Joan Fontaine: A Life in Film and Television

I want to start doing more of these types of tributes since I enjoyed putting the Peter O’Toole one together and ended up discovering some of his past works that I was not familiar with.

Looking at Ms. Fontaine’s filmography 
it’s a little shorter but still just as fascinating 
in that her prime was before I was born and 
for someone who prides themselves on being educated in 
the history of film this has been a most educational compilation.


1935
 No More Ladies
Caroline ‘Carrie’ Rumsey
Credited as Joan Burfield
1937
A Million to One
Joan Stevens
Quality Street
Charlotte Parratt
(uncredited)
The Man Who Found Himself
Nurse Doris King
You Can’t Beat Love
Trudy Olson
Music for Madame
Jean Clemons

A Damsel in Distress
Lady Alyce Marshmorton


1938

Maid’s Night Out
Sheila Harrison

Blond Cheat
Juliette ‘Julie’ Evans

Sky Giant
Meg Lawrence
The Duke of West Point
 Ann Porter


1939
Gunga Din
Emmy

Man of Conquest
Eliza Allen
The Woman
Mrs. John Day (Peggy)

 

1940 
Rebecca
The second Mrs. de Winter

New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd Place)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1941
Suspicion
Lina

Academy Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress
1942
This Above All
Prudence Cathaway
1943
The Constant Nymph
Tessa Sanger

Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre (as an adult)

1944
Frenchman’s Creek
Dona St. Columb

1945
The Affairs of Susan
Susan Darell

1946
From This Day Forward
Susan Cummings
1947
Ivy
Ivy

1948

Letter from an Unknown Woman
Lisa Berndie
The Emperor Waltz
Countess Johanna Augusta Franziska
You Gotta Stay Happy
Dee Dee Dilwood
Kiss the Blood Off My Hand
Jane Wharton
1950
September Affair
Marianne ‘Manina’ Stuart
Born to Be Bad
Christabel Caine Carey
1951
Darling, How Could You!
Alice Grey
1952
Something to Live For
Jenny Carey
Othello
Page
 (uncredited)

Ivanhoe
Rowena
1953
Decameron Nights
Flametta/Bartolomea/Ginevra/Isabella
Flight to Tangier
Susan Lane
The Bigamist
Eve Graham

Four Star Playhouse (Television)
Episode: “Trudy”
Episode: “The Girl on the Park Bench”
Trudy


Tea and Sympathy (Broadway)
Laura Reynolds

1954 
Casanova’s Big Night (AKA: Mr. Casanova)
Francesca Bruni
1956
Serenade
Kendall Hale
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Susan Spencer
The Ford Television Theater (Television)
Episode: “Your Other Love”
Julie




The 20th Century Fox Hour (Television)
Episode: “Stranger In the Night”
Lynne Abbott



The Joseph Cotton Show (Television)
Episode: Fatal Charm
Episode: “The De Santre Story”
Adrienne



General Electric Theater (Television)
Episode: “A Possibility of Oil”
Linda Stacey
Episode: “The Story of Judith”
Judith
Episode: “At Miss Minner’s”
Laurel Chapman
Episode: “The Victorian Chaise Lounge”
Melanie Langdon
Episode: “In Summer Promise”
Countess Irene Forell


1957

Island in the Sun
Mavis Norman
Until They Sail
Annelise
1958
A Certain Smile
Francoise Ferrand
1959

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (Television)
Episode: “Perilous”
Margaret Lewis
1960
Startime (Television)
Episode: “Closed Set”
Julie Forbes
Alcoa Presents: On Step Beyond (Television)
Episode: “The Visitor”
Ellen Grayson
1961
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
The Light That Failed (TV Movie)
Hostess
Checkmate (Television)
Episode: “Voyage Into Fear”
Karen Lawson
1962
Tender is the Night
The Dick Powell Show (Television)
Episode: “The Clocks”
Valerie Baumer

1963

Wagon Train (Television)
Episode: “The Naomi Kaylor Story”
Naomi Kaylor
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (Television)
Episode: “The Paragon”
Alice Pemberton
1965
The Bing Crosby Show (Television)
Episode: Operation Man Save”
Mrs. Taylor
1966
The Witches (AKA: The Devil’s Own)
1968 – 1970
Forty Carats (Broadway)
Ann Stanley
1975

Cannon (Television)
Episode: “The Star”
Thelma Cain



1978

The Users (Television)
Grace St. George
1980
Ryan’s Hope (Television)
5 Episodes
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding 
Guest/Cameo Appearance in a Daytime Drama Series

1981

The Love Boat (Television)
Episode: “Chef’s Special/Beginning Anew/Kleinschmidt”
Jennifer Langley



1983

Bare Essence (Television)
Episode: “Hour Four”
Episode: “Hour Five”

Laura



1986

Hotel (Television)
Episode: “Harassed”
Ruth Easton



Dark Mansions (TV Film)
Margaret Drake


1994
Good King Wenceslas (TV Film)
Queen Ludmilla
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