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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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 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
Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
 1952 Ivanhoe
 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
 1939 Man of Conquest
Eliza Allen
 1939 Gunga Din
 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)
 1935 No More Ladies
Caroline (as Joan Burfield)
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(1/11/51) Radio: Appeared on "Screen Directors Playhouse" in "Ivy". See more »

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4 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 9 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Joan Burfield


5' 3½" (1.61 m)

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You know, I've had a helluva life. Not just the acting part. I've flown in an international balloon race. I've piloted my own plane. I've ridden to the hounds. I've done a lot of exciting things. See more »


Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945). See more »


Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil

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