Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine


10/22/1917, Toyko, Japan

Birth Name

Joan deBeauvoir de Havilland



Also Known As

Joan Burfield
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Joan Fontain (born October 22, 1917) is an Academy Award winning motion picture and television actress best known for her work in the film noir period of the early 40's. She has starres in such movies as; Rebecca, Suspicion, and The Constant Nymph. She is the older sister…more


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    • In 1930, the night before she was due to wed her first husband, Brian Aherne, one of his friend's called her 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 for six years and never mentioned the incident to each other.

    • Joan is the only actor to win a Oscar for starring in an Alfred Hitchcock directed film, which was in 1941 for Suspicion.

    • A the premiere of Joan's movie A Damsel in Distress, a woman sitting behind her shouted "Isn't she awful!" at Joan's on-screen attempt at dancing.

    • Joan was married to William Dozier from 1946 until they divorced in 1951.

    • Joan was married to Alfred Wright, Jr. from 1964 to 1969.

    • Joan has one biological daughter, Deborah Leslie Dozier, who was born in 1948. Joan dosen't talk to her daughter any more, after discovering she was maintaing a relationship with her aunt, Olivia.

    • Joan was married to show creator Collier Young from 1952 until they divorced in 1961.

    • In 1982, Joan was Head of the Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival.

    • In 1979, Joan published her autobiography No Bed of Roses. Her ex-husband William Dozier suggested the title should have been "No Shred of Truth".

    • Joan had an intense rivalry with her sister Olivia and they haven't spoken to one another since 1975. Their rivalry started when Olivia was just nine amd wrote a fake will that stated "I bequeath all my beauty to my younger sister Joan, since she has none".

    • Howard Hughes, who dated Joan's sister Olivia, proposed to Joan many times but she refused all his proposals.

    • Joan adopted an infant Peruvian girl, Martita, in 1952 but she ran away in 1963. When Joan finally found her she was refused contact with her on the ground that the Peruvian adoption wasn't valid in the U.S. Joan never saw or spoke to Martita again.

    • Joan had two miscarriages in 1964, at the age of 46.

    • Joan was a smart child and at the age of 3 scored 160 in an infant I.Q. test.

    • Joan married Brian Aherne in 1939 but they divorced in 1945.

    • Joan has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street.

    • Joan is the sister of Academy Award winning actress Olivia de Havilland.

    • Joan attended Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California.

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