Joan Fontaine

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Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine in Born To Be Bad trailer 2.JPG
Cropped screenshot of Joan Fontaine from the trailer for the film Born to Be Bad
BornJoan de Beauvoir de Havilland
(1917-10-22)October 22, 1917
Tokyo, Japan
DiedDecember 15, 2013(2013-12-15) (aged 96)
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, 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. 1939-1945, 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 70)
Parent(s)Walter Augustus de Havilland
Lillian Augusta Ruse
(1886-1975)
RelativesOlivia 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 were 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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