Joan Fontaine

British American actress (1917-2013)

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British-American actress and singer. She and her older sister Olivia de Havilland were two of the last surviving leading ladies from Hollywood of the 1930s.

Joan Fontaine
Fontaine in 1951
Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland

(1917-10-22)October 22, 1917
DiedDecember 15, 2013(2013-12-15) (aged 96)
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1935–1994
Known forOscar-winning actress for "Suspicion" (1941)
Height1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Spouse(s)Brian Aherne
(m. 1939-1945, divorced)
William Dozier
(m. 1946-1951, divorced; 1 child)
Collier Young
(m. 1952-1961, divorced)
Alfred Wright, Jr.
(m. 1964-1969, divorced)
ChildrenDeborah Leslie Dozier
(1948-11-05) November 5, 1948 (age 75)
Parent(s)Walter Augustus de Havilland
Lillian Augusta Ruse
RelativesOlivia de Havilland (sister)

Fontaine is the only actress to have won an Academy Award for a performance in a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Suspicion (1941).[1]

Fontaine was born in Tokyo to British parents. She became an American citizen in 1943. She has divorced four times. She has one child from her second marriage.

She died on December 15, 2013 at her Carmel-by-the-Sea, California home from natural causes, aged 96.[2]

References change

  1. Booker, M. Keith (2011). Historical Dictionary of American Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-8108-7192-0.
  2. Legendary actress Joan Fontaine dies at 96

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