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Born as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on the 22nd October 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, she was an American award- winning actress, best known to the world for appearing in numerous feature films during the Hollywood golden era, including “Rebecca” (1940), “Suspicion” (1941), “Letter from an Unknown Woman” (1948), and “Ivanhoe” (1952), among many other accomplishments. She passed away in 2013.

Have you ever wondered how rich Joan Fontaine was at the time of her death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Fontaine’s net worth was as high as $40 million, an amount earned through her successful career in the entertainment industry, which was active from the mid- 30s, until the mid- ‘90s.

Joan Fontaine Net Worth $40 Million

Joan was the daughter of Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor at the Imperial University in Tokyo, who later became patent attorney, and Lilian Augusta de Havilland Fontaine, who before leaving for Tokyo was a stage actress, but forewent her career for the sake of family, however, just three years after Joan’s birth, her parents divorced and Joan, her mother, and her older sister Olivia, who later also became a successful actress, moved to the US.

The Fontaine trio settled in Saratoga, California and young Joan attended Los Gatos High School, and also began taking diction lessons with her older sister. Once she turned 16, Joan moved back to Japan to live with her father, where she enrolled at Tokyo School for Foreign Children, matriculating in 1935, then returned to the USA and commenced her acting career.

Joan made a debut first on stage, in the play “Call It a Day” (1935), and in no time she received a contract offer from, none other than RKO Pictures. She made her screen debut in the romantic comedy “No More Ladies”, which starred Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery and Charles Ruggles, and although only a minor role, Joan was already considered a star, and in 1937 she was cast in the lead role of Nurse Doris King in the drama “The Man Who Found Himself”, next to John Beal and Phillip Huston. The same year she starred in the romantic comedy film “A Damsel in Distress”, with Fred Astaire, Gracie Allen and George Burns, however, the film received mixed reviews and failed at the box office, which resulted in Joan’s role in RKO Pictures being diminished. Until the end of her contract in 1939, she appeared in more several minor roles, but was then let go from the production house.

However, she was quickly back on track when she met producer David O. Selznick at a dinner party, and the two found a joint interest in the novel “Rebecca”, written by Daphne du Maurier, and David called her up to audition for the film of the same name. After months of preparation for the audition, Joan finally showed her talents and was selected to portray Mrs. de Winter in the romantic mystery drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which was his debut film for the American market. The following year, Hitchcock and Joan worked together again, this time on the mystery thriller “Suspicion”, for which Joan received an Academy Award in the category Best Actress in a Leading Role; the film also starred Cary Grant and Cedric Hardwicke, and earned over $4 million at box office, which helped increase Joan’s net worth to a large degree. Throughout the ‘40s, Joan starred in many blockbuster films, such as “The Constant Nymph” (1943), then “Jane Eyre” (1943) – an adaption of the Charlotte Bronte novel – then the comedy “The Affairs of Susan” in 1945, in which she shared the screen with George Brent, while in 1948 she starred with Louis Jordan in the romantic drama “Letter from an Unknown Woman”, and the same year was the female lead in the Academy Award- nominated romantic comedy “The Emperor Waltz”, next to Bing Crosby and Roland Culver.

She continued quite successfully in the early ‘50s, appearing in such films as “Born to Be Bad” (1950), and in William Dieterle’s Golden Globe Award- winning romantic drama “September Affair” (1950) with Joseph Cotton, while two years later she appeared with Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor in the adventure drama “Ivanhoe”, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. In 1956 Joan made appearance in the crime drama “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt”, and finished the decade with a role in the 1958 drama “A Certain Smile”.

With the start of the ‘60s, her popularity began slowly to decline, which resulted in only a few memorable appearances; these included the portrayal of Baby Warren in the drama “Tender is the Night” in 1962, then the starring role of Gwen Mayfield in the horror “The Witches” (1966), thriller “Dark Mansions” in 1986, and as Queen Ludmilla in the drama “Good King Wenceslas” in 1994, which was her last screen appearance.

Although her career on screen declined slowly, she became a stage star in a number of theater appearances, including on Broadway in plays “Tea and Sympathy” and “Forty Carats”, which also improved her wealth.

Back in 1960 she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, thanks for her success in film.

