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Joan Fontaine dead at 96;Oscar-winning actress starred in 'Rebecca,' 'Suspicion'

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Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine died at the age of 96 on Dec. 15, 2013. According to a CNN report published on Dec. 16, 2013, Fontaine's longtime friend Noel Beutel announced that Fontaine passed away "very peacefully" of natural causes at her home in Carmel, Calif.

Throughout her esteemed career, Fontaine was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress three times: for 1940's "Rebecca," 1941's "Suspicion" and 1943's "The Constant Nymph." She won the Oscar for "Suspicion."

Fontaine famously feuded with her actress sister Olivia de Havilland, who is a year older than Fontaine and still alive. As for Oscar nominations and wins, de Havilland has five nominations and two wins. In 1942, the sisters were both nominated for Best Actress: Olivia de Havilland was nominated for "Hold Back the Dawn," while Fontaine was nominated and won for "Suspicion. In later years, de Havilland won the Best Actress Oscar for 1946's "To Each His Own" and 1949's "The Heiress."

Fontaine's last role on screen was in the 1994 TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas."

According to CNN: "Fontaine married four times: to Brian Aherne in 1939, William Dozier in 1946, Collier Young in 1952 and Alfred Wright, Jr. in 1964. While three of the marriages lasted less than five years, the marriage to Young lasted nine years. She had a daughter with Dozier and adopted a girl while married to Young."


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