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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 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rebecca
Rebecca Mrs. de Winter
(1940)
Suspicion
Suspicion Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
(1941)
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
(1943)
Letter from an Unknown Woman
(1948)

Filmography

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 1994 Good King Wenceslas (TV Movie)
Queen Ludmilla
 1986 Dark Mansions (TV Movie)
Margaret Drake
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Ruth Easton
- Harassed (1986) ... Ruth Easton
 1986 Crossings (TV Mini-Series)
Alexandra Markham
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Alexandra Markham
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Alexandra Markham
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Alexandra Markham
 1983 Bare Essence (TV Series)
Laura
- Hour Five (1983) ... Laura
- Hour Four (1983) ... Laura
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Jennifer Langley
- Chef's Special/Beginning Anew/Kleinschmidt (1981) ... Jennifer Langley
 1980 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Paige Williams
- Episode #1.1194 (1980) ... Paige Williams
- Episode #1.1193 (1980) ... Paige Williams
- Episode #1.1191 (1980) ... Paige Williams
- Episode #1.1188 (1980) ... Paige Williams
- Episode #1.1186 (1980) ... Paige Williams
 1978 The Users (TV Movie)
Grace St. George
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Thelma Cain
- The Star (1975) ... Thelma Cain
 1966 The Witches
Gwen Mayfield
 1965 The Bing Crosby Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Taylor
- Operation Man Save (1965) ... Mrs. Taylor
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Alice Pemberton
- The Paragon (1963) ... Alice Pemberton
 1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Naomi Kaylor
- The Naomi Kaylor Story (1963) ... Naomi Kaylor
 1962 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Margaret Lewis
- Perilous (1962) ... Margaret Lewis
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Valerie Baumer
- The Clocks (1962) ... Valerie Baumer
 1962 Tender Is the Night
Baby Warren
 1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Dr. Susan Hiller
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Karen Lawson
- Voyage Into Fear (1961) ... Karen Lawson
 1961 The Light That Failed (TV Movie)
Hostess
 1956-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Linda Stacey / Judith / Laurel Chapman / ...
- A Possibility of Oil (1961) ... Linda Stacey
- The Story of Judith (1960) ... Judith
- At Miss Minner's (1958) ... Laurel Chapman
- The Victorian Chaise Longue (1957) ... Melanie Langdon
- Summer Promise (1956) ... Countess Irene Forelli
 1960 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Ellen Grayson
- The Visitor (1960) ... Ellen Grayson
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Julie Forbes
- Closed Set (1960) ... Julie Forbes
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Margaret Lewis
- Perilous (1959) ... Margaret Lewis
 1958 A Certain Smile
Françoise Ferrand
 1957 Until They Sail
Anne Leslie
 1956-1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Adrienne
- Fatal Charm (1957)
- The De Santre Story (1956) ... Adrienne
 1957 Island in the Sun
Mavis Norman
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Lynne Abbott
- Stranger in the Night (1956) ... Lynne Abbott
 1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Susan Spencer
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1956 Serenade
Kendall Hale
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Julie
- Your Other Love (1956) ... Julie
 1953-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Trudy
- Trudy (1955) ... Trudy
- The Girl on the Park Bench (1953) ... Trudy
 1954 Casanova's Big Night
Francesca Bruni
 1953 The Bigamist
Eve Graham
 1953 Flight to Tangier
Susan Lane
 1953 Decameron Nights
Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
 1952 Ivanhoe
Rowena
 1952 Something to Live For
Jenny Carey
 1951 Othello
Page (uncredited)
 1951 Darling, How Could You!
Alice Grey
 1950 Born to Be Bad
Christabel
 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
 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Lisa Berndle
 1947 Ivy
Ivy Lexton
 1946 From This Day Forward
Susan
 1945 The Affairs of Susan
Susan Darell
 1944 Frenchman's Creek
Dona St. Columb
 1943 Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
 1943 The Constant Nymph
Tessa Sanger
 1942 This Above All
Prudence Cathaway
 1941 Suspicion
Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
 1940 Rebecca
Mrs. de Winter
 1939 The Women
Mrs. John Day - Peggy
 1939 Man of Conquest
Eliza Allen
 1939 Gunga Din
Emmy
 1938 The Duke of West Point
Ann Porter
 1938 Sky Giant
Meg Lawrence
 1938 Blond Cheat
Julie Evans
 1938 Maid's Night Out
Sheila Harrison
 1937 A Damsel in Distress
Lady Alyce
 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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Personal Details

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 | 9 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Joan Burfield

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I made about seven tests for Rebecca (1940). Everybody tested for it. Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan, Vivien Leigh, Susan Hayward, Anne Baxter, you name her. Supposedly, [Alfred Hitchcock] saw one of my tests and said, "This is the only one". I think the word he used to describe what set me apart was "vulnerability". Also, I was not very well-known and producer David O. Selznick saw the chance ... See more »

Trivia:

She was a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, expert rider, prize-winning tuna fisherman, a hole-in-one golfer, Cordon Bleu chef and licensed interior decorator. See more »

Trademark:

Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil

Star Sign:

Libra

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