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Joan Fontaine

Born Oct 22, 1917

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, known professionally as Joan Fontaine, is a British American actress. She and her elder 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 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, Suspicion.… Read More

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1917 Birth Born on October 22, 1917.
1925 7 Years Old Her parents married in 1914, and were divorced in April 1925. … Read More


1935 17 Years Old 1 More Event
There she attended the American School in Japan where she graduated in 1935. … Read More


1939 21 Years Old 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, the same year she married her first husband, British actor Brian Aherne. They divorced in 1945. … 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 Biographer Charles Higham records that the sisters have always had an uneasy relationship, starting in early childhood, when de Havilland would rip up the clothes that Fontaine had to wear as hand-me-downs.Both de Havilland and Fontaine were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1942. … Read More
1946 28 Years Old Higham states that Fontaine "felt guilty about winning; given her lack of obsessive career drive " De Havilland went on to win Best Actress Oscars in 1946 and 1949. … Read More


1954 36 Years Old She won good reviews for her role on Broadway in 1954 as Laura in Tea and Sympathy, opposite Anthony Perkins. … Read More


1978 60 Years Old Fontaine's autobiography, No Bed of Roses, was published in 1978.
1979 61 Years Old In a 1979 interview, Fontaine says the reason she stopped speaking with her sister was because de Havilland wanted their mother, ill with cancer, operated on at the age of 88. … Read More
1980 62 Years Old She continued appearing in film and television roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for the soap opera, Ryan's Hope in 1980.
1982 64 Years Old In 1982, she was head of the jury at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival. … Read More
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