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Joan Fontaine

from the trailer for The Women (1939)
Birth name Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Born October 22, 1917 (1917-10-22) (age 89)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active 1935 - 1994
Spouse(s) Brian Aherne (1939-1945)
William Dozier (1946-1951)
Collier Young (1952-1961)
Alfred Wright, Jr. (1964-1969)
Children Debbie Dozier (b.1948)

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Early life

She was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan, the younger daughter of Walter de Havilland, and the former Lilian Augusta Ruse, a British actress known by her stage name of Lilian Fontaine, who married in 1914. Fontaine's father, Walter, was a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan. For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... A patent attorney is an attorney who has the specialized qualifications necessary for representing clients in obtaining patents and acting in all matters and procedures relating to patent law and practice, such as filing an opposition. ...


She is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, from whom she has been estranged since 1975; both attended Los Gatos High School and the Notre Dame Convent Roman Catholic girls school in Belmont, California. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Los Gatos High School is located on Main Street in Los Gatos. ... Notre Dame High School, Belmont is a private Catholic all-girls school located in the San Mateo County suburb of Belmont, California. ... Belmont is a city located in San Mateo County, California. ...


Joan's parents divorced when she was two. Joan was a sickly child and had developed anemia following a combined attack of the measles and a streptococcic infection. Upon the advice of a physician, Joan's mother moved her and her sister to the United States where they settled in the town of Saratoga, California. This article discusses the medical condition. ... Saratoga (IPA: ) is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Joan's health improved dramatically and she was soon taking diction lessons along with her sister. She was also an extremely bright child and scored 160 on an intelligence test when she was three. When she was fifteen, Joan returned to Japan and lived with her father for two years. Diction, in its original and primary meaning, is the term for a writer or speakers distinctive choices in vocabulary and style of expression. ...


Stage career

Joan made her stage debut in the West Coast production of Call It A Day in 1935 and was soon signed to an RKO contract. In later life she appeared on Broadway in Forty Carats. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... RKO could stand for: RKO Pictures The R.K.O. - finishing manoever (and initials) of WWE professional wrestler Randy Orton. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Broadway Playbill with June Allyson Forty Carats is a play by Jay Allen adapted from the French original by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy. ...


Film career

Her film debut was a small role in No More Ladies (1935). She was selected to appear in a major role alongside Fred Astaire in his first RKO film without Ginger Rogers: A Damsel in Distress (1937) but audiences were disappointed and the film flopped. [1]. She continued appearing in small parts in about a dozen films but failed to make a strong impression and her contract was not renewed when it expired in 1939, the same year she married her first husband, the late British actor Brian Aherne. That marriage was not a success. Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress and singer. ... A Damsel in Distress (RKO) is a 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film starring Fred Astaire, Joan Fontaine, George Burns and Gracie Allen, with a screenplay by P.G. Plum Wodehouse based on his novel, music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, and directed by George Stevens. ... Brian Aherne (May 2, 1902 – February 10, 1986) was an English film actor who found success in Hollywood. ...


Her luck changed one night at a dinner party when she found herself seated next to producer David O. Selznick. David O. Selznick David Oliver Selznick (May 10, 1902–June 22, 1965), was one of the icon Hollywood producers of the Golden Age. ...

Joan Fontaine with Cary Grant in Suspicion

She and Selznick began discussing the Daphne du Maurier novel Rebecca, and Selznick asked her to audition for the part of the unnamed heroine. She endured a grueling six-month series of film tests, along with hundreds of other actresses, before securing the part. a still from the movie This work is copyrighted. ... a still from the movie This work is copyrighted. ... This article is about the British actor. ... Suspicion (1941) is a film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. ... Dame Daphne du Maurier DBE (13 May 1907–19 April 1989) was a famous British novelist best known for her short story The Birds and her classic novel Rebecca, published in 1938. ... Rebecca is a novel by British author Daphne du Maurier. ...


Rebecca marked the American debut of British director Alfred Hitchcock. In 1940, the film was released to glowing reviews and Joan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Rebekah (Rebecca or Rivkah) (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian ) is the wife of Isaac. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


She didn't win that year (Ginger Rogers took home the award for Kitty Foyle) but Fontaine did win the following year for Best Actress in Suspicion, which was also directed by Hitchcock. This is the only Academy Award winning performance directed by Hitchcock [2]. Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an Academy Award-winning American film and stage actress and singer. ... Kitty Foyle, subtitled The Natural History of a Woman, is a 1940 film which tells the story of a white-collar girl who falls in love with a young socialite, despite the objections of his family. ... Suspicion (1941) is a film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. ...


Sibling rivalry

Olivia de Havilland was the first to become an actress; when her sister, Joan, tried to follow her lead, their mother, who allegedly favoured Olivia, refused to let her use the family name. So Joan was forced to invent a name (Joan Burfield, and later Joan Fontaine, utilizing her own mother's former stage name). This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ...


Biographer, Charles Higham, records that the sisters have always had an uneasy relationship, starting in early childhood, when Olivia would rip up the clothes that Joan had to wear as hand-me-downs, forcing Joan to sew them back together. A lot of the feud and resentment between the sisters, stems from Joan's perception of Olivia being their mother's favourite child.


Both Olivia and Joan were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1942. Joan won first for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941) over Olivia's nomination for Hold Back the Dawn (1941). Charles Higham states that Joan "felt guilty about winning; given her lack of obsessive career drive..." The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Suspicion (1941) is a film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. ... Hold Back the Dawn is a 1941 romantic film in which a Romanian gigolo marries an American woman in Mexico in order to gain entry to the United States, but winds up falling in love with her. ...


