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Joan Fontaine Net Worth

Joan Fontaine Net Worth is
$40 Million

Joan Fontaine Biography

Joan Fontaine Net Well worth: Joan Fontaine was a British-American celebrity who had a net well worth of $40 million. Joan Fontaine was created in Tokyo, Japan in October 1917 and passed on in December 2013. She produced her stage debut in 1935 in a creation of Contact It a Day time and was signed to a agreement by RKO. She produced her film debut in FORGET ABOUT Women in 1935 but was outlined as Joan Burfield. In 1943 she was once again nominated for Best Celebrity for the film The Regular Nymph. She was outlined as the “fresh RKO screen character” in 1937’s THE PERSON Who Found Himself. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Exceptional Guest/Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama Series in 1980 for Ryan’s Wish. Joan and her sister Olivia de Havilland became the just couple of siblings to earn lead performing Academy Awards. She starred reverse Katherine Hepburn in 1937’s Quality Road. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Greatest Actress on her behalf role in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca that she was also nominated for a fresh York Film Critics Circle Award for Greatest Actress. Fontaine received the Academy Award for Greatest Actress and the brand new York Film Critics Circle Award for Greatest Actress another year for her part as Lina in the Hitchcock film Suspicion. Joan Fontaine passed on on December 15, 2013 at age 96.


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Quick Facts

Full NameJoan Fontaine
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1917
DiedDecember 15, 2013, Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Height1.6 m
ProfessionActor
EducationAmerican School in Japan, Los Gatos High School
SpouseAlfred Wright, Jr., Collier Young, William Dozier, Brian Aherne
ChildrenDebbie Dozier, Martita Pareja
ParentsWalter Augustus de Havilland, Lillian Fontaine
SiblingsOlivia de Havilland
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress
NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series
MoviesRebecca, Suspicion, Letter from an Unknown Woman, The Constant Nymph, Jane Eyre, The Women, September Affair, Gunga Din, Born to Be Bad, The Bigamist, A Damsel in Distress, Frenchman's Creek, The Emperor Waltz, This Above All, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Island in the Sun, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, Ivanhoe, The Affairs of Susan, The Witches, Until They Sail, Darling, How Could You!, You Can't Beat Love, Decameron Nights, The Duke of West Point, Casanova's Big Night, A Certain Smile, You Gotta Stay Happy, Maid's Night Out, Ivy, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Othello, Flight to Tangier, Music for Madame, The Man Who Found Himself, Dark Mansions, Something to Live For, Sky Giant, Blond Cheat, Tender Is the Night, Serenade, From This Day Forward, A Million to One, The Sinister Urge, The Users


