IMDb Sued by Actress for Revealing Her Age

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By Marcus Vanderberg Comment

Never ask a woman — or an actress — her real age.

An unnamed actress is suing Amazon.com and the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for $1 million after the website revealed her real age.

The website posted her age after she became a member of IMDb Pro in 2008. The actress feels the only way IMDb knew her age was through “credit-card interception.”

The complaint was filed last week in U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington by “Jane Doe.”

The 40-year-old Texan feels she lost acting jobs as a result of IMDb posting her real age.

“In the entertainment industry, youth is king,” according to the lawsuit. “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.”

Regardless of how IMDb got access to her age, when did lying become an acceptable defense in court?

That’s show business for you.