Charles Higham has described the events of the awards ceremony, stating that as Joan stepped forward to collect her award, she pointedly rejected Olivia's attempts at congratulating her and that Olivia was both offended and embarrassed by her behaviour. Several years later, Olivia would remember the slight and exact her own by brushing past Joan, who was waiting with her hand extended, because Olivia had allegedly taken offence at a comment Joan had made about Olivia's then-husband.


Olivia's relationship with Joan continued to deteriorate after the incident at the Academy Awards in 1942. Charles Higham has stated that this was the near final straw for what would become a lifelong feud, but the sisters did not completely stop speaking until 1975. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


According to Joan, Olivia did not invite her to a memorial service for their mother who had recently died. Olivia claims she told Joan, but that Joan had brushed her off, claiming that she was too busy to attend.


Charles Higham records that Joan has an estranged relationship with her own daughters as well, possibly because she discovered that they were secretly maintaining a relationship with their aunt Olivia.


Both sisters have refused to comment publicly about their feud and dysfunctional family relationships.


Career rise

She went on to continued success during the 1940s in which she excelled in romantic melodramas. Among her memorable films during this time were The Constant Nymph (1943), Jane Eyre (1944), Ivy (1947) and Letter From An Unknown Woman (1948). Her film successes slowed a bit during the 1950s and she also began appearing in television and on the stage. She won good reviews for her role on Broadway in 1954 as Laura in Tea and Sympathy opposite Anthony Perkins. Charlotte Brontës novel Jane Eyre (1847) has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations. ... Letter From An Unknown Woman (Brief einer Unbekannten) is a novel authored by Stefan Zweig, which tells the story of a writer who, while reading a letter written by a woman he does not remember, gets glimpses into her life story. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tea and Sympathy is a stage play by Robert Anderson that was adapted by Vincente Minnelli into a 1956 movie starring Deborah Kerr. ... Anthony Perkins (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an Academy Award-nominated American stage and screen actor known for his role as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcocks Psycho and its three sequels, Psycho II, Psycho III and Psycho IV: The Beginning. ...


During the 1960s, she continued her stage appearances in several productions, among them Private Lives, Cactus Flower and an Austrian production of The Lion in Winter. Her last theatrical film was The Witches (1966), which she also co-produced. She made sporadic television appearances throughout the 1970s and 1980s and was nominated for an Emmy for the soap opera, Ryan's Hope in 1980. Private Lives is a play written by Noel Coward in 1930. ... Rare Broadway poster including the name of Joseph Campanella, who was replaced by Barry Nelson before opening night Cactus Flower is a farce by Abe Burrows. ... The Lion in Winter is a 1966 Broadway play by James Goldman, who also cinematically adapted it in 1968 for the film directed by Anthony Harvey and a 2003 film by Andrei Konchalovsky. ... Title card from The Witches (1966) The Witches (US: The Devils Own) is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. ... An Emmy Award. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Ryans Hope was a soap opera which aired for fourteen years on ABC, from July 7, 1975 to January 13, 1989. ...


She resides in Carmel, California in relative seclusion. Carmel-by-the-Sea is a city located in Monterey County, California. ...


She published her autobiography, No Bed of Roses, in 1979.


Marriages and personal life

Joan Fontaine was married four times:

She has one daughter, Deborah Leslie Dozier (born in 1948), from her union with Dozier, and another daughter, Martita, a Peruvian adoptee, who ran away from home. Joan Fontaine has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street. Brian Aherne (May 2, 1902 – February 10, 1986) was an English film actor who found success in Hollywood. ... William Dozier (13 February 1908 – 23 April 1991) was a television producer and actor, most famous as the producer and narrator of the Batman television series. ... Movie producer and writer Collier Young (August 19, 1908 - December 25, 1980) worked on many films in the 50s before becoming a television producer for such shows as Ironside and The Wild Wild West. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


With the death of Katharine Hepburn in 2003, many consider Joan Fontaine and her sister Olivia de Havilland to be the last remaining great leading ladies of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood. It has been suggested that Tom Hepburn be merged into this article or section. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ...


Filmography

Awards
Preceded by
Ginger Rogers
for Kitty Foyle
Academy Award for Best Actress
1941
for Suspicion
Succeeded by
Greer Garson
for Mrs. Miniver
Preceded by
Katharine Hepburn
for The Philadelphia Story
NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1941
forSuspicion
Succeeded by
Agnes Moorehead
for The Magnificent Ambersons

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Sources

  • Fontaine, Joan. No Bed of Roses. Berkley Publishing Group, (1979) ISBN 0-425-05028-9
  • Higham, Charles. Sisters: The Story of Olivia De Haviland and Joan Fontaine. Coward McCann, May 1984, 257 pages.

Current Biography 1944. H.W. Wilson Company, 1945.


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Joan Fontaine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1057 words)
She was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan, the younger daughter of Walter de Havilland, and the former Lilian Augusta Ruse, a British actress known by her stage name of Lilian Fontaine, who married in 1914.
Fontaine's father, Walter, was a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan.
Joan was a sickly child and had developed anemia following a combined attack of the measles and a streptococcic infection.
Encyclopedia4U - Joan Fontaine - Encyclopedia Article (292 words)
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter of a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan, she is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland.
Because Joan and her mother both had frequent illnesses, the family moved to Saratoga, California for their health.
Joan returned to Tokyo to attend the American School there, but she came back in 1934 to find that her sister was making a name for herself on the stage.
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