Having just commented yesterday about the exiting of a great actor from mortal coil, here joins another, Joan Fontaine.
Beginning her career in films with a small role in 1935, Joan Fontaine became one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorites, starring in Rebecca (1940). She had preceded that role in another successful movie, Gunga Din (1939) with Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. She had decided to not shadow her older sister, Olivia de Havilland, using the family name. She began using her step-fathers last name, George Fontaine.
Of special note, she was the only actor or actress to win an acting Oscar in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was Suspicion (1941) and it placed Joan in a position of total enmity between her and her sister. Olivia de Havilland earned two Academy Awards of her own later, but the jealously and mutual dislike continued. When her older sister, was 9 years old, she made a will in which she stated “I bequeath all my beauty to my sister Joan, since she has none”.
Active throughout the 40’s through 60’s with less frequency in the following decades until the 1990’s. Her last film appearance was The Witches (1966) and her final appearance was a TV movie, Good King Wenceslas (1994). She was a great actress among many other stars of her era.
- Joan Fontaine (IMDb)
- Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning actress, dies aged 96 (telegraph.co.uk)
- Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning actress, dies at 96 (thetimes.co.uk)
- Joan Fontaine (theguardian.com)