Monday, December 16, 2013

Joan Fontaine Passes Away

Just one day after Peter O'Toole's death, Academy Award winning actress Joan Fontaine has passed away at the age of 96.  Fontaine was best known for the Alfred Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion as well as other classics like Letter from an Unknown Woman and Ivanhoe.

Fontaine's first onscreen appearance was in the film Warner Bros. film No More Ladies starring Joan Crawford and Robert Montgomery. She went on to star in a number of classics in the 30s and 40s such as Gunga Din (1939), The Women (1939), Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Jane Eyre (1943), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Ivanhoe (1952). With the advent of television in the 50s, Fontaine had a successful career on the small screen as well making appearances on "Four Star Playhouse", "Ford Television Theater", "The 20th Century Fox Hour", "The Joseph Cotten Show", "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse", "One Step Beyond", "Checkmate", "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", "The Bing Crosby Show", "Ryan's Hope" and "The Love Boat." Her last work was as a voice actress for the animated television movie Good King Wenceslas (1994).

Fontaine's work as Lina, a woman who's convinced her husband may be a murderer, in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was also nominated for the title role in Hitchcock's Rebecca in 1940 and again in 1943 for The Constant Nymph. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work on the soap opera, "Ryan's Hope."

Joan Fontaine