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Joan Fontaine Biography and Filmography
Joan Fontaine
Birthday: October 22, 1917
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 3"
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Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (aka Joan Fontaine) was born on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and her older sister's (Olivia de Havilland) recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs. de Havilland and the two girls settled in Saratoga while their father went back to his practice in Japan. Joan's parents did not get along well and a divorce soon followed. Mrs. de Havilland had a desire to be an actress but her dream was curtailed when she married. Now she hoped to pass on her dream to Olivia and Joan. While Olivia pursued a stage career, Joan went back to Tokyo, where she attended the American School. In 1934 she came back to California, where her sister was already making a name for herself on the stage. Joan likewise joined a theater group in San Jose. However, San Jose was not quite an acting mecca, so she went to Los Angeles to try her luck there. After moving to L.A., Joan adopted the name of Joan Burfield because she didn't want to infringe upon Olivia, who was using the family surname. She tested at MGM for a small role in No More Ladies (1935), but she was scarcely noticed. After that production, Joan was idle for a year and a half. During this time she roomed with Olivia, who was having much more success in films. By 1937, this time calling herself Joan Fontaine, she landed a better role as Trudy Olson in You Can't Beat Love (1937). Later that year she took an uncredited part in Quality Street (1937). Although the next two years saw her in better roles, she still yearned for something better. In 1940 she garnered her first Academy Award nomination for Rebecca (1940). Although she thought she should have won, (she lost out to Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman (1940)), she was now an established member of the Hollywood set. She would again be Oscar-nominated for her role as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth in Suspicion (1941), and this time she won. Joan was making one film a year but choosing her roles well. In 1942 she starred in the well-received This Above All (1942). The following year she appeared in The Constant Nymph (1943). Once again she was nominated for the Oscar, losing out to Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (1943). By now it was safe to say she was more famous than her older sister. More fine films followed. In 1948, though, she was forced to accept second billing to Bing Crosby in The Emperor Waltz (1948). Joan took the year off in 1949 before coming back in 1950 with September Affair (1950) and Born to Be Bad (1950). In 1951 she starred in Paramount's _Darling, How Could You (1951)_ , which turned out badly for her and the studio, as it wasn't the hit they imagined it would be. More weak productions followed. Joan slowed down on the big screen for a while, taking parts in television programs and dinner theaters. She also starred in many well produced Broadway plays such as "Forty Carats" and "The Lion in Winter". Her last appearance on the big screen was The Witches (1966). Her final appearance before the cameras was Good King Wenceslas (1994) (TV). Joan, today, still appears on the stage and lecture circuit while traveling and writing in her spare time. She is, without a doubt, a lasting movie icon.
Good King Wenceslas (1994)
[ Stefanie Powers ]
Dark Mansions (1986)
[ Nicolette Sheridan ][ Melissa Sue Anderson ][ Lois Chiles ][ Linda Purl ]
Hour Four (1983)
The Users (1978)
[ Jaclyn Smith ][ Michelle Phillips ][ Judy Landers ]
The Witches (1966)
[ Ingrid Boulting ]
Tender Is the Night (1962)
[ Jill St. John ][ Jennifer Jones ]
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
[ Barbara Eden ]
The Light That Failed (1961)
The Story of Judith (1960)
At Miss Minner's (1958)
A Certain Smile (1958)
South Pacific (1958)
[ France Nuyen ]
Island in the Sun (1957)
[ Joan Collins ][ Dorothy Dandridge ]
The Victorian Chaise Lounge (1957)
Until They Sail (1957)
[ Piper Laurie ][ Jean Simmons ][ Sandra Dee ]
The De Santre Story (1956)
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Serenade (1956)
In Summer Promise (1956)
Casanova's Big Night (1954)
[ Leslie Hope ]
The Girl on a Park Bench (1953)
The Bigamist (1953)
Flight to Tangier (1953)
Decameron Nights (1953)
[ Joan Collins ]
Ivanhoe (1952)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ]
The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)
Something to Live For (1952)
[ Sherry Jackson ]
Darling, How Could You! (1951)
Born to Be Bad (1950)
September Affair (1950)
[ Jessica Tandy ]
You Gotta Stay Happy (1948)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)
Ivy (1947)
From This Day Forward (1946)
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Frenchman's Creek (1944)
Jane Eyre (1944)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Agnes Moorehead ]
The Constant Nymph (1943)
This Above All (1942)
Suspicion (1941)
Rebecca (1940)
The Women (1939)
[ Joan Crawford ][ Paulette Goddard ][ Rosalind Russel ]
Man of Conquest (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
Sky Giant (1938)
Blond Cheat (1938)
Maid's Night Out (1938)
The Duke of West Point (1938)
A Damsel in Distress (1937)
Music for Madame (1937)
You Can't Beat Love (1937)
The Man Who Found Himself (1937)
Quality Street (1937)
A Million to One (1937)
No More Ladies (1935)
[ Joan Crawford ]
  • Younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland
  • Daughter of film and stage actress Lillian Fontaine
  • Joked that the musical comedy A Damsel in Distress (1937) set her career back four years. At the premiere, a woman sitting behind her loudly exclaimed, "Isn't she awful!" during Fontaine's onscreen attempt at dancing.
  • Attended Oak Street School in Saratoga, California.
  • Adopted an infant Peruvian girl in 1952 who later ran away.
  • Daughter, with William Dozier, Debbie Dozier (Deborah Leslie Dozier - born 11/5/1948).
  • Joan Fontaine has been a licensed pilot, a champion ballonist, an expert rider, a prize-winning tuna fisherman, and a hole-in-one golfer, a Cordon Bleu chef and is also a licensed interior decorator.
  • At the age of three she scored 160 on an infant IQ test.
  • Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine.
  • The only actor or actress to win an acting Oscar in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She won Best Actress for Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion (1941).
  • Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times.
  • First husband Brian Aherne had a friend call her the night before their wedding to tell her he had cold feet and couldn't marry her. Joan told the friend to tell him it was too late to call it off, that he had better be at the altar the next morning to marry her, and he could divorce her afterwards if he wanted. He was there at the altar and they remained married six years, never mentioning this incident to each other.
  • Daughter, Martita, born 3 November 1946, adopted 1952. Ran away in 1963. When Joan found her she was refused contact with the child on the premise that her Peruvian adoption was not valid in the United States. Martita maintained a relationship with her sister Debbie, but never spoke to or saw Joan again.
  • Howard Hughes, who dated her sister 'Olivia de Havilland for awhile, proposed to Joan many times.
  • She and Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
  • Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982
  • When her sister, Olivia de Havilland, was 9 years old, she made a will in which she stated "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan, since she has none".
  • Ex-sister-in-law of Pierre Galante and Marcus Goodrich.

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