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Joan Fontaine

  • The theater audience is the ultimate teacher, instructing the actor on the degree to which he has executed both the author's and the director's intent.

  • ... the one outstanding quality it possesses is not the lavishness, the perpetual sunshine, the golden opportunities, but fear. Fear stalks the sound stages, the publicity departments, the executive offices. ... most of us actors, writers, directors, even those in the publicity and makeup departments knew that the industry was a day-by-day business, that layoffs, suspensions, idle weeks and even months were part of the pattern.

  • The main problem in marriage is that, for a man, sex is a hunger — like eating. If a man is hungry and can't get to a fancy French restaurant, he'll go to a hot dog stand.

    • Joan Fontaine,
    • in Trevor Hunt, Words From the Stars ()
  • One puzzling thing about men — they allow their sex instinct to drive them to where their intelligence never would take them.

    • Joan Fontaine
  • [On her troubled relationships with her daughters:] You can acquire enemies. Why give birth to them?

    • Joan Fontaine,
    • in The Los Angeles Times ()

Joan Fontaine, U.S. actor


Real name: Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland.