Joan Fontaine

Born Oct 22, 1917

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known professionally as Joan Fontaine, is a British American actress. Fontaine began her career on the stage in 1935 signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year. In 1941, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The following year, she won the Best Actress Academy Award for Hitchock's Suspicion (1941).… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on October 22, 1917.
1919 1 Year Old De Havilland's parents married in 1914 and separated in 1919, when Lilian decided to end the marriage after discovering that her husband used the sexual services of geishas; the divorce was not finalized, however, until February 1925. … Read More


1935 17 Years Old There she attended the Tokyo School for Foreign Children, graduating in 1935. … Read More


1939 21 Years Old 1 More Event
She continued appearing in small parts in about a dozen films, including The Women (1939), but failed to make a strong impression, and her contract was not renewed when it expired in 1939. … Read More
1940 22 Years Old Rebecca, starring Laurence Olivier alongside Fontaine, marked the American debut of British director Alfred Hitchcock. In 1940, the film was released to glowing reviews, and Fontaine was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. … Read More
1942 24 Years Old …  She left her hand and foot prints in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on May 26, 1942.
1943 25 Years Old Fontaine held dual citizenship; she was British by birthright (both her parents were British) and became an American citizen in April 1943.
1946 28 Years Old In May 1946, she married actor/producer William Dozier in Mexico City. They had a daughter, Deborah Leslie, in 1948, and separated in 1949. Deborah is Fontaine's only biological child. The following year, Fontaine filed for divorce, charging Dozier with desertion. Their divorce was finalized in January 1951.


1952 34 Years Old Fontaine's third marriage was to producer and writer Collier Young on November 12, 1952.


1960 42 Years Old They separated in May 1960, and Fontaine filed for divorce in November 1960. Their divorce was finalized in January 1961.
1964 46 Years Old Fontaine's fourth and final marriage was to Sports Illustrated golf editor Alfred Wright, Jr, on January 23, 1964, in Elkton, Maryland; they divorced in 1969. … Read More


1969 51 Years Old …  Fontaine also went to visit deHavilland in Paris in 1969. The sisters reportedly did not completely stop speaking to each other until 1975, after their mother's funeral, to which Joan, who was out of the country, was not invited.


1978 60 Years Old Both sisters largely refused to comment publicly about their relationship. In a 1978 interview, however, Fontaine said of the sibling rivalry, "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!" The following year, in a 1979 interview, Fontaine claimed the reason her sister and she stopped speaking to each other was that deHavilland wanted their mother (who was suffering from cancer) to be treated surgically at the advanced age of 88, which Fontaine apparently did not think was a good idea. … Read More
2013 95 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 15, 2013, Fontaine died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her Carmel Highlands home. … Read More
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