15 December 2013 6:23 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Hollywood Golden Age star Joan Fontaine has died of natural causes at her home in Carmel, California at age 96.  My favorite Fontaine role is the one she won an Oscar for, in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion," opposite Cary Grant, along with her nominated breakthrough performance in Hitchcock's 1940  Daphne Du Maurier classic "Rebecca," opposite Laurence Olivier. In both parts this gorgeous Hollywood actress was able to persuade audiences that she was a real woman like the rest of us, not nearly as beautiful and confident as she should be. Fontaine's older sister was also her greatest rival, Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland, who lost the Oscar for "Hold Back the Dawn" to Fontaine in 1942. Fontaine was also nominated as Best Actress in 1943 for Edmund Goulding's "The Constant Nymph." »


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