Joan Fontaine

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Joan Fontaine

Cropped screenshot of Joan Fontaine from the trailer for the film Born to Be Bad
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
October 22, 1917(1917-10-22)
Tokyo, Japan
Died December 15, 2013(2013-12-15) (aged 96)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1935–1994
Known for Oscar-winning actress for "Suspicion" (1941)
Height 1.6m
Spouse Brian Aherne
(m. 1939-1945, divorced)
William Dozier
(m. 1939-1945, divorced; 1 child)
Collier Young
(m. 1952-1961, divorced)
Alfred Wright, Jr.
(m. 1964-1969, divorced)
Children Deborah Leslie Dozier
November 5, 1948 (1948-11-05) (age 65)
Parents Walter Augustus de Havilland
Lillian Augusta Ruse
(1886-1975)
Relatives Olivia de Havilland (sister)

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 are two of the last surviving leading ladies from Hollywood of the 1930s.

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 | change source]

  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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