Olivia de Havilland is starting her own feud with Ryan Murphy's "Feud"
Adventures of Robin Hood actress Olivia de Havilland turns 101 years old today, and she shows no signs slowing down — or backing down. In fact, Olivia recently filed a lawsuit against FX Network’s Feud and television creator Ryan Murphy for their unsavory portrayal of her in the miniseries’s first season, Feud: Joan and Bette. The miniseries explores the tricky rivalry and infamous feud between Hollywood screen legends, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Olivia de Havilland on the show and is portrayed as a gossip peddler and shameless self-promoter.
According to Olivia’s lawyers, the actress has built her reputation by specifically refusing to gossip about other well-known celebrities (especially in an attempt to generate publicity for herself). That’s perhaps why de Havilland has found the Feud portrayal so damaging both professionally and personally.
It doesn’t help that Olivia de Havilland is the only living person portrayed in the miniseries — and that she was not consulted about her real-life experiences. What’s more, Feud creator Ryan Murphy admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that he never contacted Olivia de Havilland about the series, because he did not want to be intrusive. He told the publication:
When news of the lawsuit hit the Twitter-verse, users had plenty to say.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olivia is suing for the following:
Wowza! That’s quite a list. Unfortunately, for all parties involved, it seems this is one feud that won’t be resolved any time soon.