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 She and Katharine Hepburn both appeared in productions of "The Lion in Winter" (Hepburn in the 1968 film version [The Lion in Winter (1968)]), Fontaine in a 1979 Austrian stage production), and both passed away at the age of 96. Fontaine had appeared onscreen with Hepburn in Quality Street (1937).
2 Similar in theory to Bette Davis when she won her Oscar for Dangerous (1935) after losing for Of Human Bondage (1934), many felt Joan's Best Actress Oscar win for Suspicion (1941) was in sympathy for losing out for her brilliance in the classic film Rebecca (1940).
3 A close friend of Ida Lupino, Joan inherited her collie dog after Lupino died.
4 All of Joan's memorabilia was to be donated to Boston University following her death.
5 After a self-imposed retirement, Joan returned and played Good Queen Ludmella in the TV movie Good King Wenceslas (1994) because the base of her house in Carmel, California, was damaged by an earthquake and Joan decided it was better use the money she got for the movie to fix the house rather than take $200,000 out of her bank account.
6 The Rose Society named a rose after her, The Joan Fontaine Rose.
7 The long-standing feud between she and sister Olivia de Havilland was seldom discussed by Olivia. Joan, on the other hand, was quite candid and felt the complete victim of Olivia's abuse and blamed her sister for the long estrangement. Her side of the story is that the feud started practically from Joan's birth--and that the root of their problem was Olivia's acute unhappiness at having to share the attention of her parents with a younger sibling. The fighting continued into their hair-pulling, clothes-tearing teen years as well.
8 When she decided on a movie career, her mother told her that Warner Bros.--which had sister Olivia de Havilland under contract--was "Olivia's studio" and that Joan was not to pursue work there. She realized that she couldn't use the de Havilland name and instead took her stepfather's last name, Fontaine. Joan eventually got an agent and signed with RKO.
9 She claimed that she was the first choice for the role of Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), but that director George Cukor felt she was too stylish to play the role. She then suggested sister Olivia de Havilland to him and Olivia went on to play the part. Olivia's version of how she got the part makes no mention of this or Joan.
10 In 1946, a huge crack in the sisters' already tense relationship occurred when Joan made an unkind remark about Olivia's new husband, author Marcus Goodrich. Olivia insisted on an apology or she would not talk to her anymore. Joan refused to do so. A year later when Olivia won her first Oscar, Joan, who was at the awards show as a presenter, went up to congratulate her sister but was completely snubbed.
11 In 1979, the year after Joan's frank autobiography was published, the sisters both attended the Academy's 50th anniversary celebration of the Oscars and Oscar winners, but were seated on opposite ends of the stage for the "class photo", apparently at their request, and did not speak with each other at any time.
12 At the time of her death there had been no reconciliation between she and sister Olivia de Havilland.
13 Was the 18th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Suspicion (1941) at The 14th Academy Awards on February 26, 1942.
14 Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
15 Survived by her daughter Debbie Dozier and two grandsons.
16 Was a registered Democrat.
17 Was friends with Ida Lupino, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones, Anita Colby, David Niven, Lillian Gish, Charles Boyer, George Cukor, Joan Bennett, Constance Bennett, Lana Turner and Bob Hope and wife Dolores Hope.
18 She died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her home in Carmel, California.
19 Her paternal grandfather, the Reverend Charles Richard de Havilland, was from a family originally from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. Her other ancestry included Anglo-Irish and English.
20 From 2003 until her death, she resided in Carmel, California, on her estate known as Villa Fontana.
21 Was allergic to shellfish.
22 She used to correspond with her fans on a regular basis until her 90th birthday. The only time fans received mail from her personally was at Christmastime.
23 She was the last surviving cast member of George Cukor's The Women (1939) until she passed away in December 2013.
24 In a rare act of reconciliation, Joan and her sister Olivia de Havilland celebrated Christmas 1962 together with their then-husbands and children.
25 Is one of three Japan-born actresses to have won an Academy Award. The others are her sister Olivia de Havilland and Miyoshi Umeki.
26 Lost her virginity to Conrad Nagel when she was 20.
27 Allegedly was treated horribly by Laurence Olivier during their time together on the set of Rebecca (1940) as he had campaigned for his then-girlfriend Vivien Leigh to be given the part of Mrs. De Winter.
28 Her personal favorite film of hers was The Constant Nymph (1943).
29 According to an in-depth article on her by Rod Labbe in "Classic Images" magazine, Joan was offered the role of Karen Holmes, the adulterous army wife, in Columbia Pictures' From Here to Eternity (1953), based on James Jones' novel, after the studio had purchased the film rights. Joan was subsequently forced to decline the role because, at the time, she was embroiled in a particularly ugly custody battle over daughter Debbie Dozier with ex-husband William Dozier. Leaving California to film extensively in Hawaii would have jeopardized Joan's case. The part went to second choice Deborah Kerr, who earned an Oscar nomination. Joan later replaced Kerr on Broadway in the original production of "Tea and Sympathy".
30 Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor were her favorite directors.
31 She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943.
32 Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops.
