The Constant Nymph (1943)
The Fontaine collection features Blonde Cheat (1938), The Women (1939), Born To Be Bad (1950), Ivanhoe (1952), Fontaine’s Oscar-nominated roles in The Constant Nymph (1943) and Rebecca (1940), and her Oscar-winning performance in Suspicion (1940).
In the evening, TCM will pay tribute to O’Toole with his Oscar-nominated performances in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and My Favorite Year (1982). Also featured will be a special encore telecast of Peter O’Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, a one-hour extended interview with TCM host Robert Osborne taped before a live audience at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival.
The following is the complete lineup for TCM’s on-air tributes to Joan Fontaine and Peter O’Toole:
Sunday, Dec. 29
All times are Et/Pt.
TCM Remembers Joan Fontaine
The channel splits its schedule Sunday (Dec. 29) between Joan Fontaine during the daytime and Peter O'Toole at night. The portion honoring Fontaine, who died Dec. 15, includes her Oscar-winning turn in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed "Suspicion" plus her nominated performances in "The Constant Nymph" and Hitchcock's "Rebecca."
O'Toole, who died Dec. 14, was an eight-time Oscar nominee and received an honorary award in 2003. TCM will remember him by showing his star-making work in "Lawrence of Arabia" as well as "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and "My Favorite Year." Also slated is the "Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival" special from 2011, in which principal channel host Robert Osborne interviewed the actor.
"I'm so grateful for the time we had with him," Osborne tells Zap2it, "because he was such
The Fontaine collection features Blonde Cheat (1938), The Women(1939), Born To Be Bad (1950), Ivanhoe (1952), Fontaine's Oscar-nominated roles in The Constant Nymph (1943) and Rebecca (1940), and her Oscar-winning performance in Suspicion (1940).
In the evening, TCM will pay tribute to O'Toole with his Oscar-nominated performances in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and My Favorite Year (1982). Also featured will be a special encore telecast of Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival, a one-hour extended interview with TCM host Robert Osborne taped before a live audience at the 2011 TCM Classic Film Festival.
In addition to TCM's on-air tributes, short memorial videos are available on the TCM website and YouTube channel:
TCM Remembers Joan Fontaine
TCM Media Room: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/938673/Joan-Fontaine-tcm-Original-tcm-Remembers.
It was hard to cast the lead in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939. The female fans of the bestseller were very protective of the naive woman whom the widower Max de Winter marries and transports to his ancestral home of Manderley. None of the contenders – including Vivien Leigh, Anne Baxter and Loretta Young – felt right for the second Mrs de Winter, who was every lending-library reader's dream self.
To play opposite Laurence Olivier in the film, the producer David O Selznick suggested instead a 21-year-old actor with whom he was smitten: Joan Fontaine. The prolonged casting process made Fontaine anxious. Vulnerability was central to the part, and you can see that vulnerability, that inability to trust her own judgment, in every frame of the film. The performance brought Fontaine, who has died
The actress would undoubtedly shoot us one of those delicious cocked eyebrow looks to hear her sister mentioned so prominently in all of her obituaries but Old Hollywood Mythology is too enticing to ignore.
Though her career was very successful in the 40s,
Joan Fontaine, the cool, beautiful actress who lit up the 1940s and 50s, died from natural causes in her home in Carmel, Calif. at the age of 96 years old on Dec. 15.
Joan Fontaine: Actress Dies At 96
The Oscar-winning actress passed away in her sleep, longtime friend Noel Beutel told the Associated Press. Noel said that Joan had been fading for the last few days, but that she died peacefully.
With her soft beauty and aptitude for playing frightened damsels in distress, Joan was one of the most recognizable actresses of her time. She won an Academy Award in 1941 for starring in the Alfred Hitchcock film, Suspicion. She was also nominated for best actress for Hitchcock’s Rebecca in 1940 and for The Constant Nymph three years later.
After appearing alongside Fred Astaire in A Damsel in Distress (1937), Fontaine went on to secure the lead role in Rebecca, the Hollywood debut of director Alfred Hitchcock, which saw her receiving a nomination for Best Actress. Although she lost out to Ginger Rogers, Fontaine was nominated again the following year for Suspicion, taking home the award and making her the only star to win an acting Oscar in a Hitchcock picture. Her subsequent
Sister to Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, in Tokyo
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