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Dispute Over Auction Of Joan Fontaine's Oscar


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Executors of Joan Fontaine's estate insist they will no longer be selling the Oscar she won for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion because bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have threatened to sue.

The statuette, which she won in 1942, was expected to fetch at least $200,000 (£125,000) at auction with proceeds going towards the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Spca) in Monterey, California.

However, executors now say that Academy bosses have vowed to take legal action if sale goes ahead.

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Joan Fontaine's California Home To Be Sold For Animal Charity


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The California property actress Joan Fontaine called home before her death last year (13) is expected to raise an estimated $2.6 million (£1.63 million) for her favourite animal welfare charity.

The Rebecca star's belongings, including the Oscar she won for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion, have been removed from the Carmel home and they are due to go under the hammer during a series of sales at Christie's New York between November (14) and January (15).

Now the house itself, known as Villa Fontana, has been listed on the market by estate executor Noel Beutel. The ranch-style pad features a separate guest house and a rose garden, which Fontaine used to tend to herself, and proceeds from the Sothebys sale will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County, California.

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Joan Fontaine's Oscar Heading To Auction Block


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The Oscar late actress Joan Fontaine won for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion is expected to sell for at least $200,000 (£125,000) when it hits the auction block later this year (14).

Art, furniture, jewellery and a number of other personal belongings which filled Fontaine's California home are set to go under the hammer during a series of sales between November (14) and January (15) at Christie's New York.

Among the highlights is the Academy Award she took home at the 1942 ceremony for Best Actress in a Leading Role, which will be auctioned off on 11 December (14).

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Olivia De Haviland 'Shocked And Saddened' By Sister's Death


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Actress Olivia de Havilland is "shocked and saddened" by the death of her estranged sister Joan Fontaine.

The Oscar-winning actress died in her sleep on Sunday (15Dec13) at her home in Carmel, California at the age of 96, and de Havilland, who has declined to talk about her sister over the years, has now broken her silence about her longtime rival.

A statement from the actress says she is "shocked and saddened" by the news and grateful for "the many kind expressions of sympathies."

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Oscar-Winning Actress Joan Fontaine Passes, Aged 96


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Joan Fontaine may not be as well remembered today as she aught to be, but on Sunday, 15 December, the world lost one of its finest female actresses when the three-time Oscar nominee passed away at her home in Carmel, California. One of the 1940's most fondly held stars, Fontaine died in her home due to natural reasons, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed, at the age of 96.

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Fontaine (R) appears in The Women

Fontaine's death was confirmed by her assistant, Susan Pfeiffer, to THR soon after the screen veteran had passed on, confirming that Fontaine had died of old age. Although her career lasted until the mid-1990's, with her last credit coming for the TV movie Good King Wenceslas in 1994, it is her career in the 1940's that will ensure Fontaine's name continues to live on.

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Joan Fontaine Dies At 96


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Oscar winner Joan Fontaine has passed away at the age of 96.

The veteran actress died of natural causes on Sunday (15Dec13) at her home in Carmel, California, her assistant confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fontaine rose to fame in the 1940s thanks to acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in films such as Rebecca, for which she earned her first Best Actress Oscar nomination playing Laurence Olivier's wife.

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Laurence Olivier Condemns Co-stars In Bitter Tapes


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Sir Laurence Olivier's stinging criticism of co-stars including Marilyn Monroe, Joan Fontaine and Kirk Douglas has been revealed in tapes he made for the autobiography he never wrote.

The acting legend's audio tapes have been uncovered and used to put together a new biography, almost 25 years after his death, with the permission of Olivier's widow, Joan Plowright, and the original interviewer.

The recordings reveal Olivier's true thoughts on his Hollywood peers, including his "hatred" for Monroe, his troubled co-star in 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl.

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Classic Jane Eyre Triumphs In Ny, La


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Filmmakers have been drawn to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre almost from the time cameras started rolling. The first version of the 164-year-old tale hit the screen in 1914; the most famous version was produced in 1943 with Joan Fontaine in the title role and Orson Welles in the role of Rochester. But, if initial reaction is any judge, the latest version, which stars Mia Wasikowska ( Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right ) and Michael Fassbender ( Inglourious Basterds ), could turn out to be the biggest hit of them all. The movie opened in two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles over the weekend, where it grossed a combined $182,317 or $45,579 per theater, the highest per-theater average of any film released this year. The film also received outstanding word-of-mouth (the Los Angeles Times reported that ticket sales jumped 53 percent from Friday to Saturday) and mostly positive, although restrained, reviews. "This is a story that still grips the heart and the mind," wrote Lou Lumenick in the New York Post, while suggesting that it falls short of the Fontaine-Welles version. Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News wrote that director Cary Fukunaga "deftly emphasizes the modern elements" of the Brontë novel, "though he's less skilled at creating a gothic tone. Those unfamiliar with this story will find a respectable introduction; fans [of the novel] may be somewhat less impressed." She also concluded that the two leads "lack chemistry" so that while the film is intellectually admirable, "every Jane Eyre should also deliver some emotional swoons." On the other hand, A.O. Scott in The New York Times praised the production as "a splendid Example of how to tackle the daunting duty of turning a beloved work of classic literature into a movie. Neither a radical updating nor a stiff exercise in middlebrow cultural respectability, Mr. Fukunaga's film tells its venerable tale with lively vigor and an astute sense of emotional detail."

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The Women (1939) Review


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Although one could have fun imagining a film in which Rosalind Russell and Joan Crawford are simply tossed into a tiger cage and fight to the death, the 1939 film The Women will do just fine in its stead. Adapted from the hit stage play by Clare Booth Luce, it's a gabby, urbane comedy that takes a (for its time, especially) steadfast look at adultery, divorce, and why men court idiocy with such abandon. It also takes its title quite seriously, with not a single male appearing onscreen.

The film is powered by a can't-miss trio of top-line actresses, all playing to their strengths. Norma Shearer is the gentle and naïve Mary Haines, whose husband Stephen has been stepping out on her with Crystal Allen (Crawford, at 35 maybe a little long in the tooth to play a perfume counter girl, but you try telling her that...), a fact that is known to everybody in New York save Mary due to the gossipy efforts of Sylvia Fowler (Russell, firing on all bitchy cylinders). It's a slow build-up to Mary's discovery of the truth, with an intricate elaboration of the social circle she runs in and the backstabbing that it's rife with - her purported friends making absolutely sure that not only does she find out the awful truth, but that they're there to witness her reaction.

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Fontaine Eyeing Hollywood Comeback?


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Screen legend Joan Fontaine is eyeing a return to movies for a cameo alongside current stars Meg Ryan, Ashley Judd, Eva Mendes and Debra Messing.
The 89-year-old has been tipped to appear in the long-awaited remake of George Cukor's 1939 all-female classic The Women.
In the original, Fontaine starred as a timid wife alongside Norma Shearer, whose role will be reprised by Ryan, and Joan Crawford.
Rocker Sir Mick Jagger is one of the film's producers and is also overseeing the soundtrack.

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