33 Vice-President Emeritus of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
34 In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi. She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta and Renata Marini. She was dubbed once by Micaela Giustiniani in The Women (1939), once by Dina Perbellini and once by Paola Barbara in Suspicion (1941).
35 Relations between Fontaine and her sister Olivia de Havilland were never strong but worsened in 1941, when both were nominated for best actress Oscar. Their mutual dislike and jealousy escalated into an all-out feud after Fontaine won for Suspicion (1941). Despite the fact de Havilland went on to win two Academy Awards of her own, they have remained permanently estranged.
36 Her autobiography, "No Bed of Roses" was published in 1979. Ex-husband William Dozier thought a more appropriate title should have been "No Shred of Truth".
37 Ex-sister-in-law of Pierre Galante and Marcus Goodrich.
38 When her sister, Olivia de Havilland, was 9 years old, she made a will in which she stated "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan, since she has none".
39 Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982
40 She and Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
41 Daughter, Martita, born 3 November 1946, adopted 1952. Ran away in 1963. When Joan found her she was refused contact with the child on the premise that her Peruvian adoption was not valid in the United States. Martita and Joan in later years, wrote and talked on phone to each other quite often. Martita also visited Joan at her home in Carmel.
42 First husband Brian Aherne had a friend call her the night before their wedding to tell her he had cold feet and couldn't marry her. Joan told the friend to tell him it was too late to call it off, that he had better be at the altar the next morning to marry her, and he could divorce her afterwards if he wanted. He was there at the altar and they remained married six years, never mentioning this incident to each other.
43 Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times.
44 The only actor or actress to win an acting Oscar in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She won Best Actress for Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion (1941).
45 Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine.
46 At the age of three she scored 160 on an infant IQ test.
47 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.
48 Gave birth to her only child at age 31, a daughter Deborah Leslie Dozier (aka Debbie Dozier) on November 5, 1948. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, William Dozier.
49 Attended Oak Street School in Saratoga, California.
50 Joked that the musical comedy A Damsel in Distress (1937) set her career back four years. At the premiere, a woman sitting behind her loudly exclaimed, "Isn't she awful!" during Fontaine's onscreen attempt at dancing.
51 Daughter of film and stage actress Lilian Fontaine.
52 Younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland
53 She and Katharine Hepburn both appeared in productions of "The Lion in Winter" (Hepburn in the 1968 film version [The Lion in Winter (1968)]), Fontaine in a 1979 Austrian stage production), and both passed away at the age of 96. Fontaine had appeared onscreen with Hepburn in Quality Street (1937).
54 Similar in theory to Bette Davis when she won her Oscar for Dangerous (1935) after losing for Of Human Bondage (1934), many felt Joan's Best Actress Oscar win for Suspicion (1941) was in sympathy for losing out for her brilliance in the classic film Rebecca (1940).
55 A close friend of Ida Lupino, Joan inherited her collie dog after Lupino died.
56 All of Joan's memorabilia was to be donated to Boston University following her death.
57 After a self-imposed retirement, Joan returned and played Good Queen Ludmella in the TV movie Good King Wenceslas (1994) because the base of her house in Carmel, California, was damaged by an earthquake and Joan decided it was better use the money she got for the movie to fix the house rather than take $200,000 out of her bank account.
58 The Rose Society named a rose after her, The Joan Fontaine Rose.
59 The long-standing feud between she and sister Olivia de Havilland was seldom discussed by Olivia. Joan, on the other hand, was quite candid and felt the complete victim of Olivia's abuse and blamed her sister for the long estrangement. Her side of the story is that the feud started practically from Joan's birth--and that the root of their problem was Olivia's acute unhappiness at having to share the attention of her parents with a younger sibling. The fighting continued into their hair-pulling, clothes-tearing teen years as well.
60 When she decided on a movie career, her mother told her that Warner Bros.--which had sister Olivia de Havilland under contract--was "Olivia's studio" and that Joan was not to pursue work there. She realized that she couldn't use the de Havilland name and instead took her stepfather's last name, Fontaine. Joan eventually got an agent and signed with RKO.
61 She claimed that she was the first choice for the role of Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), but that director George Cukor felt she was too stylish to play the role. She then suggested sister Olivia de Havilland to him and Olivia went on to play the part. Olivia's version of how she got the part makes no mention of this or Joan.
62 In 1946, a huge crack in the sisters' already tense relationship occurred when Joan made an unkind remark about Olivia's new husband, author Marcus Goodrich. Olivia insisted on an apology or she would not talk to her anymore. Joan refused to do so. A year later when Olivia won her first Oscar, Joan, who was at the awards show as a presenter, went up to congratulate her sister but was completely snubbed.
63 In 1979, the year after Joan's frank autobiography was published, the sisters both attended the Academy's 50th anniversary celebration of the Oscars and Oscar winners, but were seated on opposite ends of the stage for the "class photo", apparently at their request, and did not speak with each other at any time.
