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Joan Fontaine



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Sing Your Song
  • Joan Fontaine
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
40% 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
89% South Pacific
  • Polynesian Woman
1958
60% Until They Sail
  • Anne Leslie
1957
No Score Yet Island in the Sun
  • Mavis Norman
1957
69% Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • Susan Spencer
1956
92% Othello (The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice)
  • Page
1955
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Francesca Bruni
1954
No Score Yet The Bigamist
  • Eve Graham
1953
No Score Yet Decameron Nights
  • Fiametta
1953
79% 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
63% The Emperor Waltz
  • Johanna Augusta Franziska
1948
No Score Yet Ivy
  • Ivy Lexton
1947
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
100% Suspicion
  • Lina McLaidlaw
1941
100% Rebecca
  • Mrs. de Winter
1940
No Score Yet Man of Conquest
  • Eliza
1939
92% Gunga Din
  • Emmy Stebbins
1939
91% 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
80% A Damsel in Distress
  • Lady Alyce Marshmorton
1937
No Score Yet Music for Madame
  • Jean Clemens
1937
60% Quality Street
  • Charlotte Parratt
1937
No Score Yet A Million to One
  • Joan Stevens
1937
No Score Yet No More Ladies
  • Caroline Rumsey
1935

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