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At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

2013 saw the sad passings of numerous titans of the entertainment industry, including "Bathing Beauty" star Esther Williams, "All in the Family" matriarch Jean Stapleton, "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine and "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Peter O'Toole.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Olivia de Havilland shocked, saddened by sister Joan Fontaine's death

Olivia de Havilland shocked, saddened by sister Joan Fontaine's death

Dec. 17 (UPI) -- They were bitter rivals, and rarely spoke, but Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland were sisters.
Gabrielle Levy
Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning Hitchcock blonde, dies at 96

Joan Fontaine, Oscar-winning Hitchcock blonde, dies at 96

Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Joan Fontaine, the actress who became a star playing troubled wives in early Hitchcock films, has died at the age of 96.
Gabrielle Levy
Joan Fontaine of 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion' fame, dead at 96

Joan Fontaine of 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion' fame, dead at 96

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine died of natural causes Sunday at her home in Carmel, Calif., her assistant said. She was 96.
Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Actress Eleanor Parker has died of complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs, Calif., the Hollywood Reporter said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Montalvo Arts Center to be refurbished

SARATOGA, Calif., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Joan Fontaine is financing the refurbishment of her mother's namesake Lilian Fontaine Garden Theatre in Saratoga, Calif.
Smith: My mom wanted me to be in 'Women'

Smith: My mom wanted me to be in 'Women'

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Jada Pinkett Smith says her mother was thrilled to hear she was planning to co-star in a remake of the 1939 film classic "The Women."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2005 with 70 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Oct. 17-23, 2005.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2004 with 70 to follow.
By United Press International

'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' remake

LOS ANGELES, June 25 (UPI) -- Plans are under way in Hollywood for a remake of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," Daily Variety said Friday.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2003 with 70 to follow.
By United Press International
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Joan Fontaine
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Joan Fontaine (born October 22, 1917) is a British American actress. Along with her older sister Olivia de Havilland, Luise Rainer, Maureen O'Hara, Gloria Stuart, Ann Rutherford, and Deanna Durbin, Fontaine is one of the last surviving leading lady stars from Hollywood of the 1930s. Fontaine is the only thespian to have won an Academy Award for a performance in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

She was born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo, Japan, the younger daughter of Walter Augustus de Havilland (1872–1968), a British patent attorney with a practice in Japan, and Lilian Augusta Ruse (1886–1975), a British actress known by her stage name of Lillian Fontaine. Her parents married in 1914, and were divorced in 1919.

Joan Fontaine is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland (b. 1916), from whom she has been estranged for many decades, not speaking at all since 1975. Her paternal cousin is Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, designer of the famous de Havilland Mosquito airplane. Joan Fontaine became an American citizen in April 1943. Reportedly a sickly child who developed anemia following a combined attack of the measles and a streptococcic infection, her mother moved her and her sister to the United States upon the advice of a physician. The family settled in Saratoga, California and Joan's health improved dramatically. She was soon taking diction lessons alongside her elder sister. She attended Los Gatos High School. When she was fifteen years old, Joan returned to Japan and lived there with her father for two years.

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