64 At the time of her death there had been no reconciliation between she and sister Olivia de Havilland.
65 Was the 18th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Suspicion (1941) at The 14th Academy Awards on February 26, 1942.
66 Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
67 Survived by her daughter Debbie Dozier and two grandsons.
68 Was a registered Democrat.
69 Was friends with Ida Lupino, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones, Anita Colby, David Niven, Lillian Gish, Charles Boyer, George Cukor, Joan Bennett, Constance Bennett, Lana Turner and Bob Hope and wife Dolores Hope.
70 She died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her home in Carmel, California.
71 Her paternal grandfather, the Reverend Charles Richard de Havilland, was from a family originally from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands. Her other ancestry included Anglo-Irish and English.
72 From 2003 until her death, she resided in Carmel, California, on her estate known as Villa Fontana.
73 Was allergic to shellfish.
74 She used to correspond with her fans on a regular basis until her 90th birthday. The only time fans received mail from her personally was at Christmastime.
75 She was the last surviving cast member of George Cukor's The Women (1939) until she passed away in December 2013.
76 In a rare act of reconciliation, Joan and her sister Olivia de Havilland celebrated Christmas 1962 together with their then-husbands and children.
77 Is one of three Japan-born actresses to have won an Academy Award. The others are her sister Olivia de Havilland and Miyoshi Umeki.
78 Lost her virginity to Conrad Nagel when she was 20.
79 Allegedly was treated horribly by Laurence Olivier during their time together on the set of Rebecca (1940) as he had campaigned for his then-girlfriend Vivien Leigh to be given the part of Mrs. De Winter.
80 Her personal favorite film of hers was The Constant Nymph (1943).
81 According to an in-depth article on her by Rod Labbe in "Classic Images" magazine, Joan was offered the role of Karen Holmes, the adulterous army wife, in Columbia Pictures' From Here to Eternity (1953), based on James Jones' novel, after the studio had purchased the film rights. Joan was subsequently forced to decline the role because, at the time, she was embroiled in a particularly ugly custody battle over daughter Debbie Dozier with ex-husband William Dozier. Leaving California to film extensively in Hawaii would have jeopardized Joan's case. The part went to second choice Deborah Kerr, who earned an Oscar nomination. Joan later replaced Kerr on Broadway in the original production of "Tea and Sympathy".
82 Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor were her favorite directors.
83 She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943.
84 Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops.
85 Vice-President Emeritus of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
86 In Italy, almost all of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi. She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta and Renata Marini. She was dubbed once by Micaela Giustiniani in The Women (1939), once by Dina Perbellini and once by Paola Barbara in Suspicion (1941).
87 Relations between Fontaine and her sister Olivia de Havilland were never strong but worsened in 1941, when both were nominated for best actress Oscar. Their mutual dislike and jealousy escalated into an all-out feud after Fontaine won for Suspicion (1941). Despite the fact de Havilland went on to win two Academy Awards of her own, they have remained permanently estranged.
88 Her autobiography, "No Bed of Roses" was published in 1979. Ex-husband William Dozier thought a more appropriate title should have been "No Shred of Truth".
89 Ex-sister-in-law of Pierre Galante and Marcus Goodrich.
90 When her sister, Olivia de Havilland, was 9 years old, she made a will in which she stated "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan, since she has none".
91 Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982
92 She and Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
93 Daughter, Martita, born 3 November 1946, adopted 1952. Ran away in 1963. When Joan found her she was refused contact with the child on the premise that her Peruvian adoption was not valid in the United States. Martita and Joan in later years, wrote and talked on phone to each other quite often. Martita also visited Joan at her home in Carmel.
94 First husband Brian Aherne had a friend call her the night before their wedding to tell her he had cold feet and couldn't marry her. Joan told the friend to tell him it was too late to call it off, that he had better be at the altar the next morning to marry her, and he could divorce her afterwards if he wanted. He was there at the altar and they remained married six years, never mentioning this incident to each other.
95 Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times.
96 The only actor or actress to win an acting Oscar in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She won Best Actress for Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion (1941).
97 Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine.
98 At the age of three she scored 160 on an infant IQ test.
99 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.
100 Gave birth to her only child at age 31, a daughter Deborah Leslie Dozier (aka Debbie Dozier) on November 5, 1948. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, William Dozier.
101 Attended Oak Street School in Saratoga, California.
102 Joked that the musical comedy A Damsel in Distress (1937) set her career back four years. At the premiere, a woman sitting behind her loudly exclaimed, "Isn't she awful!" during Fontaine's onscreen attempt at dancing.
103 Daughter of film and stage actress Lilian Fontaine.
104 Younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland


