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Dame Olivia de Havilland, DBE  Unofficial instagram dedicated to the Last Star of the Golden Age of Hollywood 🎬 Profile shot by Andy Gotts 🎥

(A tad late) Happy 102nd Birthday to #KirkDouglas (9th Dec, 1916) pictured here on two separate occasions with our Dame #OliviadeHavilland, the first at #CannesFilmFestival in 1953, the second photo at an event in #BeverlyHills in the early #1960s
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“It is essential not to give up in any struggle one undertakes,” #OliviadeHavilland said she was “furious” to learn of her depiction on #Feud. “I certainly expected that I would be consulted about the text,” she explained. “I never imagined that anyone would misrepresent me.” The actress also stated that, had #CatherineZetaJones reached out to her, she would have agreed to meet with her Oscar-winning peer “under proper conditions.” De Havilland’s legal battle centers on the issue of whether Hollywood projects are protected by the First Amendment. De Havilland’s legal team argues that, in the case of Feud, FX went too far. If de Havilland succeeds, her case could again change the way Hollywood does business—this time seriously affecting biopics and projects inspired by real people or events.

Asked about de Havilland’s court battle, some eight decades after she made Hollywood history, the actress told the paper, “It is only natural for me to take on these institutions because they are in error.” (excerpt from #VanityFair on Dame Olivia's interview with #TheLosAngelesTimes, Dec, 2018)
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UPDATE: Dame Olivia has responded to FX! “We shall continue to persevere in this important case,” Dame Olivia de Havilland said today from her Paris home as her attorneys filed an answer to FX’s opposition to de Havilland’s Petition for review to Chief Justice John Roberts and the other eight justices." "de Havilland filed her petition with the Supreme Court citing that her “fight is itself important to the principle of honesty, so much in need today in the face of deliberate public confusion for selfish agendas.” The First Amendment is at the heart of this controversy,” de Havilland’s main lawyer Suzelle Smith said in a statement Monday. “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword,” the Horwarth & Smith lawyer added. “FX is trying to avoid the Supreme Court upholding Miss de Havilland’s First Amendment rights to prevent attribution of false beliefs to her in its docudrama,” Smith asserted. “The California Court of Appeal focused exclusively on protecting industry interests, and ignored these rights entirely. The Supreme Court should hear this case.” The high court is expected to consider the petition on or around January 4 next year." You can read more at Deadline website
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Dame Olivia talks about successfully suing Warner Bros. Studios in 1943 thus creating the de Havilland Law. Taken from the Academy of Achievement Interview 'The Last Belle of Cinema' in 2006, the full interview can be found on their website.
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UPDATE: a statement from #OliviadeHavilland's lawyer Suzelle Smith, published on deadline: “In its Opposition, FX claims that Miss de Havilland’s case is not ‘cert-worthy,’” her lawyer Suzelle Smith said. “This is another way of saying FX does not want the U.S. Supreme Court to take a good look at the Court of Appeal Opinion, written by a state justice with an extremist view that the First Amendment should protect knowing falsehoods about living persons in profitable docudramas. Like the Colorado baker whose First Amendment rights allowed him to refuse to design a cake that expressed a message he did not believe, Miss de Havilland has a right to prevent false words being put into her mouth in a docudrama, just as with any other form of publication. Miss de Havilland’s First Amendment rights to control her own expression must be balanced against FX’s rights, and the California Court ignored her rights entirely. As the guardian of the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court should review this important case.” The high court is expected to consider FX’s petition on January 4." #DameOliviadeHavilland
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UPDATE from the #Hollywood Reporter "#FX Tells Supreme Court Not to Take Up #OliviadeHavilland #FeudBetteandJoan Fight: The 102-year-old actress' petition doesn't warrant review, argues FX, because of lack of jurisdiction and proper application of the "actual malice" standard. "Contrary to Petitioner’s hyperbole, the court of appeal did not hold that the First Amendment 'grant[s] absolute immunity to docudramas,' — nor anything close to that" states FX's opposition brief. "The court actually held, far more modestly, that Petitioner’s false-light claim failed as a matter of law because (1) she could not show that the snippets of dialogue that formed the basis for her claim were 'highly offensive to a reasonable person,' as they must be under California law for Petitioner to have a claim and (2) alternatively, Petitioner had no evidence that Respondents, who indisputably tried to portray Petitioner as the wise and respectful counselor and friend to #BetteDavis that she was in real life, acted with 'actual malice,' as New York Times v. Sullivanand its progeny require in a case of alleged public-figure defamation." That the actress was depicted as calling her sister a "bitch" wasn't actionable because it wasn't highly offensive, recounts FX's attorneys, adding that there was evidence showing that the vulgar word that #CatherineZetaJones used in the series was a substantially truthful characterization of de Havilland's actual words. (!!!) In her petition, de Havilland argues that the "so-called modified rule for docudramas in fact eliminates the #NewYorkTimes actual malice standard" by protecting knowing or recklessly false statements to the same degree as truthful or negligently false ones. Nonsense, responds FX. It's still the same standard used for more than a half-century. The California appeals court just reached the conclusion she couldn't demonstrate actual malice." Full article on the Hollywood Reporter website #tobecontinued #feud #joancrawford #joanfontaine

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