Day 6: Joan Fontaine
Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s tribute to Charlton Heston. If you haven’t had the chance to read those contributions, please do!
For the next 24 hours, we honor a living Hollywood legend: Ms. Joan Fontaine.
Fun trivia on Joan Fontaine:
- Fontaine’s film debut was under the name Joan Burfield, and was in the movie No More Ladies (1935). She later took her stepfather’s last name. (Biography.com)
- The favorite leading man of Fontaine was Charles Boyer. The two of them starred together in The Constant Nymph (1943) (People.com)
- Joan Fontaine and her sister Olivia de Havilland are the first sisters to win Academy Awards and the first to be nominated in the same year. (IMDb)
On to the blogging:
Giles from Sometimes They Go to Eleven returns to the Blogathon with a review of The Bigamist
Cliff from Immortal Ephemera is back with a biography, review of her memoir No Bed of Roses, and a preview of her TCM lineup today. He also has written an excellent review of The Constant Nymph, one of Fontaine’s personal favorites.
2012 Blogathon alum Le from Critica Retro joins us this year with her look at the wonderful Letter From an Unknown Woman
2012 Blogathon alum Sean from The Joy and Angoy of Movies joins us with his look at Fontaine’s performance in The Bigamist and Letter From an Unknown Woman.
We are thrilled to have our good friends over at the site True Classics join us again this year for the Blogathon. For
their 500th post, Brandie writes an essay on Fontaine’s performance in Letter From an Unknown Woman
Terry from A Shroud of Thoughts makes his Blogathon debut with The 2nd Mrs. DeWinter: Joan Fontaine in Rebecca (1940)
2012 Blogathon Alum Jessica from Jess in a Yellow Dress makes her 2013 debut with a piece on one of her favorite Fontaine performances.
Over at The Moviola, Diana looks at Joan Fontaine: Hitchcock’s First Leading Lady in Hollywood.
Clara from Just Chick Flicks gives us a great overview of some of Fontaine’s best performances
And Lara from Backlots joins in with a look Fontaine’s personal life, focusing on the complicated relationship she had with her mother Lillian.
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Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.