Trademarks

#Trademark
1 Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil
2 Often played delicate women put through emotional turmoil


Quotes

#Quote
1 I make pictures because I like to be able to get a good table when I go to a nightclub and because I like to travel.
2 I'm a very affectionate person, and no man was ever able to satisfy that need for affection as well as my dogs do.
3 When I came to Hollywood I did not know Ida [Lupino], and she was married to Collier Young, his nick name was "Collie". A few years after they were married, they got a divorce, but remained friends. I had been in pictures for a few films and Ida wanted me to be in a film with her called The Bigamist (1953). It turned out that Collie was going to co-produce the film with Ida. I got a chance to meet Collie, I fell in love with him, and I married him. So, as it turned out, when Ida was very ill and in the hospital I visited her. She knew that I loved animals and asked if when the time comes, would I take Holden [Lupino's dog] to come and live with me. So this is how I came to be Holden's owner. So it turns out that I got two collies from Ida Lupino, and they both turned out to be dogs!
4 [on marriage (1978)] The main problem in marriage is that, for a man, sex is a hunger-like eating. If a man is hungry and can't get to a fancy French restaurant, he'll go to a hot dog stand. For a woman, what's important is love and romance.
5 [observation, 1978, about her sister] Olivia has always said I was first at everything. If I die, she'll be furious because, again, I'll have got there first.
6 [on beating sister Olivia De Havilland for the Oscar] I froze. I stared across the table, where Olivia was sitting. 'Get up there!' she whispered commandingly. Now what had I done? All the animus we'd felt towards each other as children, the savage wrestling matches, the time Olivia fractured my collarbone, all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery.
7 I made about seven tests for 'Rebecca'. Everybody tested for it. Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan, Vivien Leigh, Susan Hayward, Anne Baxter, you name her. Supposedly, 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 for star-budding. And may I say he also saw the chance to put me under contract for serf's wages.
8 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.
9 [on Olivia de Havilland] My sister is a very peculiar lady. When we were young, I wasn't allowed to talk to her friends. Now, I'm not allowed to talk to her children, nor are they permitted to see me. This is the nature of the lady. Doesn't bother me at all.
10 I hope I'll die on stage at the age at 105, playing Peter Pan.
11 [on working with director George Cukor on The Women (1939)] I learned about acting from George than anyone else and through just one sentence. He said, "Think and feel and the rest will take care of itself."
12 [on Olivia de Havilland] We're getting closer together as we get older, but there would be a slight problem of temperament. In fact, it would be bigger than Hiroshima.
13 [on Charles Boyer] Charles Boyer remains my favorite leading man. I found him a man of intellect, taste and discernment. He was unselfish, dedicated to his work. Above all, he cared about the quality of the film he was making, and unlike most leading men I have worked with, the single exception being Fred Astaire, his first concern was the film, not himself.
14 [on working with Orson Welles on Jane Eyre (1943)] You can not battle an elephant. Orson was such a big man in every way that no one could stand up to him. On the first day at 4 o'clock, he strode in followed by his agent, a dwarf, his valet and a whole entourage. Approaching us, he proclaimed, "All right, everybody turn to page eight." And we did it, though he was not the director.
15 [Before the failure of her first marriage] Too many Hollywood marriages have smashed up because husbands were Mr. Joan Fontaine. That will never happen in our marriage because I am 100% Mrs. Brian Aherne.
16 I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia [sister Olivia de Havilland] did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!
17 If you keep marrying as I do, you learn everybody's hobby.
