This week’s controversy centers around 101-year-old Olivia de Havilland filing a lawsuit against Ryan Murphy for the way he portrayed her in Feud on FX.
Ryan Murphy messed with the wrong 101-year-old lady. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland has filed a lawsuit against FX Networks and Ryan Murphy productions because of the way she was portrayed on Feud: Bette and Joan. Yikes.
De Havilland, who you might remember as Melanie in Gone with the Wind, is the only living person who was portrayed on Feud. She was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones on the show. According to de Havilland’s legal team, the portrayal made it seem like her gossiping was at the center of some of the aforementioned feuding between Jessica Lange’s Bette Davis and Susan Sarandon’s Joan Crawford. Ms. de Havilland says that was not the case.
Ryan Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter in April that he never contacted de Havilland about the show because he didn’t want to be “disrespectful.” Sounds like she’s feeling disrespected now.
So, whose side are we on here? Hard to say, but we’ve got to give it to Ms. de Havilland, still standing up for herself at 101.
The next season of Feud will explore the rocky relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles. It’s set to premiere in 2018. No word yet on who it may or may not offend.
Whose side are you on in the de Havilland Murphy match-up? Tell us in the comments.