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Joan Fontaine (I) (1917–2013)


Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland 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 older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1966 The Witches
Gwen Mayfield
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Dr. Susan Hiller
 1958 A Certain Smile
Françoise Ferrand
 1957 Until They Sail
Anne Leslie
 1957 Island in the Sun
Mavis Norman
 1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Susan Spencer
 1956 Serenade
Kendall Hale
 1953 The Bigamist
Eve Graham
 1953 Flight to Tangier
Susan Lane, Brady's Fiancée / San Francisco Herald Ledger Reporter
 1953 Decameron Nights
Fiametta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
 1952 Ivanhoe
Rowena
 1952 Othello
Page (uncredited)
 1952 Something to Live For
Jenny Carey
 1950 Born to Be Bad
Christabel Caine Carey
 1950 September Affair
Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
 1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands
Jane Wharton
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Dee Dee Dillwood
 1948 The Emperor Waltz
Johanna Augusta Franziska
 1947 Ivy
Ivy Lexton
 1944 Frenchman's Creek
Dona St. Columb
 1942 This Above All
Prudence Cathaway
 1941 Suspicion
Lina
 1939 Man of Conquest
Eliza Allen
 1939 Gunga Din
Emmy
 1938 The Duke of West Point
Ann Porter
 1938 Blond Cheat
Julie Evans
 1938 Maid's Night Out
Sheila Harrison
 1937 Music for Madame
Jean Clemens
 1937 You Can't Beat Love
Trudy Olson
 1937 The Man Who Found Himself
Nurse Doris King
 1937 Quality Street
Charlotte Parratt (uncredited)
 1937 A Million to One
Joan Stevens
 1935 No More Ladies
Caroline (as Joan Burfield)
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Hosted a pilot for a romantic TV series called "The Ways of Love". It was produced by Collier Young, her husband at the time. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 8 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joan Burfield

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Personal Quote:

I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia [sister Olivia de Havilland] did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it! See more »

Trivia:

Joan Fontaine died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her Carmel home. See more »

Trademark:

Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil

Star Sign:

Libra

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