18 Marriage, as an institution, is as dead as the dodo bird.
19 I make pictures because I like to be able to get a good table when I go to a nightclub and because I like to travel.
20 I'm a very affectionate person, and no man was ever able to satisfy that need for affection as well as my dogs do.
21 When I came to Hollywood I did not know Ida [Lupino], and she was married to Collier Young, his nick name was "Collie". A few years after they were married, they got a divorce, but remained friends. I had been in pictures for a few films and Ida wanted me to be in a film with her called The Bigamist (1953). It turned out that Collie was going to co-produce the film with Ida. I got a chance to meet Collie, I fell in love with him, and I married him. So, as it turned out, when Ida was very ill and in the hospital I visited her. She knew that I loved animals and asked if when the time comes, would I take Holden [Lupino's dog] to come and live with me. So this is how I came to be Holden's owner. So it turns out that I got two collies from Ida Lupino, and they both turned out to be dogs!
22 [on marriage (1978)] The main problem in marriage is that, for a man, sex is a hunger-like eating. If a man is hungry and can't get to a fancy French restaurant, he'll go to a hot dog stand. For a woman, what's important is love and romance.
23 [observation, 1978, about her sister] Olivia has always said I was first at everything. If I die, she'll be furious because, again, I'll have got there first.
24 [on beating sister Olivia De Havilland for the Oscar] I froze. I stared across the table, where Olivia was sitting. 'Get up there!' she whispered commandingly. Now what had I done? All the animus we'd felt towards each other as children, the savage wrestling matches, the time Olivia fractured my collarbone, all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery.
25 I made about seven tests for 'Rebecca'. Everybody tested for it. Loretta Young, Margaret Sullavan, Vivien Leigh, Susan Hayward, Anne Baxter, you name her. Supposedly, 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 for star-budding. And may I say he also saw the chance to put me under contract for serf's wages.
26 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.
27 [on Olivia de Havilland] My sister is a very peculiar lady. When we were young, I wasn't allowed to talk to her friends. Now, I'm not allowed to talk to her children, nor are they permitted to see me. This is the nature of the lady. Doesn't bother me at all.
28 I hope I'll die on stage at the age at 105, playing Peter Pan.
29 [on working with director George Cukor on The Women (1939)] I learned about acting from George than anyone else and through just one sentence. He said, "Think and feel and the rest will take care of itself."
30 [on Olivia de Havilland] We're getting closer together as we get older, but there would be a slight problem of temperament. In fact, it would be bigger than Hiroshima.
31 [on Charles Boyer] Charles Boyer remains my favorite leading man. I found him a man of intellect, taste and discernment. He was unselfish, dedicated to his work. Above all, he cared about the quality of the film he was making, and unlike most leading men I have worked with, the single exception being Fred Astaire, his first concern was the film, not himself.
32 [on working with Orson Welles on Jane Eyre (1943)] You can not battle an elephant. Orson was such a big man in every way that no one could stand up to him. On the first day at 4 o'clock, he strode in followed by his agent, a dwarf, his valet and a whole entourage. Approaching us, he proclaimed, "All right, everybody turn to page eight." And we did it, though he was not the director.
33 [Before the failure of her first marriage] Too many Hollywood marriages have smashed up because husbands were Mr. Joan Fontaine. That will never happen in our marriage because I am 100% Mrs. Brian Aherne.
34 I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia [sister Olivia de Havilland] did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!
35 If you keep marrying as I do, you learn everybody's hobby.
36 Marriage, as an institution, is as dead as the dodo bird.


