“You know, I’ve had a helluva life. Not just the acting part. I’ve flown in an international balloon race. I’ve piloted my own plane. I’ve ridden to the hounds. I’ve done a lot of exciting things.” – Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Etherial, beautiful, strong…
And a wonderful voice…
LUX RADIO THEATER presentation of “SUSPICION” – May 4, 1942
Old Gold Comedy Theater presentation of “The Major And The Minor” – April 1, 1945
General Electric Theater presentation of “The Enchanted Cottage” – September 24, 1953
“Rebecca” stands or falls on the ability of the book’s “I” to escape caricature. She was humiliatingly, embarrassingly, mortifyingly shy, a bit on the dowdy side, socially unaccomplished, a little dull; sweet, of course, and very much in love with—and in awe of—the lord of the manor who took her for his second lady. Miss du Maurier never really convinced me any one could behave quite as the second Mrs. de Winter behaved and still be sweet, modest, attractive and alive. But Miss Fontaine does it—and does it not simply with her eyes, her mouth, her hands and her words, but with her spine. Possibly it’s unethical to criticize performance anatomically. Still we insist Miss Fontaine has the most expressive spine—and shoulders!—we’ve bothered to notice this season. – Frank S. Nugent, March 29, 1940, New York Times
Reblogged this on the last drive in and commented:
Wonderful Tribute to Joan Fontaine by Once upon a screen
Lovely post. It’s been such a hard year for Hollywood with so many lost to time, so posts like this should get some readers tracking down more of Joan’s excellent work. I do wish it were under cheerier circumstances, though…
What an amazing collection of pictures! And thanks for radio links.
Pleasure! Thanks as always for stopping in! 🙂
Wonderful actress – you’ve put together a lovely tribute here. I’m planning to explore more OTR in 2014 and will look forward to hearing her radio performances.
Thanks, Judy. I love OTR, as you can probably guess, and share them as often as possible. Joan had a wonderful voice for radio! As you move along through broadcasts, share what you think. 🙂