Reports came in last evening that another Hollywood legend has passed. Joan Fontaine was born in October 1917 as Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, the younger sister of Olivia de Havilland, a legendary actress in her own right who
died only a few years prior
is still alive and kicking.*
With a film career that spanned the 1930s to the 1960s, she'll best be remembered for a pair of extraordinary performances she gave under the direction of Alfred Hitchock. 1940's Rebecca
brought her first Oscar nomination, and she would win the year later for her iconic turn in Suspicion
In 1952 she appeared in the epic Ivanhoe, cast beside Robert Taylor and Elizabeth Taylor in the retelling of the Walter Scott tale. Her last credited appearance was the Hammer horror film The Witches
Fontaine lived to the age of 96.
* Updated: As commenter Edmund Yeo points out, Ms. de Havilland is still alive. We regret the error.
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