Pictures

All Joan Fontaine pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1645 Vine Street.
1947 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Most Cooperative Actress
1943 Sour Apple Golden Apple Awards Least Cooperative Actress
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Suspicion (1941)
1941 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Suspicion (1941)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1944 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Constant Nymph (1943)
1941 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role Rebecca (1940)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1940 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Rebecca (1940)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good King Wenceslas 1994 TV Movie Queen Ludmilla
Dark Mansions 1986 TV Movie Margaret Drake
Hotel 1986 TV Series Ruth Easton
Crossings 1986 TV Mini-Series Alexandra Markham
Bare Essence 1983 TV Series Laura
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Jennifer Langley
Aloha Paradise 1981 TV Series
Ryan's Hope 1980 TV Series Paige Williams
The Users 1978 TV Movie Grace St. George
Cannon 1975 TV Series Thelma Cain
The Witches 1966 Gwen Mayfield
The Bing Crosby Show 1965 TV Series Mrs. Taylor
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1963 TV Series Alice Pemberton
Wagon Train 1963 TV Series Naomi Kaylor
Kraft Mystery Theater 1962 TV Series Margaret Lewis
The Dick Powell Theatre 1962 TV Series Valerie Baumer
Tender Is the Night 1962 Baby Warren
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 Dr. Susan Hiller
Checkmate 1961 TV Series Karen Lawson
The Light That Failed 1961 TV Movie Hostess
General Electric Theater 1956-1961 TV Series Linda Stacey / Judith / Laurel Chapman / ...
One Step Beyond 1960 TV Series Ellen Grayson
Startime 1960 TV Series Julie Forbes
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 TV Series Margaret Lewis
A Certain Smile 1958 Françoise Ferrand
Until They Sail 1957 Anne Leslie
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial 1956-1957 TV Series Adrienne
Island in the Sun 1957 Mavis Norman
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1956 TV Series Lynne Abbott
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 1956 Susan Spencer
Star Stage 1956 TV Series
Serenade 1956 Kendall Hale
The Ford Television Theatre 1956 TV Series Julie
Four Star Playhouse 1953-1955 TV Series Trudy
Casanova's Big Night 1954 Francesca Bruni
The Bigamist 1953 Eve Graham
Flight to Tangier 1953 Susan Lane
Decameron Nights 1953 Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
Ivanhoe 1952 Rowena
Something to Live For 1952 Jenny Carey
Othello 1951 Page (uncredited)
Darling, How Could You! 1951 Alice Grey
September Affair 1950 Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Born to Be Bad 1950 Christabel
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands 1948 Jane Wharton
You Gotta Stay Happy 1948 Dee Dee Dillwood
The Emperor Waltz 1948 Johanna Augusta Franziska
Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948 Lisa Berndle
Ivy 1947 Ivy Lexton
From This Day Forward 1946 Susan
The Affairs of Susan 1945 Susan Darell
Frenchman's Creek 1944 Dona St. Columb
Jane Eyre 1943 Jane Eyre
The Constant Nymph 1943 Tessa Sanger
This Above All 1942 Prudence Cathaway
Suspicion 1941 Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
Rebecca 1940 Mrs. de Winter
The Women 1939 Mrs. John Day - Peggy
Man of Conquest 1939 Eliza Allen
Gunga Din 1939 Emmy
The Duke of West Point 1938 Ann Porter
Sky Giant 1938 Meg Lawrence
Blond Cheat 1938 Julie Evans
Maid's Night Out 1938 Sheila Harrison
A Damsel in Distress 1937 Lady Alyce
Music for Madame 1937 Jean Clemens
You Can't Beat Love 1937 Trudy Olson
The Man Who Found Himself 1937 Nurse Doris King
Quality Street 1937 Charlotte Parratt (uncredited)
A Million to One 1937 Joan Stevens
No More Ladies 1935 Caroline (as Joan Burfield)

