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Olivia de Havilland Dead - Academy Award-Winning Actress Dies at 104

Dame Olivia de Havilland has died.

The Academy Award-winning actress passed away at the age of 104 due to natural causes on Sunday (July 26) at her home in Paris, France, a rep for the star confirmed.

Olivia was born in 1916 in Tokyo, Japan, and made her debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She starred in dozens of films, including Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone With the Wind.

She later starred in To Each His Own and The Heiress, winning Oscars for Best Actress in those roles.

She was also a Golden Globe winner for her performance in 1986′s Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.

Olivia was also part of a historic court case that changed Hollywood, filing a lawsuit against Warner Bros. regarding her contract. The lawsuit was ruled in her favor, and marked a critical role in reducing studio power and extending creative freedom to performers.

She received honors including the National Medal of the Arts, France’s Légion d’Honneur, and appointment to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

She was married twice: first to author Marcus Goodrich from 1946 to 1953 and then to journalist Pierre Galante, editor of the French magazine Paris Match. She is preceded in death by her son, Benjamin Goodrich and her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine. She is survived by her daughter, Gisele Galante Chulack, her son-in-law Andrew Chulack and her niece Deborah Dozier Potter.

Funeral arrangements are private, and memorial contributions may be made to the American Cathedral in Paris.

Our thoughts are with Olivia‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

We have sadly lost all of these stars in 2020…

Supreme Court Denies Olivia de Havilland's 'Feud' Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland will not get another chance at suing Ryan Murphy for Feud: Bette & Joan.

The 102-year-old Gone With The Wind actress has had her petition to review the dismissal of her lawsuit rejected by the Supreme Court on Monday (January 7), The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

Olivia first sued Ryan about the series because of Catherine Zeta-Jones‘ portrayal of herself. She also claimed the series put false words in her mouth.

“Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star — ‘a living legend’ — or a person no one knows, she or he does not own history. Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator’s portrayal of actual people,” Justice Anne Egerton declared back in March of 2018 when the case was thrown out.

“Today, January 7, 2019, the United States Supreme Court, without explanation, denied Olivia de Havilland’s petition for certiorari of her case against FX for unauthorized and false use of her name and reputation. We and Miss de Havilland are disappointed that the US Supreme Court passed on this opportunity to confirm that the First Amendment does not protect the publication of intentional lies in any medium, including so called docudramas. The California Court of Appeal has turned the First Amendment upside down and without doubt more harm to individuals and public deception will result. One day someone else who is wronged for the sake of Hollywood profits will have the courage to stand on the shoulders of Miss de Havilland and fight for the right to defend a good name and legacy against intentional, unconsented exploitation and falsehoods. Miss de Havilland hopes she will live to see the day when such justice is done,” her legal team said in a statement.

Olivia de Havilland Loses Legal Battle Against FX & 'Feud'

Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland‘s defamation lawsuit against FX Networks has been thrown out by a three-judge panel in the court of appeals.

The legendary actress sued the network, alleging that she was defamed by a damaging portrayal in the Ryan Murphy limited series Feud. She says the producers never asked permission for the portrayal or consulted over the events that happened in the show.

The court unanimously ruled that the First Amendment protects filmmakers who portray real events with fictionalized elements.

“Whether a person portrayed in one of these expressive works is a world-renowned film star — ‘a living legend’ — or a person no one knows, she or he does not own history,” Justice Anne Egerton wrote (via Variety). “Nor does she or he have the legal right to control, dictate, approve, disapprove, or veto the creator’s portrayal of actual people.”

FX received support from the Motion Picture Association of America as a ruling in de Havilland‘s favor would give celebrities and politicians the right to shut down any films about their lives.

Olivia de Havilland Sues Ryan Murphy & FX Over 'Feud' Portrayal

Olivia de Havilland is suing FX and Feud: Bette and Joan executive producer Ryan Murphy over the way they portrayed her on the limited series.

The legendary actress, who celebrates her 101st birthday on Saturday (July 1), was played by fellow Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones on the series.

Olivia says that she has a reputation for not gossiping or expressing an unkind behavior, but she was portrayed in the opposite way on Feud. She also says that she was not asked to give permission to use her likeness on the show.

“[A]ll statements made by Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland in this fake interview are completely false, some inherently so; others false because they were never said,” de Havilland‘s lawyer writes in the complaint (via THR). “FX defendants did not engage in protected First Amendment speech in putting false words into the mouth of Olivia de Havilland in a fake interview that did not occur and would not have occurred.”

“Zeta-Jones’ de Havilland refers to Joan Fontaine as her ‘bitch sister,’ an offensive term that stands in stark contrast with Olivia de Havilland’s reputation for good manners, class and kindness,” the complaint adds.

Olivia says no one contacted her about the show, despite her being the only living person who experienced the events depicted in the show. A couple months ago, she explained why she would not watch the series.

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