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Joan Fontaine passes away at 96

Fontaine died in her sleep Sunday morning after having been in failing health in recent days, said Noel Beutel, a longtime friend of the actress.

In a career spanning over six decades, Fontaine has been 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.
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