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Olivia de Havilland sues FX over 'Feud' portrayal

“Putting false statements into a living person’s mouth and damaging their reputation is not protected by the First Amendment because the work is cloaked as fiction,” the suit reads.

By Danielle Haynes
Olivia de Havilland sues FX over 'Feud' portrayal
President George W. Bush (R) presents actress Olivia De Havilland with the 2008 National Medals of Arts during a ceremony at the White House on November 17, 2008. De Havilland on Friday filed a lawsuit against FX for her portrayal in its series "Feud: Bette and Joan." File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

July 1 (UPI) -- Veteran actress Olivia De Havilland has sued FX, saying its series, Feud: Bette and Joan, negatively and inaccurately portrays her as a gossip monger.

The Gone With the Wind actress, who turned 101 on Saturday, filed the lawsuit in California Superior Court on Friday.

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She said Feud's showrunners used her name and image without permission or compensation.

"Putting false statements into a living person's mouth and damaging their reputation is not protected by the First Amendment because the work is cloaked as fiction," the suit reads.

Feud documents the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange). Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays De Havilland in the anthology series.

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The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress and damage to her reputation. It also seeks to prevent the network from using her name and image in any series in the future.

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The second season of Feud, called Charles and Diana, will focus on the marriage and conflict between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The season is expected to premiere in 2018.

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