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Joan Fontaine: Roles She Missed That Other Actresses Made Famous

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 10:33 PM

A favorite leading lady of Alfred Hitchcock’s in films such as “Rebecca” and “Suspicion,” Joan Fontaine made a career starring opposite male superstars such as Burt Lancaster and James Stewart.

She played the title character in “Jane Eyre” in 1944 and received an Oscar nomination for “The Constant Nymph” in 1943. But she didn’t always get the lead in the movies. Here are some roles she missed that other actresses made famous.

“Claudia”
Fontaine, Dorothy McGuire and Katharine Hepburn were “all possible Claudias,” Turner Classic Movies noted. McGuire was the one who got the part.

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“From Here to Eternity”
Fontaine turned down a role in 1953’s “From Here to Eternity,” author Marsha Lynn Beerman said in “Joan Fontaine: A Bio-bibliography.” Fontaine didn’t want to shoot on location in Hawaii and spend a long time away from her family, Beerman said, but “this decision would later come back to haunt her.” Deborah Kerr made the part famous.

“Gone with The Wind”
In her 1978 autobiography, Fontaine said she turned down the role of Melanie and suggested her sister, rival Olivia De Havilland, who received an Oscar nomination for her performance.

“A Streetcar Named Desire”
When her sister was offered the part of Blanche, opposite Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Fontaine was offered the part of the “other sister,” author Charles Higham wrote in the book, “Sisters: The story of Olivia De Havilland & Joan Fontaine.” But the idea fell through, and Vivien Leigh and Kim Hunter got the roles instead.

“They Died with Their Boots On”
Fontaine was the first choice for the role of Mrs. Custer in the 1941 film “They Died with Their Boots On.” But this was a role her sister got instead. De Havilland played opposite Errol Flynn, Turner Classics Movies noted.

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Fontaine loved performing until the end. She lived a colorful life on and off screen and was married four times. She didn’t let the parts she missed get her down.

She died in 2013 at age 96.

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