Joan Fontaine: October 22, 1917 - December 15, 2013.
Oscar winning actress Joan Fontaine has died aged 96.
The Hollywood icon, who maintained a bitter rivalry with her sister and fellow actress Olivia de Havilland, passed away from natural causes in her sleep at her home in California on Sunday.
Joan won an Academy Award in 1941 for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion, beating a host of other actresses including her older sister Olivia to the prestigious honour.
She starred alongside Cary Grant in the Oscar winning role while De Havilland had been nominated for To Each His Own.
Fontaine was married four times, to Brian Aherne, William Dozier – the father of her daughter Deborah - Collier Young and finally Sports Illustrated golf editor Alfred Wright, Jr.
She and Wright divorced in 1969.
In her memoirs, Fontaine maintained she repeatedly turned down marriage proposals from multimillionaire Howard Hughes as well as offers to be the mistress of Joseph Kennedy and other political figures.
In later years, she avidly tended her gardens and doted on her dogs, who numbered as many as five and were taken in from animal rescue agencies.
Fontaine was also known for being exceptionally gracious to fans, answering correspondence and indulging autograph requests until shortly before her death.
Joan is survived by her sister, daughter Deborah and adopted daughter Martita.
She previously admitted to falling out with both of her children and it is not clear if they had reconciled at the time of her death.
Susan and God (1940)
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