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Joan Fontaine ACTOR


Joan Fontaine was born on October 22nd, 1917 in Tokyo, Japan with the birth name Joan de Beaunoir de Havilland.  Her father was a British Patent Attorney but his business was slightly lucrative.  Due to both Joan and her sister Olivia having a number of health issues, her family relocated back to the United States and chose to move to California.
Joan, Olivia and their mother found a home in Saratoga, but her father returned to his job in Japan and divorced soon after.  Both girls knew of their mother's dream to become an actress, however, once she married that dream was no longer a reality. 
Olivia decided to pursue a career as a stage actress, but Joan soon returned to Tokyo to live with her father and finish her schooling at the American School in Japan.  When Joan completed her schooling she moved back to California and her sister's career was off to a good start.
Joan, too, decided she wanted to be an actress and decided to join a theater group in Los Angeles.  Joan soon tested at MGM and she was cast in the film, "No More Ladies" (1935) in a very small part.  She continued to try and gain success in the industry, but things were moving quite slow for her.
Her sister was gaining much better exposure but she did not give up.  In 1937 Joan was cast in her second film role "Can't Beat Love" followed by a role in, "Quality Street" (1937).  She was cast in a number of other films receiving small roles but she then got her big break when she was honored with an Academy Award nomination for her role in the film, "Rebecca" (1940).
Joan was now gaining the attention of critics and in 1941 she was cast in "Suspicion" for which not only was she nominated this time, but she also won an Academy Award for Best Actress.  She was now well on her way to a successful career with more decent roles in such films as, "This Above All" (1942), "The Constant Nymph" (1943) and "The Emperor Waltz" (1948).
She took a one year hiatus from acting and when she returned she made a number of television appearances, and also did some stage work in dinner shows and on Broadway in such productions as "Forty Carats" and "The Lion in Winter".
As her career winded down her final big screen appearance was in the film, "The Witches" (1966) and "Good King Wenceslas" (1994).  She had a very successful career and way overtook her sister on the level of stardom she achieved.
Her personal life, however was not so successful.  With four failed marriages to, Brian Aherne from 1939 to 1945.  Then husband number two, William Dozier from 1946 through 1951.  Joan then married for a third time to Coller Young from 1952 through 1961.  Then Joan entered her fourth marriage with Alfred Wright Jr. in 1964 only lasting until 1969.  She only had one biological child with her second husband and suffered to other miscarriages.
In 1979, her autobiography, 'No Bed of Roses' was published.  She was also a nurses aid during World War II and made a number of appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of the American troops. 
She is still surviving and still corresponds with her fans and maintains a facebook page.  


1994 Good King Wenceslas
1986 Dark Mansions
1986 Hotel
1986 Crossings
1983 Bare Essence
1981 The Love Boat
1981 Aloha Paradise
1980 Ryan's Hope 
1978 The Users
1975 Cannon
1966 The Witches 
1965 The Bing Crosby Show
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1963 Wagon Train
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre 
1962 Tender Is the Night 
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 
1961 Checkmate 
1961 The Light That Failed 
1956-1961 G.E. True Theater 
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond
1960 Startime 
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 
1958 A Certain Smile 
1957 Until They Sail 
1956-1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial 
1957 Island in the Sun
1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour
1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
1956 Star Stage
1956 Serenade 
1956 The Ford Television Theatre 
1953-1955 Four Star Playhouse
1954 Casanova's Big Night
1953 The Bigamist 
1953 Flight to Tangier 
1953 Decameron Nights
1952 Ivanhoe 
1952 Othello
1952 Something to Live For
1951 Darling, How Could You! 
1950 Born to Be Bad
1950 September Affair
1948 Kiss the Blood Off My Hands 
1948 You Gotta Stay Happy 
1948 The Emperor Waltz
1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman 
1947 Ivy 
1946 From This Day Forward 
1945 The Affairs of Susan 
1944 Frenchman's Creek 
1943 Jane Eyre 
1943 The Constant Nymph 
1942 This Above All 
1941 Suspicion 
1940 Rebecca 
1939 The Women 
1939 Man of Conquest 
1939 Gunga Din 
1938 The Duke of West Point 
1938 Sky Giant 
1938 Blond Cheat 
1938 Maid's Night Out 
1937 A Damsel in Distress 
1937 Music for Madame 
1937 You Can't Beat Love
1937 The Man Who Found Himself
1937 Quality Street
1937 A Million to One
1935 No More Ladies   

Matinee Classics - No More Ladies starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone, Edna May Oliver, Gail Patrick, Reginald Denny, Vivienne Osborne, Joan Fontaine, Arthur Treacher, David S. Horsley, Jean Chatburn and E.J. Babille
Matinee Classics - Joan Fontaine
Matinee Classics - Ivanhoe starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Emlyn Williams, Robert Douglas, Finlay Currie, Felix Aylmer, Francis De Wolff, Norman Wooland, Basil Sydney, Harold Warrender, Patrick Holt, Roderick Lovell and Sebastian Cabot
Matinee Classics - Rebecca starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper, Florence Bates, Melville Cooper and Leo G. Carroll
Matinee Classics - Rebecca starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson, Nigel Bruce, Reginald Denny, C. Aubrey Smith, Gladys Cooper, Florence Bates, Melville Cooper and Leo G. Carroll
Matinee Classics - Sky Giant starring Richard Dix, Chester Morris, Joan Fontaine, Harry Carey, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Strange, Max Hoffman Jr., Vicki Lester, James Bush, Edward Marr, Bernice Pilot and William Corson
Matinee Classics - The Bigamist starring Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn, Edmond O'Brien, Kenneth Tobey, Jane Darwell, Peggy Maley, Lillian Fontaine, Matt Dennis and John Maxwell

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