County Superior Court, de Havilland claims she has built a reputation for integrity and dignity by refraining from gossip and other unkind, ill-mannered behavior — but the series opens with Zeta-Jones doing an interview as de Havilland and creates the impression that she was a hypocrite who sold gossip to promote herself.
"[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," writes attorney Suzelle Smith.
"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," writes Smith.
In April, de Havilland told THR she hadn't seen the show, but "in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves." Apparently, she's seen it now and she isn't pleased.
"Each FX defendant knew 'Feud' would be more successful if they placed an individual like Olivia de Havilland, who is known for her honesty and integrity, at the forefront of the story," writes Smith.