De Havilland sued based upon her objection to a fictionalized version of herself in the series, as portrayed by the marvelous Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was mostly used as a point-of-view character, delivering commentary to help viewers understand the difficulties Bette Davis and Joan Crawford faced as aging actresses in a town controlled by powerful old men who favored youth and beauty over talent. The show is sympathetic to Davis and Crawford and the challenges they faced. The majority of viewers likely had a more favorable impression of the two actresses at the end of the series then they did at the beginning.
It was a curious lawsuit for de Havilland to have brought. Perhaps she thought that if she went on the offensive, she might head off a Feud season based upon her own turbulent relationship with her sister Joan Fontaine. It is difficult to imagine that she truly objected to Catherine Zeta-Jones's interpretation of her. Zeta-Jones portrays de Havilland with elegance, poise, and understanding. She comes across as a whole person: a sophisticated, but not unkind, grande dame. Thus, maybe de Havilland is not so much disturbed by her portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan as she is haunted by the prospect of Feud: Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine.
No one relishes having one's difficult family relations made public. Yet, the upside is that a season of Feud with Olivia de Havilland as a central character would introduce a new generation to a one of Hollywood's great success stories—much like the first season did for Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Yes, most know that Olivia de Havilland appeared in Gone with the Wind, but there is so much more to her story than that.
Yet, that is not all. Olivia and Joan Fontaine are the only two sisters to have won Best Actress Academy Awards (de Havilland, twice). There is also her casting in Gone with the Wind, an epic story in itself. Lastly, there is Olivia's remarkable reinvention of herself as Paris society woman. See: Every Frenchman Has One.
Like that of her peers Davis and Crawford, de Havilland's story and films deserve to be discovered by a new generation of fans. Yes, there will be unflattering bits. See: Joan Fontaine's memoir, No Bed of Roses. Yet, of the two sisters, Olivia will emerge as the more sympathetic. After all, Joan Fontaine allegedly tried to have her own adopted daughter deported back to back to Peru. We eagerly await a season of Feud featuring the feuding sisters de Havilland/Fontaine, as should any fan of Olivia de Havilland.