Joan Fontaine

1917 - 2013

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Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was an English-American actress who is best known for her starring roles in Hollywood films during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Fontaine appeared in more than 45 films in a career that spanned five decades. She was the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joan Fontaine has received more than 7,028,504 page views. Her biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Joan Fontaine is the 383rd most popular actor (down from 241st in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Japan (down from 54th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Japanese Actor.

Joan Fontaine is most famous for her Academy Award-winning performance in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" (1941) and her Academy Award-nominated performance in "Rebecca" (1940).

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  • 5.68

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Among actors, Joan Fontaine ranks 383 out of 13,578Before her are Lana Turner, Bela Lugosi, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Giancarlo Giannini, George Kennedy, and Burgess Meredith. After her are Ray Liotta, Douglas Fairbanks, Bradley Cooper, Jack Palance, Anne Bancroft, and Chow Yun-fat.

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Among people born in 1917, Joan Fontaine ranks 21Before her are Christian de Duve, Sidney Sheldon, Joan Clarke, Kenan Evren, James Rainwater, and Otto Günsche. After her are Jean-Pierre Melville, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Robert Mitchum, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Óscar Romero, and Bourvil. Among people deceased in 2013, Joan Fontaine ranks 31Before her are Christian de Duve, François Jacob, Ronald Coase, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Sung Jae-gi, and Bert Trautmann. After her are Richard Griffiths, Robert Edwards, Ieng Sary, Jack Vance, Rochus Misch, and Ray Manzarek.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Joan Fontaine ranks 103 out of 6,245Before her are Naoto Kan (1946), Akira Suzuki (1930), Paulo Miki (1564), Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), Empress Meishō (1624), and Sugawara no Michizane (845). After her are Kunishige Kamamoto (1944), Hiroto Muraoka (1931), Sei Shōnagon (966), Okita Sōji (1842), Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), and Kenji Mizoguchi (1898).

Among ACTORS In Japan

Among actors born in Japan, Joan Fontaine ranks 5Before her are Olivia de Havilland (1916), Liv Ullmann (1938), Mako (1933), and Sonny Chiba (1939). After her are Ken Watanabe (1959), Takashi Shimura (1905), Setsuko Hara (1920), Hiroyuki Sanada (1960), Tatsuya Nakadai (1932), Sessue Hayakawa (1886), and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (1950).

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