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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
 1953 Decameron Nights
Fiametta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
 1952 Ivanhoe
Rowena
 1952 Othello
Page (uncredited)
 1952 Something to Live For
Jenny Carey
 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
 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:

(1/17/49) Radio: Appeared in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast of "You Gotta Stay Happy". See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 9 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:

[on working with director George Cukor on The Women (1939)] I learned about acting from George than anyone else and through just one sentence. He said, "Think and feel and the rest will take care of itself." See more »

Trivia:

She claimed that she was the first choice for the role of Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), but that director George Cukor felt she was too stylish to play the role. She then suggested sister Olivia de Havilland to him and Olivia went on to play the part. Olivia's version of how she got the part makes no mention of this or Joan. See more »

Trademark:

Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil

Star Sign:

Libra

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