Joan Fontaine Biography (1917-)

Real name, Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland; born October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan; immigrated to the United States, c. 1919; naturalized citizen of the United States, 1943; daughter of Walter (an attorney) and Lillian (maiden name,Ruse; an actress) de Havilland; sister of Olivia de Havilland (an actress); married Brian Aherne (an actor), August 20, 1939 (divorced, June, 1944); married William Dozier, May 2, 1946 (divorced, 1951); married Collier Young, November, 1952 (divorced, 1961); married Alfred Wright, Jr., 1964 (divorced, 1969); children: (second marriage) Deborah Leslie. Avocational interests: Amateur piloting. Career: Actress. Appeared in the stage in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco, CA. Began her career in film using the names Joan Burfield and Joan St. John. Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best actress, 1940, for Rebecca; Academy Award, best actress,1941, for Suspicion; Academy Award nomination, best actress, 1943, for The Constant Nymph; Golden Apple Award, Hollywood Women's Press Club, Star of the Year, 1947. Addresses: Agent: The Gage Group, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 515, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

The surname "Fontaine" was taken from Jean's stepfather, George M. Fontaine,whom her mother married shortly after divorcing Walter de Havilland. Jean andsister Olivia, both fond of the department store owner, introduced the two.

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October 22, 1917
Tokyo, Japan

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