October 07, 2018

Olivia De Havilland goes to SCOTUS

Jack Kemp

Olivia De Havilland is taking it to the Supreme Court at age 102!

https://pagesix.com/2018/10/07/olivia-de-havilland-taking-fx-feud-to-the-supreme-court/

From the article:

"The famed actress is asking the US Supreme Court to overturn a California ruling that said it was OK for FX, Fox 21 TV and producer Ryan Murphy to use her persona and her name in Feud: Bette and Joan, an eight-episode series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Deadline reported Friday.

De Havilland was played on the show by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

[...]

Her lawyer, Suzelle Smith, told Deadline that the California decision "is a radical departure from traditional First Amendment precedent and benefits no group other than those who seek to use the names and identities of others in untrue and salacious
historical dramas" for their own profit."

[...]

De Havilland claims the networks and Murphy never asked for permission to use her likeness in "Feud" which aired in 2017. It's unclear what, if anything, she is seeking in damages.





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