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Well this does seem like a trend…

16 Dec
Joan Fontaine Cary Grant Suspicion 1940

Joan Fontaine Cary Grant Suspicion 1941

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.

Joan Fontaine steamy movie poster

Joan Fontaine in a steamy movie poster 1950

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 early pix

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One response to “Well this does seem like a trend…

  1. Chris Barfoot

    17/12/2013 at 10:00

    She was a beautiful and intelligent lady – a real character… Quirky. Quit movies in the Sixties I think? 96, quite a few good innings.

     
 
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