- Made her screen debut in 1935's No More Ladies billed as Joan Burfield; has also used the name Joan St. John.
- She and Olivia de Havilland were the first sisters to win Oscars and the first ones to be Oscar-nominated in the same year, 1941 (Joan won for Suspicion and Olivia was nominated for Hold Back the Dawn).
- Costarred with her mother in Ivy (1947) and The Bigamist (1953).
- Autobiography No Bed of Roses was published in 1978.
- Was vice-president of the Episcopal Actors' Guild of America.
- Had a hole-in-one at both California's Cypress Point and Carmel Valley Golf Clubs.
- Was a licensed interior decorator and a licensed pilot.
- Was a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.
- 1940, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1943, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Lillian Fontaine — Mother
- Olivia de Havilland — Sister
- Deborah Dozier — Daughter
- William Dozier — Ex-husband
- Brian Aherne — Ex-husband
- Alfred Wright Jr. — Ex-husband
- George M. Fontaine — Stepfather
- Collier Young — Ex-husband
- Martita Pareja Calderon — Daughter
- Walter Augustus de Havilland — Father
- Birth Name: Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
- Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
- Died: December 15, 2013
- Profession: Actor
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