Fontaine passed away on December 15, her assistant Susan Pfeiffer confirmed
Hollywood actor Joan Fontaine died at her home in Carmel, California. She was 96 and died of natural cause. In a career spanning over six decades, Fontaine has been a part of movies like Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), Ivy (1947), September Affair (1950), Ivanhoe (1952) and Island in the Sun (1957).
She received three Academy Awards nominations and won one of them for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Suspicion. She also starred in Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca that earned her one of the Oscar nominations. Fontaine was also a licensed pilot, an accomplished interior decorator and a Cordon Bleu-level chef, who was married and divorced four times.
She was married to actor Brian Aherne (1939-1945), TV producer William Dozier (1946-1951), producer Collier Young (1952-1961) and journalist Alfred Wright Jr. (1964-1969). She had two children from her four marriages.