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Joan Fontaine as the Second Mrs. de Winter: 7 Quotes About the Iconic Role

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Three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Fontaine won her first Best Actress nomination for her role as the long-suffering wife of English aristocrat Maxim de Winter. Never mentioned by her first name in the film, the second Mrs. De Winter must live in the shadow of her predecessor, who died under mysterious circumstances.

The youngest person ever nominated for a Best Actress award up to that point, Fontaine was widely praised for her performance as a naïve, confused innocent young wife, beginning her rise to Hollywood A-list status. Here are several quotes that examine her iconic role.

1. "… the loveliest star born this year is Joan Fontaine who plays the pathetic heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter." – Kate Cameron, New York Daily News, March 29, 1940

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2. "[Hitchcock] … bullied and belittled her, constantly reminding her that her co-star, Laurence Olivier, had wanted Vivien Leigh to play the role. The effect was to undermine what little self-confidence Joan Fontaine had at that stage, making her shy, reticent, mousy and hunch-shouldered. It was a characteristic, if sadistic, Hitchcock technique that produced exactly the right performance. Vulnerable and timid, Joan Fontaine simply became the part." – The Telegraph, Obituary, December 16, 2013

3. "In 'Rebecca,' Joan Fontaine is heartbreaking and hilarious as a twitchy waste of space with no personality, no self-esteem, no money, no friends, and a cracking Electra complex."  – Bidisha, "My Favourite Hitchcock Film: Rebecca," The Guardian, June 16, 2012

4. "Hitchcock … obtained a performance from Fontaine that touchingly delineates the agonies of a self-conscious person desperately trying to protect herself in a difficult situation that almost drives her to madness and suicide." – Dan Callahan, RogerEbert.com, December 16, 2013

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5. "Fontaine missed the Hollywood premiere of Rebecca because she needed surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. Instead, her mother, Lillian de Havilland, accompanied … [Fontaine's husband] … Aherne to the screening. From her hospital bed, Fontaine heard gossip columnist Louella Parson's rave about the film and Fontaine's performance. When Parsons asked the star's mother for her reaction, Mrs. de Havilland said, "Joan may be phony in real life, but she's almost believable on screen" – Frank Miller, "Trivia and Fun Facts About Rebecca," TurnerClassicMovies.com

6. "To audiences, Joan Fontaine became so identified with Rebecca that many believed she played the title role. Actually, Rebecca was Maxim de Winter's first wife and the Joan Fontaine character was never named." – The Telegraph, Obituary, December 16, 2013

7. "Alfred Hitchcock got to make Joan more uncomfortable when he told her that everyone on the set disliked her. This made Joan very upset and uneasy which was what he wanted her to reveal through her performance." – Classic Hollywood 101, "Behind the scenes of 'Rebecca'"

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Three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Fontaine won her first Best Actress nomination for her role as the long-suffering wife of English aristocrat Maxim de Winter, the second Mrs. De Winter, who was never mentioned by her first name.
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