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Olivia de Havilland won't weigh in on 'Feud'

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True, Olivia de Havilland had a front-row seat to the heavyweight catfight between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the early 1960s. But that doesn't mean the Oscar-winning actress, now 100 years old and living in Paris, has any interest in discussing the nasty rivalry at the heart of FX's hit mini-series "Feud."

"Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it," de Havilland said in an email to the Hollywood Reporter. "However, 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."

De Havilland (seen here attending the 2011 Cesar awards ceremony in Paris, when she was a mere 94) is the only surviving member of the cast of A-list characters portrayed in "Feud," which stars Susan Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays de Havilland, Davis' close friend and a key witness to one of the most polarizing incidents between the co-stars of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," the chilling 1962 flick about an aging actress's abusive relationship with her wheelchair-bound sister.

Davis was considered a shoo-in to win the Oscar for Best Actress in 1963, a source of endless irritation to Crawford, who wasn't even nominated. But when Anne Bancroft was announced as the winner for "The Miracle Worker," Crawford stepped forward to accept the statue on her behalf. A stunned Davis watched helplessly from backstage, with de Havilland at her side.

"As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony," de Havilland says now, "I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for" the accuracy of its portrayal in "Feud."

Guess we'll just have to take it on faith.

Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

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