Lunch Break Video: Clips from a compelling 1979 interview with Joan Fontaine who is 96 today
While her older sister Olivia de Havilland still makes an occasional public appearance, Joan Fontaine is reclusive and most likely celebrating her 96th birthday today in a low-profile way.
It’s not likely that the best actress Oscar winner for Suspicion will be getting a call or a card from her Gone With the Wind star sister.
The two film legends, who had a prickly relationship during the best of times, have not spoken in almost 40 years.
In this fascinating 1979 interview, Miss Fontaine talks about having no memory of her sister displaying any act of kindness towards her as a child. She made things worse by following her sister into the movie business and becoming a huge star in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.
Then she had the nerve to not only win the Oscar first, but also to beat a field that included her sister, Bette Davis, Greer Garson and Barbara Stanwyck.