Monday, December 16, 2013

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine dies aged 96

Joan Fontaine: Star of silver screen has died

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine has died aged 96.
Among Fontaine's most memorable films was the Alfred Hitchcock picture "Suspicion," co-starring Cary Grant, for which she won an Academy Award in 1942.
She is the only actor to win an Oscar for a starring role in one of Hitchcock's movies.
Fontaine's career was marked by a long-running rivalry with her sister Olivia de Havilland.
The Hollywood Reporter said Fontaine's death from natural causes at her home in Califordnia, was confirmed by the star's assistant, Susan Pfeiffer.

The honour gave Fontaine the distinction of being the only performer, actor or actress, ever to win an Academy Award for a starring role in one of Hitchcock's many movies.
De Havilland, who was nominated that year for "Hold Back the Dawn," went on to win two Oscars of her own for leading roles in the 1946 film "To Each His Own" and the 1949 picture "The Heiress."
Fontaine also earned Oscar nominations for her star turns in Hitchcock's 1940 thriller "Rebecca," co-starring Laurence Olivier, and the 1943 romantic drama "The Constant Nymph," opposite Charles Boyer.
Fontaine appeared mousy and innocent in her early movies but later carefully selected her roles and went on to play worldly, sophisticated women.

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