A seasoned veteran of motion pictures, and an inimitable star with her own unique brand of artistry, Joan Fontaine was one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses. In a career that spanned sixty years, Fontaine explored all avenues of the entertainment industry and never left a territory uncharted.


In the years that proceeded her death in December 2013, Joan Fontaine has often been compared to her sister, Olivia de Havilland, but what some people don’t realize is that Miss Fontaine endured a successful career that didn’t parallel with de Havilland’s. She was the only sibling to work under the direction of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, and she was the first to receive an Academy Award.


The beloved actress whose unparalleled talents enchanted millions worldwide would be reaching her milestone year of birth on October 22nd. For the occasion, my great friend Virginie from The Wonderful World of Cinema and myself are hosting a centenary blogathon dedicated to Joan Fontaine, and her illustrious contribution to cinema.



1. Bloggers are enabled to write about any film starring Joan Fontaine or any topic from her life and career that piques your interest. That being said, we are not allowing any posts about the feud between Joan and Olivia. We want to make this a loving tribute to Joan. Apart from that, any other subject is more than welcome.

2. Because Joan Fontaine has a substantial resume of films that consists of 71 acting credits, we are allowing no more than two duplicates. There are plenty of subjects to go around. Also, if you want to write more than one post that’s fine, but on this occasion, we are allowing a maximum of two entries for each person. Thirdly, please don’t submit previously published posts.

3. The blogathon commences on October 20th, and will continue through to Joan’s 100th birthday on the 22nd. Please submit your articles on any of these dates, and we’ll happily link them to the blogathon page that will be set up on the first day of the event.

4. To express your interest in participating in the blogathon, leave a comment on my blog or on Virginie’s blog along with the name and URL of your blog, and the subject you wish to cover, or you can always register by email at: or by contacting Virginie at For those of you who wish to register by email, please be sure to include the name and URL of your blog, and the topic you wish to cover. Once you get confirmation, please spread the word about this blogathon by advertising the event on your blog. Below are a few banners, so grab yourself a banner, and let’s start honoring the one and only Joan Fontaine.

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In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Letter From An Unknown Woman ( 1948 ) and a profile on Joan Fontaine.

The Wonderful World Of Cinema: Joan Fontaine tribute post.

Taking Up Room: Jane Eyre ( 1943 )

A Shroud Of Thoughts: Frenchman’s Creek ( 1944 )

Life With Books and Movies: Jane Eyre ( 1943 )

Caftan Woman: Kiss The Blood Off My Hands ( 1948 )

Anybody Got A Match?: Letter From An Unknown Woman ( 1948 )

Defiant Success: Joan Fontaine’s Oscar nominated performances.

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: You Gotta Stay Happy ( 1948 )

Christina Wehner: Rebecca ( 1940 )

Critica Retro: The Bigamist ( 1953 )

Moon In Gemini: Born To Be Bad ( 1950 )

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: Born To Be Bad ( 1950 )

Thoughts All Sorts: The Women ( 1939 )

Elizabeth Nelson: Guest post at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Ivy ( 1947 )

The Dream Book Blog: September Affair ( 1950 )

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: The Emperor’s Waltz ( 1948 )

Portraits By Jenni: Ivanhoe ( 1952 )

Musings of a Classic Film Addict: This All Above ( 1942 )

Wide Screen World: The Bigamist ( 1953 )

Realmeedgie Ridget Reviews: One step Beyond ( 1960 )

Pop Culture Reverie: The Users ( 1978 )

Old Hollywood Films: Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1961 )

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Joan Fontaine Tribute.

The Stop Button: You Gotta Stay Happy ( 1948 )

Cinephilia: Suspicion ( 1941 )



  1. Dear Crystal,

    Thank you very much for considering doing three articles in my blogathon, “The Great Breening Blogathon:” I really appreciate it. How could I not join yours when you are being so kind to me? Besides that, I have a film I would really like to review. I would like to write about “The Emperor’s Waltz” from 1948. Thank you!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan


  2. annsblyth

    Hi! I just ADORE Joan, and somehow I didn’t even know that her 100th birthday is coming up! I couldn’t be more thrilled to sign up, and I’d love to write about This Above All (1942) for my blog, Musings of a Classic Film Addict. Thank you!


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