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Joan Fontaine died Sunday at age 96 after a brief illness, never having reconciled with her sister and one-time Oscar rival Olivia De Havilland. The girls had never been particularly close and when pitted against each other in the 1941 Best Actress race, each was determined to take home the Oscar. Fontaine prevailed for her performance as a newlywed distrustful of her playboy husband (Cary Grant) in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion." Her win meant the loss of what little love there was left between the siblings. De Havilland, older by a year, had been a star first, paired with Errol Flynn in a series of pictures before landing the plum role of Melanie in 1939's Best Picture champ "Gone With the Wind." She lost the Supporting Actress Oscar to co-star Hattie McDaniel. (Read about the mysterious disappearance of McDaniels' Oscar here.) Fontaine had first contended at the Oscars in 1940 for her starring role in the Be. »


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