Regarding her personal life, Joan had four marriages and divorces, and one child from those relationships. Firstly to actor Brian Aheme (1939-45), then a year later she married actor/producer William Dozier, with whom she had her only child, Deborah Leslie, born in 1948, but they divorced the year after. Joan soon found a new partner, and in 1952 she married Collier Young, a producer and writer; their marriage lasted until 1962, but she filed for divorce two years before she was officially divorced from the successful television producer. Her last marriage was to Alfred Wright, Jr., which lasted from 1964 to 1969.

In 1951 a visit to South America saw her adopt a girl from Peru, named Martita. The two lived together until Martita was 16 years old, when she escaped the Fontaine household. The deal was that Martita visit her parents back in Peru that year, but instead she fled and Joan and Martita never spoke again.

Throughout her life, Joan had problems with her sister, behaving as though they hated each other. Their altercation culminated in 1975 following the funeral of their mother, after which the two didn’t speak to each other.

Joan owned a house in Carmel Highlands, California, called Villa Fontana, and passed away in her home from natural causes at the ripe old age of 96, on the 15th December 2013.

Quick Facts

Birth date: October 22, 1917
Birth place: Tokyo, Japan
Death date: December 15, 2013, Carmel Highlands, California, United States
Height:1.6 m
Profession:Actress
Education:American School in Japan, Los Gatos High School
Nationality:Japanese, American, British
Spouse:Alfred Wright, Jr. (m. 1964–1969), Collier Young (m. 1952–1961), William Dozier (m. 1946–1951), Brian Aherne (m. 1939–1945)
Children:Debbie Dozier, Martita Pareja
Parents:Lillian Fontaine, Walter Augustus de Havilland
Siblings:Olivia de Havilland
Books:No Bed of Roses
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1She 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).
2Similar 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).
3A close friend of Ida Lupino, Joan inherited her collie dog after Lupino died.
4All of Joan's memorabilia was to be donated to Boston University following her death.
5After 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.
6The Rose Society named a rose after her, The Joan Fontaine Rose.
7The 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.
8When 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.
9She 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.
10In 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.
11In 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.
12At the time of her death there had been no reconciliation between she and sister Olivia de Havilland.
13Was 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.
14Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
15Survived by her daughter Debbie Dozier and two grandsons.
16Was a registered Democrat.
17Was 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.
18She died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her home in Carmel, California.
19Her 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.
20From 2003 until her death, she resided in Carmel, California, on her estate known as Villa Fontana.
21Was allergic to shellfish.
22She 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.
23She was the last surviving cast member of George Cukor's The Women (1939) until she passed away in December 2013.
24In a rare act of reconciliation, Joan and her sister Olivia de Havilland celebrated Christmas 1962 together with their then-husbands and children.
25Is one of three Japan-born actresses to have won an Academy Award. The others are her sister Olivia de Havilland and Miyoshi Umeki.
26Lost her virginity to Conrad Nagel when she was 20.
27Allegedly 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.
28Her personal favorite film of hers was The Constant Nymph (1943).
29According 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".
30Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor were her favorite directors.
31She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943.
32Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops.
33Vice-President Emeritus of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
34In 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).
35Relations 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.
36Her 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".
37Ex-sister-in-law of Pierre Galante and Marcus Goodrich.
38When 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".
39Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982
40She and Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
41Daughter, 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.
42First 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.
43Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times.
44The 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).
45Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine.
46At the age of three she scored 160 on an infant IQ test.
47She was a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, expert rider, prize-winning tuna fisherman, a hole-in-one golfer, Cordon Bleu chef and licensed interior decorator.
48Gave 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.
49Attended Oak Street School in Saratoga, California.
50Joked 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.
51Daughter of film and stage actress Lilian Fontaine.
52Younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland
53She 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).
54Similar 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).
55A close friend of Ida Lupino, Joan inherited her collie dog after Lupino died.
56All of Joan's memorabilia was to be donated to Boston University following her death.
57After 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.
58The Rose Society named a rose after her, The Joan Fontaine Rose.
59The 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.
60When 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.
61She 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.
62In 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.
63In 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.
64At the time of her death there had been no reconciliation between she and sister Olivia de Havilland.
65Was 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.
66Was considered for the title role in Mildred Pierce (1945).
67Survived by her daughter Debbie Dozier and two grandsons.
68Was a registered Democrat.
69Was 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.
70She died in her sleep of natural causes at the age of 96 in her home in Carmel, California.
71Her 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.
72From 2003 until her death, she resided in Carmel, California, on her estate known as Villa Fontana.
73Was allergic to shellfish.
74She 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.
75She was the last surviving cast member of George Cukor's The Women (1939) until she passed away in December 2013.
76In a rare act of reconciliation, Joan and her sister Olivia de Havilland celebrated Christmas 1962 together with their then-husbands and children.
77Is one of three Japan-born actresses to have won an Academy Award. The others are her sister Olivia de Havilland and Miyoshi Umeki.
78Lost her virginity to Conrad Nagel when she was 20.
79Allegedly 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.
80Her personal favorite film of hers was The Constant Nymph (1943).
81According 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".
82Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor were her favorite directors.
83She became an American citizen on April 23, 1943.
84Worked tirelessly as a nurses' aide during WWII and made numerous appearances at the Hollywood Canteen in support of American troops.
85Vice-President Emeritus of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
86In 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).
87Relations 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.
88Her 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".
89Ex-sister-in-law of Pierre Galante and Marcus Goodrich.
90When 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".
91Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1982
92She and Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year.
93Daughter, 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.
94First 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.
95Became pregnant twice in 1964, at the age of 46, but miscarried both times.
96The 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).
97Took her stage name from her step-father, George Fontaine.
98At the age of three she scored 160 on an infant IQ test.
99She was a licensed pilot, champion balloonist, expert rider, prize-winning tuna fisherman, a hole-in-one golfer, Cordon Bleu chef and licensed interior decorator.
100Gave 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.
101Attended Oak Street School in Saratoga, California.
102Joked 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.
103Daughter of film and stage actress Lilian Fontaine.
104Younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland


Trademarks

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


Quotes

#Quote
1I 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.
2I'm a very affectionate person, and no man was ever able to satisfy that need for affection as well as my dogs do.
3When 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.
7I 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.
8You 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.
10I 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.
16I 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!
17If you keep marrying as I do, you learn everybody's hobby.
18Marriage, as an institution, is as dead as the dodo bird.
19I 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.
20I'm a very affectionate person, and no man was ever able to satisfy that need for affection as well as my dogs do.
21When 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.
25I 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.
26You 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.
28I 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.
34I 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!
35If you keep marrying as I do, you learn everybody's hobby.
36Marriage, as an institution, is as dead as the dodo bird.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1645 Vine Street.
1947Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actress
1943Sour AppleGolden Apple AwardsLeast Cooperative Actress
1942OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleSuspicion (1941)
1941NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressSuspicion (1941)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1944OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Constant Nymph (1943)
1941OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleRebecca (1940)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1940NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressRebecca (1940)


Filmography

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good King Wenceslas1994TV MovieQueen Ludmilla
Dark Mansions1986TV MovieMargaret Drake
Hotel1986TV SeriesRuth Easton
Crossings1986TV Mini-SeriesAlexandra Markham
Bare Essence1983TV SeriesLaura
The Love Boat1981TV SeriesJennifer Langley
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series
Ryan's Hope1980TV SeriesPaige Williams
The Users1978TV MovieGrace St. George
Cannon1975TV SeriesThelma Cain
The Witches1966Gwen Mayfield
The Bing Crosby Show1965TV SeriesMrs. Taylor
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1963TV SeriesAlice Pemberton
Wagon Train1963TV SeriesNaomi Kaylor
Kraft Mystery Theater1962TV SeriesMargaret Lewis
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesValerie Baumer
Tender Is the Night1962Baby Warren
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1961Dr. Susan Hiller
Checkmate1961TV SeriesKaren Lawson
The Light That Failed1961TV MovieHostess
General Electric Theater1956-1961TV SeriesLinda Stacey / Judith / Laurel Chapman / ...
One Step Beyond1960TV SeriesEllen Grayson
Startime1960TV SeriesJulie Forbes
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesMargaret Lewis
A Certain Smile1958Françoise Ferrand
Until They Sail1957Anne Leslie
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1956-1957TV SeriesAdrienne
Island in the Sun1957Mavis Norman
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesLynne Abbott
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt1956Susan Spencer
Star Stage1956TV Series
Serenade1956Kendall Hale
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesJulie
Four Star Playhouse1953-1955TV SeriesTrudy
Casanova's Big Night1954Francesca Bruni
The Bigamist1953Eve Graham
Flight to Tangier1953Susan Lane
Decameron Nights1953Fiammetta / Bartolomea / Ginevra / ...
Ivanhoe1952Rowena
Something to Live For1952Jenny Carey
Othello1951Page (uncredited)
Darling, How Could You!1951Alice Grey
September Affair1950Marianne 'Manina' Stuart
Born to Be Bad1950Christabel
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands1948Jane Wharton
You Gotta Stay Happy1948Dee Dee Dillwood
The Emperor Waltz1948Johanna Augusta Franziska
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Lisa Berndle
Ivy1947Ivy Lexton
From This Day Forward1946Susan
The Affairs of Susan1945Susan Darell
Frenchman's Creek1944Dona St. Columb
Jane Eyre1943Jane Eyre
The Constant Nymph1943Tessa Sanger
This Above All1942Prudence Cathaway
Suspicion1941Lina
Rebecca1940Mrs. de Winter
The Women1939Mrs. John Day - Peggy
Man of Conquest1939Eliza Allen
Gunga Din1939Emmy
