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Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine


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Born: October 22, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Dark Mansions (1986) as Margaret Drake
Contemporary gothic drama about a young woman (Linda Purl) hired to write the family history of a shipbuilding dynasty and finding supernatural forces at work when she moves into the clan's compound on a lonely, windswept bluff near Seattle. Initially, Loretta Young had been coaxed out of retirement
Users, The (1978) as Grace St George
A small-town girl with a dark past falls in love with a fading screen star and masterminds his spectacular professional and personal comeback. Screen veteran Joan Fontaine made her TV-movie debut here as a Hollywood socialite.
The Witches (1967)
This Dino De Laurentiis production from 1965 is actually an anthology of five different directors'' work, each telling their own stories about witches. The five stories are "The Witch Burned Alive," "Civic Sense," "The Earth As Seen From The Moon," "The Girl From Sicily," and "A Night Like Any Other."
The Devil's Own (1966) as Gwen Mayfield
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
Tender Is the Night (1962) as Baby Warren
A psychiatrist marries a wealthy patient and succumbs to the lure of easy living.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) as Dr. Susan Hiller
The captain of a nuclear submarine defies his commanders to save the Earth from a deadly space fire.
A Certain Smile (1958) as Francoise Ferrand
Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair...
Until They Sail (1957) as Anne Leslie
Four sisters in New Zealand fall for Allied sailors en route to World War II.
Island in the Sun (1957) as Mavis Norman
Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule. It focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself confused on returning home when his romantic liaison with a white female tends to conflict with his political views. As rumor has it an interracial screen kiss caused quite a commotion in the U.S. when the film was released. The plot is further strengthened by a look at the lives of a white ex-pat family also living on the island. The family has to deal with problems of infidelity, racism and murder.
Serenade (1956) as Kendall Hale
A rising opera star is torn between his wealthy benefactor and a poor innocent.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) as Susan Spencer
A novelist frames himself for murder to prove the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.
Casanova's Big Night (1954) as Francesca Bruni
A tailor''''s apprentice fills in for the famed Italian lover.
Flight to Tangier (1953) as Susan Lane
At the Tangier airport, a group of people await the arrival of a mysterious plane from behind the Iron Curtain. The reception committee includes Susan, an American; Gil Walker, a free-booting pilot; Danzer, a black market operator; and Danzer's girlfriend, Nicki. The plane crashes and burns. No survivors are found, nor are any corpses. Soon the search begins for a missing courier worth $3 million.
Decameron Nights (1953) as Fiametta/Bartolomea/Ginerva/Isabella [de Marco]
The Bigamist (1953) as Eve Graham
A woman discovers her husband has another family in another city.
Ivanhoe (1952) as Rowena
Sir Walter Scott's classic tale of the noble knight torn between his fair lady and a beautiful Jew.
Othello (1952) as Page boy
Russian film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
Othello (1952) as (Uncredited) Page
The legendary Moor of Venice battles his growing suspicions that his wife is unfaithful.
Something to Live For (1952) as Jenny Carey
Darling, How Could You! (1951) as Alice Grey
Based on James Barrie's play "Alice Sit-By-The-Fire". In turn-of-the-century New York, a young girl who believes she's learned "the seamy side of life" from a risque play takes it upon herself to rescue her estranged mother from what appears to be a steamy love affair.
September Affair (1951) as Manina Stuart
An industrialist (Joseph Cotton) and a pianist (Joan Fontaine) meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this artificial arrangement leads to greater and greater stress. Eventually the situation collapses when they come to pursue their original, individual interests without choosing a common path.
Born to Be Bad (1950) as Christabel [Caine Carey]
An ambitious girl steals a rich husband but keeps her lover on the side.
You Gotta Stay Happy (1949) as [Diana] Dee Dee Dillwood [Benson, also known as Dottie Blucher]
Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just wants to sleep. Somehow, she persuades him to take her to California. Her fellow passengers include a chimpanzee, a corpse (in a coffin), an absconding embezzler, and two smoochy newlyweds. Can love be far behind?
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) as Lisa Berndle
A woman's lifelong love for a callous concert pianist leads to tragedy.
The Emperor Waltz (1948) as Countess [Johanna Augusta Franziska] von Stoltzenberg-Stolzenberg
Traveling Salesman Virgil Smith wants to sell his Grammophones in pre-WWI Austria. To enhance this, he especially wants to sell one to Emperor Franz Joseph, but at first the Austrian palace guards think he is carrying a bomb. He meets the Countess Johanna von Stolzenberg-Stolzenberg and after the usual misunderstandings, falls in love with her, this is especially assisted by his dog Buttons. But the relation between a Countess and an ordinary U.S. citizen cannot work in Austria, that is the Emperor's opinion. Is he wrong?
Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) as Jane Wharton
