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Joan Fontaine, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Joan Fontaine: Best Actress 1941: MovieActors.com

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SUSPICION (Mystery/Suspense)

Joan Fontaine was a shy girl who quickly marries and then suspects that her husband may be a murderer.













About Joan Fontaine (1917 – 2013)

joan-fontaine-photo Joan Fontaine was a Leading Actress, in America since childhood of British heritage.

Her real name was Joan de Havilland, sister of Olivia and "Fontaine" was her mother's maiden name.

Joan Fontaine had some Broadway experience.

Joan Fontaine was born in Tokyo, Japan, to a patent attorney father working overseas and is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland.

In 1939, she played with Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford, in THE WOMEN, the story of the interlocking lives and loves of three women, based on the Clare Booth Luce play.

Joan Fontaine played a young wife who falls into a dark trap, when she marries a widower, played by Lawrence Olivier, in the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock thriller, REBECCA. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

Then in 1941, Fontaine played in another Hitchcock thriller, SUSPICION. Joan Fontaine plays a woman who meets Cary Grant on a train and shortly thereafter marries him, without realizing he is a playboy, a gambler and perhaps worse. Fontaine won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal.

In 1943, Joan Fontaine was nominated for another Oscar for her role in THE CONSTANT NYMPH, with Charles Boyer and Peter Lorre, a tale of changing fortunes and jealousy. In 1948, Fontaine starred in LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, as the forgotten former lover of a man who has been challenged to a duel over her.

Fontaine played the elegant wife in the Ida Lupino directed film, THE BIGAMIST, whose ignorance of her husband's affair with another woman is ended by his court trial.

Her other nominations were for:

REBECCA (1940)
THE CONSTANT NYMPH (1943)

Joan Fontaine's notable movie credits include...

QUALITY STREET (1937)
YOU CAN'T BEAT LOVE (1937)
A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS (1937)
THE DUKE OF WEST POINT (1938)
SKY GIANT (1938)
GUNGA DIN (1939)
REBECCA (1940)
THIS ABOVE ALL (1042)
JANE EYRE (1943)
FRENCHMAN'S CREEK (1944)
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD (1946)
LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN (1948)
BORN TO BE BAD (1950)
SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (1950)
DARLING HOW COULD YOU? (1951)
IVANHOE (1952)
CASANOVA'S BIG NIGHT (1954)
AFFAIRS OF SUSAN (1945)
ISLAND IN THE SUN (1957)
UNTIL THEY SAIL (1957)
TENDER IS THE NIGHT (1962)
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961)
THE DEVIL'S OWN


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Joan Fontaine in REBECCA.

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Joan Fontaine in GUNGA DIN.

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Joan Fontaine in THE WOMEN (1939).

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Fontaine in VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1961).

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Joan Fontaine with Cary in SUSPICION (1941).