Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine

Highest Rated: 100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Witches (The Devil's Own) (1966)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1917

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, Joan Fontaine began her acting career in her late teens with various West Coast stage companies under the name Joan Burfield. She also used that name when she made her 1935 feature film debut in No More Ladies, in which she had a minor role. The daughter of '40s actress Lilian Fontaine, she returned to the screen as Joan Fontaine after two more years of stage work, although appearing primarily in B-movies. Two exceptions were A Damsel in Distress (1937) opposite Fred Astaire and Gunga Din (1939) with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Her career took off in the early '40s due largely to leads in two Alfred Hitchcock films. Fontaine received Best Actress Oscar nominations for her work in the director's Rebecca (1940) and The Constant Nymph (1943), and won an Oscar for her performance in Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941). She starred in many subsequent films, at first playing innocent, well-bred types, but later maturing into roles as sophisticated, worldly, often hot-headed or maliciously calculating women. Appearing in few films after 1958, Fontaine was also a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, prize-winning tuna fisherman, expert golfer, licensed interior decorator, and Cordon Bleu cook. The sister of actress Olivia de Havilland (with whom she supposedly had many feuds), the first three of Fontaine's four husbands were actor Brian Aherne, producer William Dozier, and producer/screenwriter Collier Young. She published an autobiography, No Bed of Roses, in 1978 and made two rare TV movie and miniseries appearances in 1986. Joan Fontaine's final big-screen appearance was the intelligent British horror/drama The Devil's Own; her last TV work was in the 1994 production Good King Wenceslas. She died in 2013 at age 96.

Highest Rated Movies



95% Sing Your Song Joan Fontaine $48.2K 2012
No Score Yet Serenade Kendall Hale 2000
No Score Yet All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Witches Actor 1969
67% The Witches (The Devil's Own) Gwen Mayfield 1966
No Score Yet Tender Is the Night Baby Warren 1962
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Susan Hiller 1961
80% South Pacific Polynesian Woman 1958
67% Until They Sail Anne Leslie 1957
No Score Yet Island in the Sun Mavis Norman 1957
72% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Susan Spencer 1956
86% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice) Page 1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Francesca Bruni 1954
88% The Bigamist Eve Graham 1953
No Score Yet Decameron Nights Fiametta 1953
80% Ivanhoe Lady Rowena 1952
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You! Alice Grey 1951
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Christabel Caine Carey 1950
No Score Yet September Affair Manina Stuart 1949
No Score Yet Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Jane Wharton 1948
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Dee Dee Dillwood 1948
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman Lisa Berndle 1948
70% The Emperor Waltz Johanna Augusta Franziska 1948
No Score Yet Ivy Ivy Lexton 1947
No Score Yet From This Day Forward Susan Cummings 1946
No Score Yet Frenchman's Creek Lady Dona St. Columb 1944
100% Jane Eyre Jane Eyre 1944
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph Tessa Sanger 1943
No Score Yet This Above All Prudence Cathaway 1942
97% Suspicion Lina McLaidlaw 1941
100% Rebecca Mrs. de Winter 1940
No Score Yet Man of Conquest Eliza 1939
92% Gunga Din Emmy Stebbins 1939
92% The Women Peggy Day 1939
No Score Yet Maid's Night Out Sheila Harrison 1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point Ann Porter 1938
71% A Damsel in Distress Lady Alyce Marshmorton 1937
No Score Yet Music for Madame Jean Clemens 1937
No Score Yet The Man Who Found Himself Doris King 1937
67% Quality Street Charlotte Parratt 1937
No Score Yet A Million to One Joan Stevens 1937
No Score Yet No More Ladies Caroline Rumsey 1935


No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Alice Pemberton 1963


Mrs. de Winter says: How do you do?

Mrs. Danvers says: How do you do.... I have everything in readiness for you...

Mrs. Danvers says: How do you do.... I have everything in readiness for you.

Mrs. de Winter says: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.