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Subject: OT: Supreme Court won't hear Olivia de Havilland case


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Date Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 04:53:40am

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court is declining to revive a lawsuit by Olivia de Havilland over the FX Networks miniseries "Feud: Bette and Joan," which centered on the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

The high court on Monday said it would not take the actress' case. That means a California appeals court's decision throwing out the lawsuit stands. The appeals court unanimously ruled in 2018 that California law and the First Amendment required the lawsuit's dismissal.

The 102-year-old de Havilland had objected to her depiction on the eight-part miniseries. She said her likeness was illegally used and her character, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, came across as a vulgar gossipmonger.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a unanimous decision that the First Amendment rights of the show's creators clearly trump de Havilland's claims that permission to use her likeness was needed and she should have been compensated.

"Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star 'a living legend' or a person no one knows, she or he does not own history," the three-judge panel wrote in its decision. "Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator's portrayal of actual people."

The judges agreed that the logic behind de Havilland's suit would make legal action possible against "all books, films, plays and television programs that accurately portray real people."

As is its usual practice, the Supreme Court did not say anything about the case in declining to hear it.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2019/01/07/supreme-court-wont-hear-olivia-de-havillands-case-feud/2506752002/

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Frankly my dear ..... (NT)C.G.Tuesday, January 08, 05:49:29am
I thought this was am archive post of a case from the 40s or something! (NT)Took a while to realize Olivia is still alive and this is current eventsTuesday, January 08, 07:26:04am


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