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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (22 October 1917 − 15 December 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British-American actress. Fontaine began her career on the stage in 1935 and signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year.

In 1941, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The following year, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941) making Fontaine the only actor to ever win an Academy Award in a film directed by Hitchcock. Fontaine and her elder sister Olivia de Havilland are the only set of siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards. During the 1940s to the 1990s, Fontaine continued her career in roles on the stage and in radio, television and film. She released her autobiography, No Bed of Roses, in 1978. After a career spanning over fifty years, Fontaine made her last on-screen appearance in 1994.

Born in Japan to British parents, the sisters moved to California in 1919. Fontaine lived in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where she owned a home, Villa Fontana. It was there that she died of natural causes at the age of 96 in 2013.


Year Title Role Notes
1935 No More Ladies Caroline 'Carrie' Rumsey Credited as Joan Burfield
1937 A Million to One Joan Stevens
Quality Street Charlotte Parratt Uncredited
The Man Who Found Himself Nurse Doris King
You Can't Beat Love Trudy Olson
Music for Madame Jean Clemens
A Damsel in Distress Lady Alyce Marshmorton
1938 Maid's Night Out Sheila Harrison
Blond Cheat Juliette 'Julie' Evans
Sky Giant Meg Lawrence
The Duke of West Point Ann Porter
1939 Gunga Din Emmy
Man of Conquest Eliza Allen
The Women Mrs. John Day (Peggy)
1940 Rebecca The second Mrs. de Winter New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actress
1941 Suspicion Lina Academy Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1942 This Above All Prudence Cathaway
1943 The Constant Nymph Tessa Sanger Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actress
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre (as an adult)
1944 Frenchman's Creek Dona St. Columb
1945 The Affairs of Susan Susan Darell
1946 From This Day Forward Susan Cummings
1947 Ivy Ivy
1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman Lisa Berndle
The Emperor Waltz Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska
You Gotta Stay Happy Dee Dee Dillwood
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands Jane Wharton
1950 September Affair Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Born to Be Bad Christabel Caine Carey
1951 Darling, How Could You! Alice Grey
1952 Something to Live For Jenny Carey
Othello Page Uncredited
Ivanhoe Rowena
1953 Decameron Nights Fiametta/Bartolomea/Ginevra/Isabella
Flight to Tangier Susan Lane
The Bigamist Eve Graham
1954 Casanova's Big Night Francesca Bruni Alternative title: Mr. Casanova
1956 Serenade Kendall Hale
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Susan Spencer
1957 Island in the Sun Mavis Norman
Until They Sail Annelise
1958 A Certain Smile Françoise Ferrand
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Susan Hiller
1962 Tender Is the Night Baby Warren
1966 The Witches Gwen Mayfield Alternative title: The Devil's Own
Year Title Role Notes
1953-1954 Four Star Playhouse Trudy episode: "Trudy"
episode: "The Girl on the Park Bench"
1956 The Ford Television Theatre Julie episode: "Your Other Love"
1956 The 20th Century Fox Hour Lynne Abbott episode: "Stranger In the Night"
1956-1957 The Joseph Cotten Show Adrienne episode: "Fatal Charm"
episode: "The De Santre Story"
1956-1930 General Electric Theater Linda Stacey
Laurel Chapman
Melanie Langdon
Countess Irene Forelli
episode: "A Possibility of Oil"
episode: "The Story of Judith"
episode: "At Miss Minner's"
episode: "The Victorian Chaise Lounge"
episode: "In Summer Promise"
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Margaret Lewis episode: "Perilous"
1960 Startime Julie Forbes episode: "Closed Set"
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Ellen Grayson episode: "The Visitor"
1961 The Light That Failed Hostess TV movie
1961 Checkmate Karen Lawson episode: "Voyage Into Fear"
1962 The Dick Powell Show Valerie Baumer episode: "The Clocks"
1963 Wagon Train Naomi Kaylor episode: "The Naomi Kaylor Story"
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Alice Pemberton episode: "The Paragon"
1965 The Bing Crosby Show Mrs. Taylor episode: "Operation Man Save"
1975 Cannon Thelma Cain episode: "The Star"
1978 The Users Grace St. George
1980 Ryan's Hope Paige Williams 5 episodes
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest/Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama Series
1981 The Love Boat Jennifer Langley episode: "Chef's Special/Beginning Anew/Kleinschmidt"
1983 Bare Essence Laura episode: "Hour Four"
episode: "Hour Five"
1986 Crossings Alexandra Markham
1986 Hotel Ruth Easton episode: "Harassed"
1986 Dark Mansions Margaret Drake TV film
1994 Good King Wenceslas Queen Ludmilla TV film

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