Actress Olivia de Havilland, almost 101 and the only remaining star of “Gone with the Find” still alive, sued a TV company Friday for the unauthorized commercial use of her name and identity in the small-screen series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court a day before the actress’ 101st birthday. The complaint alleges infringement of the right of publicity, invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment. The suit against Los Angeles-based FX Networks LLC and Ryan Murphy Productions seeks unspecified damages and an injunction against any further alleged infringement of her name and likeness.

“Feud” is a story about the relationship between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Catherine Zeta-Jones portrays Olivia de Havilland, appearing numerous times in most episodes of the series and in its extensive advertising campaign for FX, according to the suit.

Every other main character whose identity is used in the series is dead, as are all the other lead actors in the film classic, “Gone with the Wind,” in which de Havilland starred as Melanie Hamilton, according to her attorneys.

The lawsuit alleges that de Havilland was not asked by FX for permission to use her name and identity and was not compensated for such use.

The actress “has built a professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice and dignity,” according to her complaint. “A key reason for the public’s deep respect for Olivia de Havilland is that in her 80-plus year career, she has steadfastly refused to engage in typical Hollywood gossip about the relationships of other actors.”

—City News Service

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