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Joan Fontaine, star of “Rebecca” and “Suspicion” dies aged 96

Joan Fontaine, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1940s and 50s, has died in her sleep in Carmel, California. She was 96. She became a star via Alfred Hitchcock, the British director using her for his first American film, “Rebecca” alongside Laurence Olivier. In all she made 30 films, winning an Oscar for Hitchcock’s “Suspicion” with Cary Grant.

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
1944Academy AwardActorThe Constant NymphNominated
1942Academy AwardActressSuspicionWinner
1941Academy AwardActressRebeccaNominated