Joan Fontaine, 1917-2013

Joan Fontaine has died at the age of 96. I remember her most for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca, as the young bride tormented by a sense of inadequacy compared to her husband’s first wife, whose memory is jealously preserved by one of film’s classic villains, the malevolent housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, played to perfection by Judith Anderson.

Here’s the trailer.

And of course, you don’t want to miss That Mitchell and Webb Look’s prequel to that film.

You can see the full film Rebecca online.


  1. mnb0 says

    I just learned that Joan Fontain was the younger sister of Olivia de Havilland. According to ImdB they didn’t get along very well.

  2. colnago80 says

    She actually won an Academy Award for her performance in another Hitchcock film, Suspicion, co-starring with Cary Grant.

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