelle Smith said.
The documents point to the opening scene of the series, which depicts an interview with Havilland where she gossips about Davis and Crawford, noting that FX "promoted and advertised that "Feud" was intentionally created to look as if it was reality". "Did that happen? What was your take on that?"
At other times the show depicts her as a "petty gossip" she adds, calling the Oscars interview "fake" and "completely false".
The complaint requests a jury trial to determine damages that include emotional distress and economic losses as well as profits made by defendants using de Havilland's likeness.
Olivia de Havilland, two-time Best Actress Oscar victor and silver screen icon, is coming out of retirement for one last prize fight.