An unnamed actress is suing Amazon.com for revealing her age on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). The actress, listed as Jane Doe, claims that by revealing her age (around 40 years old) her ability to get work in Hollywood has been negatively affected. The Asian actress, who uses an Americanized stage name, is further upset that the site also revealed her real name. She alleges that the only way the website could have received the information was through her credit card data.
In her complaint, the unknown actress states that she began using the popular online database to develop her career. In order to gain further access, she signed up for an advanced IMDbPro account that required credit card information. After joining IMDbPro, she noticed it listed her legal date of birth “revealing to the public that Plaintiff is many years older than she looks.” The claim goes onto explain a problem faced by many actresses in the entertainment industry:
In the entertainment industry, youth is king. If one is perceived to be “over-the-hill,” i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress,such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an “upside,” therefore, casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance or talent.
The actress, who we will call “of a certain age,” asked IMDB to take down the information, but the site did not comply.
In addition to revealing her vintage, the actress is upset about the presence of her real name, which she claims is a “cultural disadvantage” that “is generally not conducive to obtaining employment in the United States and particularly the entertainment industry.” While the existence of President Barack Obama might impact her first point, there is a strong track record for the second among all races and backgrounds.
The actress is suing for $1,075,000. IMDB has settled a similar lawsuit before: Los Angeles actress Eriko Tamuro, who was once a teen idol in Japan, settled a lawsuit with IMDb in 2007 after the site posted her real name and birth date. The Seattle Weekly has advertised a mock reward for whoever can identify the Texas-based actress.