“Forgotten Hollywood”- Another De Havilland Lawsuit…

Posted on July 1, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Olivia de Havilland is suing FX and producer Ryan Murphy,  over the unauthorized use of her identity in Feud:  Bette and Joan. The miniseries was about the off-screen rivalry between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford,  and it co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones as de Havilland;  a confidante of Davis, and narrator throughout the eight-episode production.

“`De Havilland, who resides in France, and today turns 101, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against  FX Networks, LLC and Ryan Murphy Productions on an unauthorized commercial use of Dame Olivia’s name and identity in the FX hit series,  according to her attorneys, Suzelle Smith and Don Howarth.  The suit accuses FX, and its partners, of appropriating de Havilland’s name without proper permission, using fictional dialogue; and placing her in a false light to sensationalize the series, and to promote their own businesses, while ignoring her interests, entirely. She is the only living person that was substantively portrayed in the mini-series.  OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND ->

“`De Havilland is no stranger to legal proceedings. In 1943, she filed a landmark lawsuit against Warner Brothers that resulted in the collapse of the binding long-term contract system, and put the  de Havilland Law on the books, as a matter of course. This decision remains a most significant and far-reaching legal ruling in Hollywood. It allowed contract actors to choose movie projects, and create their own production companies; Humphrey Bogart and Burt Lancaster would choose the latter career path.

“`Her team plans to file a motion, seeking an expedited trial date because of de Havilland’s age. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for emotional distress; damage to her reputation, and past and future economic losses; plus, an injunction barring the defendants from using her name or image in the series, or otherwise.

“`FX declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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