Joan Fontaine Movies List

Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Tokyo, Japan
No More Ladies

Actor Joan Fontaine Filmography

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The Witches
The Witches ( English )
Artist: Joan Fontaine , Kay Walsh , Alec McCowen , Ann Bell , Ingrid Boulting
Director: Cyril Frankel
Music Director: Richard Rodney Bennett
Release date: 21-11-1966
Tender Is the Night
Tender Is the Night ( English )
Artist: Jennifer Jones , Jason Robards , Joan Fontaine , Tom Ewell
Director: Henry King
Release date: 19-01-1962
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Artist: Walter Pidgeon , Joan Fontaine , Barbara Eden , Peter Lorre , Robert Sterling
Director: Irwin Allen
Music Director: Paul Sawtell , Bert Shefter
Release date: 12-07-1961
A Certain Smile
A Certain Smile ( English )
Director: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 31-07-1958
South Pacific
South Pacific ( English )
Artist: Rossano Brazzi , Mitzi Gaynor , John Kerr , Ray Walston , Juanita Hall
Director: Joshua Logan , Ben Kadish
Music Director:
Release date: 19-03-1958
Until They Sail
Until They Sail ( English )
Artist: Jean Simmons , Joan Fontaine , Paul Newman , Piper Laurie , Sandra Dee
Director: Robert Wise , Ridgeway Callow , Hank Moonjean
Music Director: David Raksin
Release date: 08-10-1957
Island in the Sun
Island in the Sun ( English )
Director: Robert Rossen , Maggie Unsworth
Music Director: Malcolm Arnold
Release date: 12-06-1957
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Director: Fritz Lang
Music Director: Herschel Burke Gilbert
Release date: 05-09-1956
Serenade ( English )
Artist: Mario Lanza , Joan Fontaine , Sara Montiel , Vincent Price , Vince Edwards
Director: Anthony Mann
Release date: 23-03-1956
Casanova's Big Night
Casanova's Big Night ( English )
Artist: Bob Hope , Joan Fontaine , Audrey Dalton , Basil Rathbone , John Carradine
Director: Raymond Burr
Release date: 07-04-1954
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Joan Fontaine Biography

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health. Mrs. de Havilland and the two girls settled in Saratoga while their father went back to his practice in Japan. Joan's parents did not get along well and divorced soon afterward. Mrs. de Havilland had a desire to be an actress but her dreams were curtailed when she married, but now she hoped to pass on her dream to Olivia and Joan. While Olivia pursued a stage career, Joan went back to Tokyo, where she attended the American School. In 1934 she came back to California, where her sister was already making a name for herself on the stage. Joan likewise joined a theater group in San Jose and then Los Angeles to try her luck there. After moving to L.A., Joan adopted the name of Joan Burfield because she didn't want to infringe upon Olivia, who was using the family surname. She tested at MGM and gained a small role in No More Ladies (1935), but she was scarcely noticed and Joan was idle for a year and a half. During this time she roomed with Olivia, who was having much more success in films. In 1937, this time calling herself Joan Fontaine, she landed a better role as Trudy Olson in You Can't Beat Love (1937) and then an uncredited part in Quality Street (1937). Although the next two years saw her in better roles, she still yearned for something better. In 1940 she garnered her first Academy Award nomination for Rebecca (1940). Although she thought she should have won, (she lost out to Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940)), she was now an established member of the Hollywood set. She would again be Oscar-nominated for her role as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth in Suspicion (1941), and this time she won. Joan was making one film a year but choosing her roles well. In 1942 she starred in the well-received This Above All (1942). The following year she appeared in The Constant Nymph (1943). Once again she was nominated for the Oscar, she lost out to Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (1943). By now it was safe to say she was more famous than her older sister and more fine films followed. In 1948, she accepted second billing to Bing Crosby in The Emperor Waltz (1948). Joan took the year of 1949 off before coming back in 1950 with September Affair (1950) and Born to Be Bad (1950). In 1951 she starred in Paramount's Darling, How Could You! (1951), which turned out badly for both her and the studio and more weak productions followed. Absent from the big screen for a while, she took parts in television and dinner theaters. She also starred in many well-produced Broadway plays such as Forty Carats and The Lion in Winter. Her last appearance on the big screen was The Witches (1966) and her final appearance before the cameras was Good King Wenceslas (1994). She is, without a doubt, a lasting movie icon.

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