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Turner Classic Movies will pay a special tribute to leading lady Joan Fontaine with seven of the actress' films on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Fontaine died on December 15, 2013, at the age of 96. She was a major star in the 1940s and earned three Oscar nominations for Best Actress, including a win for her performance in "Suspicion" (1941), but she was equally famous among classic movie fans for her long-running rivalry with sister and fellow star Olivia de Havilland. Here is the schedule of Fontaine films lined up for TCM's memorial tribute.

The lineup begins early at 6:30 am Eastern with "Blond Cheat" (1938), starring Fontaine, Derrick DeMarney, and Cecil Cunningham. At 7:45 am, Fontaine appears in a relatively small role in the much-lauded ensemble drama, "The Women" (1939), which also features Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Rosalind Russell. TCM rounds out the morning hours with director Nicholas Ray's "Born to Be Bad" (1950) at 10:15 am; Fontaine stars with Robert Ryan and Zachary Scott.

At noon, Fontaine plays Rowena, the counter-heroine to Elizabeth Taylor's Rebecca, in Sir Walter Scott's chivalric classic, "Ivanhoe" (1952). She then stars in "The Constant Nymph" (1943) with Charles Boyer at 2 pm. At 4 pm, Fontaine appears in her Oscar-winning role opposite Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" (1941).

TCM closes its tribute with Fontaine's most famous role as the nameless heroine of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940). Laurence Olivier and George Sanders also star in this big screen adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's chilling Gothic novel, in which a young bride finds her husband and her new home still in the sinister grip of her dead predecessor.

TCM will also honor Peter O'Toole with a special schedule of films later in the day on Sunday, December 29, 2013. Other highlights of the December programming include Fred Astaire films on Wednesdays and holiday classics throughout the month. Visit the official TCM website for more information.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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