Happy Birthday, “Unknown” Joan

16 Dec

I’m reposting this piece from October in tribute to Ms. Fontaine, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 96…

Confessions of a Movie Queen

I’m reposting this piece from October in tribute to Ms. Fontaine, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 96…

 

Okay, today is Tuesday, October 22. If I’ve timed this just right, it’s Joan Fontaine’s 96th birthday.  Hopefully, she’s still alive. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. See, I began writing this piece on Monday, July 8, and my goal is to take as long as I need to write it, my way, and present it on her b’day. Hopefully, she’s  still with us. 96, can you believe that?

Fontaine’s parents were English though she was actually born in Japan and lived there for a number of years before settling down, with her mum and older sister, in California. Her sis, btw, is no less than renowned actress Olivia de Havilland, a two-time Best Actress Oscar winner (To Each His Own, 1946; The Heiress

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