A lawsuit by legendary actress Olivia de Havilland against FX over the treatment of her character in the series “Feud: Bette and Joan” was approved Friday by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Deadline reports.
FX had sought to have the suit tossed on anti-SLAPP and First Amendment grounds.
“The case has been fast-tracked based on de Havilland’s ‘unusually advanced age,’ to quote the paperwork from her lawyers — she’s 101,” Deadline reports. “An approximately five- to seven-day trial is set to start in November.”
The report adds: “De Havilland’s suit, filed in late June, claims the portrayal of the two-time Oscar-winning [actress] by Catherine Zeta-Jones in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series damaged her “’professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice, and dignity.’”