Joan Fontaine in SEPTEMBER AFFAIR (1950 Paramount). Designed by Edith Head.
Well, I’m not too pleased with the way Suspicion ends. I had something else in mind. The scene I wanted, but it was never shot, was for Cary Grant to bring her a glass of milk that’s been poisoned and Joan Fontaine has just finished a letter to her mother: “Dear Mother, I’m desperately in love with him, but I don’t want to live because he’s a killer. Though I’d rather die, I think society should be protected from him.” Then, Cary Grant comes in with the fatal glass and she says, “Will you mail this letter to Mother for me, dear?” She drinks the milk and dies. Fade out and fade in on one short shot: Cary Grant, whistling cheerfully, walks over to the mailbox and pops the letter in. - Alfred Hitchcock
Sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland, C.1945
Joan Fontaine and Olivia De Havilland, 1942. Photographed by Bob Landry
NO FUCKING WAY OMG
“Now I’m alone. My head throbs and my temples are burning. Perhaps God has been kind, and I too have caught the fever. If this letter reaches you, believe this - that I love you now as I’ve always loved you. My life can be measured by the moments I’ve had with you and our child. If only you could have shared those moments, if only you could have recognized what was always yours, could have found what was never lost. If only…” - Letter from an Unknown Woman, 1948
“We may not get along personally, but I am absolutely thrilled that my sister has accomplished what she has. Imagine what we could have done if we had gotten together. We could have selected the right scripts, the right directors, the right producers - we could have built our own empire. But it was not to be.” -Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine takes a look at her Oscar for Best Actress at the 14th Annual Academy Awards, 1942.
Just checkin its real!
“I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she’ll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!”
Joan Fontaine on her sister Olivia de Havilland