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Subject: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones played deHavilland in the fames TV miniseries "FEUD: Bette & Joan" about the famous Crawford/Davis feud of the early 1960s.


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At 101, deHavilland sued the production for defamation, and lost.
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Date Posted: Sunday, July 26, 04:40:53pm
In reply to: JW 's message, "She and Joan Fontaine were the only acting Oscar winning sisters, yet they had a well-publicized feud for much of their lives." on Sunday, July 26, 01:09:33pm

De Havilland, as a confidante and friend of Bette Davis, is featured in the
TV miniseries "Feud: Bette and Joan", portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones. ...

...In the series, de Havilland reflects on the origins and depth of the Davis-Crawford feud and how it affected contemporary female Hollywood stars. On June 30, 2017, a day before her 101st birthday, she filed a lawsuit against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy for inaccurately portraying her and using her likeness without permission. Although FX attempted to strike the suit as a strategic lawsuit against public participation, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Holly Kendig denied the motion in September 2017, and also granted de Havilland's request to advance the trial date (a motion for preference) and set trial for November 2017. An interlocutory appeal of Judge Kendig's ruling was argued in March 2018. A three-justice panel of the California Court of Appeal of the Second District ruled against the defamation suit brought by De Havilland (that is, by ruling the trial court erred in denying the defendants' motion to strike), in a published opinion by Justice Anne Egerton that affirmed the right of filmmakers to embellish the historical record and that such portrayals are protected by the First Amendment. De Havilland appealed the decision to the Supreme Court in September 2018, which declined to review the case.

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