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Joan Fontaine

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Fast Facts

  • Made her screen debut in 1935's No More Ladies billed as Joan Burfield; has also used the name Joan St
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  • 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


  • 1943Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1941Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1941National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner
  • 1941New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1940Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1940National Board of Review-Best Acting: winner