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13

Aug

Another photo- these are from a Vanity Fair shoot in 1948. Photographed by George Platt Lynes.

Other photos-these are from a Vanity Fair shoot in 1948. Photographed by George Platt Lynes.

A Great photo of Joan during a visit to Spain. Happy Wednesday!

A Great photo of Joan during a visit to Spain. Happy Wednesday!

12

Aug

Lauren Bacall’s advice for Joan

"On location Betty Bacall, accompanied the still-married Jason Robards, who played Dick Diver. One day while waiting around on a Zurich See yacht for a scene to be shot, Betty became very sisterly toward me, giving me kindly advice. She said that I’d botched up my life, that a girl should never marry without thinking of herself and her future. Love was a thing apart from the marital state. First, the man must never be an actor; second, he must not have had a previous marriage. He must be financially independent. The woman must give up her career… At the end of the film, Betty married Jason, juggled her children with his by a former marriage and eventually one of their own, made a broadway success in Cactus Flower and Applause, and has been working ever since. But their marriage floundered."

-Power & Glory, Joan Fontaine, No Bed of Roses

11

Aug

Interviewer: And now, what do you miss the most about movies? Are you a moviegoer now?
Fontaine: I uh-well, the best picture I’ve seen in a long time is The Dead Poets Society- which I think was rather like Mr. Chips- but, you’re not old enough to remember Mr. Chips, but it was lovely, and [Dead Poets] is almost a remake…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pFxQy2qxQQQ

Joan knew fine work when she saw it. Rest Easy Robin Williams.

Interviewer: And now, what do you miss the most about movies? Are you a moviegoer now?
Fontaine: I uh-well, the best picture I’ve seen in a long time is The Dead Poets Society- which I think was rather like Mr. Chips- but, you’re not old enough to remember Mr. Chips, but it was lovely, and [Dead Poets] is almost a remake…

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pFxQy2qxQQQ

Joan knew fine work when she saw it. Rest Easy Robin Williams.

02

Aug

Happy Saturday! You may or may not agree, but this is what I think of each marriage.

11

Jun

Happy Wednesday! I know you’ll whip through the rest of the week in no time!

Happy Wednesday! I know you’ll whip through the rest of the week in no time!

03

Jun

"Interviewer: I am always in love with your smile- what is the secret of your smile?"
Ms. Fontaine: (Chuckles and responds) I don’t know what you mean but, I read a book once that said the girl tried to imitate Joan Fontaine’s crooked smile…”
         -Joan Fontaine in a 1991 Interview

"Interviewer: I am always in love with your smile- what is the secret of your smile?"
Ms. Fontaine: (Chuckles and responds) I don’t know what you mean but, I read a book once that said the girl tried to imitate Joan Fontaine’s crooked smile…”
-Joan Fontaine in a 1991 Interview

11

May

You have to give it to this woman Lilian Augusta Ruse de Havilland Fontaine. Although her mothering skills were questionable, Joan and Olivia probably wouldn’t have gone on to succeed in Hollywood had it not been for her. She made her daughters read the classics, taught them diction and proper manners, and encouraged them to participate in local plays. She failed both by not ending the petty dramas that occurred in childhood and by not telling either that she loved them nor did she openly express how proud she was of their accomplishments. 
    At times in her autobiography, Joan speaks of her mother’s complicated nature and how Lilian didn’t get on well with her own mother and had a long distance relationship with her older brother and sister. Perhaps this is why Lilian refused to address the difficult relationship that Joan and Olivia had- she couldn’t face her own past. This just serves a reminder that no mother is created the same; some are bad, some are great, and others a blend of both. Just as parents don’t choose their children, children don’t choose their parents.

You have to give it to this woman Lilian Augusta Ruse de Havilland Fontaine. Although her mothering skills were questionable, Joan and Olivia probably wouldn’t have gone on to succeed in Hollywood had it not been for her. She made her daughters read the classics, taught them diction and proper manners, and encouraged them to participate in local plays. She failed both by not ending the petty dramas that occurred in childhood and by not telling either that she loved them nor did she openly express how proud she was of their accomplishments.
At times in her autobiography, Joan speaks of her mother’s complicated nature and how Lilian didn’t get on well with her own mother and had a long distance relationship with her older brother and sister. Perhaps this is why Lilian refused to address the difficult relationship that Joan and Olivia had- she couldn’t face her own past. This just serves a reminder that no mother is created the same; some are bad, some are great, and others a blend of both. Just as parents don’t choose their children, children don’t choose their parents.

28

Apr

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!