Bill Saunders, disturbed ex-soldier, kills a man in a postwar London pub brawl. Fleeing, he hides out in the apartment of lonely nurse Jane Wharton. Later, despite misgivings about his violent nature, Jane becomes involved with Bill, who resolves to reform. She gets him a job driving a medical supplies truck. But racketeer Harry Carter, who witnessed the killing, wants to use Bill's talents for crime.
Ivy (1947) as Ivy [Lexton]
To win a wealthy man, a British woman plots to kill her husband and pin it on her lover.
From This Day Forward (1946) as Susan [Cummings]
In flashbacks, the 1938 courtship and marriage of young machinist Bill Cummings and bookstore clerk Susan are recalled: newlywed bliss, unemployment and other tribulations, opportunity with a hidden drawback, war and separation. Now out of the army, Bill job-hunts and worries about the future...
The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Susan Darell
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive country girl who reluctantly becomes an actress, another paints a picture of a gay party girl and and the third describes a serious intellectual. Which one is the real Susan?
Frenchman's Creek (1944) as Dona St. Columb
A British noblewoman flees the life of the court to run off with a French pirate.
Jane Eyre (1944) as Jane [Eyre]
A governess at a remote estate falls in love with her brooding employer.
The Constant Nymph (1943) as Tessa Sanger
A composer finds inspiration in his wife's romantic cousin.
This Above All (1942) as Prudence Cathaway
A woman defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.
Suspicion (1941) as Lina [McLaidlaw]
A wealthy wallflower suspects her penniless playboy husband of murder.
Rebecca (1940) as Mrs. de Winter
A young bride is terrorized by the memories of her husband's glamorous first wife.
The Women (1939) as Mrs. John Day, Peggy
A happily married woman lets her catty friends talk her into divorce when her husband strays.
Man of Conquest (1939) as Eliza Allen
Gunga Din (1939) as Emmy [Stebbins]
Three British soldiers seek treasure during an uprising in India.
Sky Giant (1938) as Meg Lawrence
A young flyer fights to win his father''''s respect while vying with dad''''s best friend for a young woman''''s heart.
Maid's Night Out (1938) as Sheila Harrison
A wealthy boy masquerading as a milkman falls for an heiress he thinks is a maid.
Blond Cheat (1938) as Julie Evans
A millionaire backs his daughter''''s stage career to keep her from marrying the wrong man.
The Duke of West Point (1938) as Ann Porter
You Can't Beat Love (1937) as Trudy Olson
An eccentric playboy tries politics only to get mixed up with the mayor''''s daughter.
A Million to One (1937) as Joan Stevens
John Kent (Monte Blue) wins the Olympic decathlon but is disqualified on a charge of professionalism. William Stevens (Kenneth Harlan), the second-place finisher, is awarded the title and trophies. Six years later Kent is running a moving truck for a living and training his young son Johnny (Joe O'Brien)to become an athlete. Chance brings about a meeting between Ken and Stevens, now a prosperous business man, with a little daughter, Joan (Joy Healey), who makes friends with young Johnny. As the years pass, the grown-up Johnny (Herman Brix)has developed to where he stands a chance of becoming an Olympic athlete and is in love with Joan (Joan Fontaine.) Mr. Stevens also wants to see Johnny succeed, and is annoyed that his attention to Joan may interfere with his training. Rich girl Patricia Stanley (Suzanne Kaaren)is also interested in Johnny, a proceeding which suits wealthy young athlete Duke Hale (Reed Howes), who is Johnny's main rival in sports and for Joan. Stevens, in an effort to repay the elder Kent for the wrong done him in stripping him of his rightful Olympic title, makes Johnny a member of the athletic club that sponsors the preliminary track-and-field events leading to the choosing of the American team for the Olympic Games. Johnny wins first place in the initial trials and is carried away by the flattery of the social set, which leads to a quarrel and separation from his father. At a party given by Patricia, Johnny drinks heavily, and Joan, feeling she is partly to blame for Johnny breaking his training, tells him she is through if him, hoping to bring him to his senses.
The Man Who Found Himself (1937) as Doris King
A determined nurse puts a cocky surgeon back on track.
A Damsel in Distress (1937) as Lady Alyce [Marshmorton]
An American dancer on vacation in England falls for a sheltered noblewoman.
Music for Madame (1937) as Jean [Clemens]
An opera star trying to make it big in Hollywood gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
Quality Street (1937) as Charlotte Parratt
A woman masquerades as her own niece to get back at a neglectful suitor.
No More Ladies (1935) as Caroline
A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Cast (special)

Nutcracker, The (1985) as Host
Taped at a live performance at London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Royal Ballet performs the perenially popular ballet about the toymaker and his Nutcracker doll.
Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1961) as Interviewee
Film clips, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage reveal the genius of producer David O. Selznick.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Good King Wenceslas (1994) as Queen Ludmilla

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Crossings (1986) as Alexandra Markham
A three-part, six-hour miniseries which tells the story of a passionate affair between a steel magnate and a French Ambassador's wife, and the effects of their love on them and their families during the turbulent years of World War II. This adaptation of Danielle Steel's novel begins in 1939 on a tr

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