1942 Best Actress Oscar Joan Fontaine, Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (born 22 October 1917), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, is an Anglo-American actress. Born in Japan to British parents, de Havilland and her older sister Olivia de Havilland moved to California in 1919. Fontaine began her career on the stage in 1935 and signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year.
In 1941, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The following year, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Hitchcock’s Suspicion (1941) making Fontaine the only actress to ever win an Academy Award in a film directed by Hitchcock. Fontaine and sister de Havilland are the only siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards. During the 1940s to the 1990s, Fontaine continued her career in roles on the stage and in radio, television and film. She released her autobiography, No Bed of Roses, in 1978. After a career spanning over 50 years, Fontaine made her last on-screen appearance in 1994.
Fontaine currently lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California where she owns a home, Villa Fontana. Fontaine, along with sister Olivia de Havilland, Luise Rainer, Maureen O’Hara, Marsha Hunt, Jane Withers, Mary Carlisle, Joan Leslie, Marta Eggerth, Lupita Tovar, Michèle Morgan, Danielle Darrieux, Movita, Nova Pilbeam and Shirley Temple, are the last of the great female film stars from the 1930s.