It also points to "Feud's" portrayal of de Havilland's relationship with her sister, Joan Fontaine, "again demeaning her reputation for being a lady in the face of unfair and untrue personal attacks".
This isn't de Havilland's first experience with entertainment lawsuits; her lawsuit against Warner Bros.in 1943 ushered in the De Havilland Law, which eliminated the studio system's ability to require services from an entertainer seven years after their contract began.
FX and Ryan Murphy have another feud on their hands. "Zeta-Jones" de Havilland refers to Joan Fontaine as her "bitch sister, ' an offensive term that stands in stark contrast with Olivia de Havilland's reputation for good manners, class and kindness", Smith states.
In the complaint, lawyers criticized Zeta-Jones' depiction of de Havilland giving an interview that they said had never taken place in real life, even though the series intended for viewers to believe it was true.
Murphy said in an interview with THR April that he didn't ask de Havilland about the series because he didn't want to be disrespectful. There is no public interest to be protected by putting false statements into the mouth of a living person, using their name and identity for a false and unauthorized objective, damaging their reputation.
The actress, whose credits include the role of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone with the Wind", lives in Paris. She said, "On principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves". The veteran actress is also asking the court for damages and profits gained from the show.
Olivia de Havilland, two-time Best Actress Oscar victor and silver screen icon, is coming out of retirement for one last prize fight.
As this suit comes on the day before de Havilland's 101st birthday, the Los Angeles Times reports that her legal team will be seeking an expedited trial to resolve the matter as fast as possible.