The Duke of West Point1938Ann Porter
Sky Giant1938Meg Lawrence
Blond Cheat1938Julie Evans
Maid's Night Out1938Sheila Harrison
A Damsel in Distress1937Lady Alyce
Music for Madame1937Jean Clemens
You Can't Beat Love1937Trudy Olson
The Man Who Found Himself1937Nurse Doris King
Quality Street1937Charlotte Parratt (uncredited)
A Million to One1937Joan Stevens
No More Ladies1935Caroline (as Joan Burfield)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Constant Nymph1943performer: "Tomorrow" - uncredited
Rebecca1940"Love's Old Sweet Song Just a Song at Twilight" 1884, uncredited
Blond Cheat1938performer: "It Must Be Love" 1938
A Damsel in Distress1937performer: "Things Are Looking Up" 1937 - uncredited
Music for Madame1937performer: "King of the Road" 1937, "I Want the World to Know" 1937

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Before the Fact: Suspicious Hitchcock2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La parada1990TV SeriesHerself
Más estrellas que en el cielo1989TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Talking Pictures1988TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Nutcracker1985TV MovieHerself (host of television broadcast only)
Doris Day's Best Friends1985TV SeriesHerself
All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story1982DocumentaryHerself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1980TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Movie documentaryHerself
Looks Familiar1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself - Co-Host
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHerself
The Fim Society of Lincoln Center Tribute to George Cukor1978TV MovieHerself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects
Busby Berkeley1974DocumentaryHerself
What's My Line?1972-1973TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
You're Putting Me On1969TV SeriesHerself
Personality1967-1969TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Girl Talk1965-1968TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1968TV SeriesHerself
Snap Judgment1968TV SeriesHerself
Cinema1967TV Series documentaryHerself
To Tell the Truth1958-1966TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself
Eye Guess1966TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Soupy Sales Hour1966TV MovieHerself
What's My Line?1954-1966TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Mystery Guest
The Match Game1963-1965TV SeriesHerself - Team Captain
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHerself
Talent Scouts1962-1963TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1963TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The DuPont Show of the Month1960TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Family Classics: The Three Musketeers1960TV MovieHerself - Hostess
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHerself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Introducing: Laurence Olivier
Mr. Adams and Eve1957TV SeriesHerself
Climax!1956TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers1955Documentary shortHerself
The Loretta Young Show1955TV SeriesHerself - Guest Hostess
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Breakdowns of 19421942ShortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La otra sala: Clásicos2016TV Series documentary
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryMrs. de Winter
Talking Pictures2014-2015TV Series documentaryRebecca / Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Cinema 32013TV SeriesHerself
Locked in the Tower: The Men Behind 'Jane Eyre'2007Video documentary shortJane Eyre
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialHerself
Ciclo Alfred Hitchcock2005TV Series
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies2000TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Masters1998TV Series documentary
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Celluloid Closet1995DocumentaryThe Second Mrs. DeWinter (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryLisa Berndle, 'Letter to an Unknown Woman' (uncredited)
The World of Hammer1994TV Series documentaryGwen Mayfield
The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHerself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Canciones para después de una guerra1976DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood and the Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
The Art Director1949Documentary shortHerself - edited from 'Jane Eyre' (uncredited)

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