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Constant Nymph 1943 performer: "Tomorrow" - uncredited
Rebecca 1940 "Love's Old Sweet Song Just a Song at Twilight" 1884, uncredited
Blond Cheat 1938 performer: "It Must Be Love" 1938
A Damsel in Distress 1937 performer: "Things Are Looking Up" 1937 - uncredited
Music for Madame 1937 performer: "King of the Road" 1937, "I Want the World to Know" 1937

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Letter from an Unknown Woman 1948 producer - uncredited

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Before the Fact: Suspicious Hitchcock 2004 Video documentary short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La parada 1990 TV Series Herself
Más estrellas que en el cielo 1989 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story 1987 TV Series documentary Herself
Hour Magazine 1986 TV Series Herself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Nutcracker 1985 TV Movie Herself (host of television broadcast only)
Doris Day's Best Friends 1985 TV Series Herself
All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story 1982 Documentary Herself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1980 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock 1979 TV Movie documentary Herself
Looks Familiar 1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1978 TV Series Herself - Actress / Herself - Co-Host
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Herself
The Fim Society of Lincoln Center Tribute to George Cukor 1978 TV Movie Herself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects
The Bob Braun Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Actress
Busby Berkeley 1974 Documentary Herself
What's My Line? 1972-1973 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
Season's Greetings from Mike Douglas 1972 TV Movie Herself - Actress
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971 TV Series Herself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
You're Putting Me On 1969 TV Series Herself
Personality 1967-1969 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
Girl Talk 1965-1968 TV Series Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1968 TV Series Herself
Snap Judgment 1968 TV Series Herself
Cinema 1967 TV Series documentary Herself
To Tell the Truth 1958-1966 TV Series Herself - Panelist / Herself
Eye Guess 1966 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1966 TV Series Herself
This Proud Land 1966 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - reading love letters of Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel
The Soupy Sales Hour 1966 TV Movie Herself
What's My Line? 1954-1966 TV Series Herself - Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
The Match Game 1963-1965 TV Series Herself - Team Captain
Get the Message 1964 TV Series Herself
Talent Scouts 1962-1963 TV Series Herself
I've Got a Secret 1963 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards 1961 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Conductor & Best Stage Technician
The DuPont Show of the Month 1960 TV Series Herself - Hostess
Family Classics: The Three Musketeers 1960 TV Movie Herself - Hostess
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Herself - Introducing: Laurence Olivier
Mr. Adams and Eve 1957 TV Series Herself
Climax! 1956 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers 1955 Documentary short Herself
The Loretta Young Show 1955 TV Series Herself - Guest Hostess
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Breakdowns of 1942 1942 Short Herself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Herself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself
American Masters 1998 TV Series documentary
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet 1995 Documentary The Second Mrs. DeWinter (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary Lisa Berndle, 'Letter to an Unknown Woman' (uncredited)
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary Gwen Mayfield
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones 1988 Video documentary Herself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Canciones para después de una guerra 1976 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Herself
The Art Director 1949 Documentary short Herself - edited from 'Jane Eyre' (uncredited)
La otra sala: Clásicos 2016 TV Series documentary
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Mrs. de Winter
Talking Pictures 2014-2015 TV Series documentary Rebecca / Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself (In Memoriam)
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Memorial Tribute
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Herself
Locked in the Tower: The Men Behind 'Jane Eyre' 2007 Video documentary short Jane Eyre
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special Herself
Ciclo Alfred Hitchcock 2005 TV Series
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