Tributes: The Stars We've Lost

From Mike Nichols to Robin Williams to Philip Seymour Hoffman, we remember the personalities who've left us

JOAN FONTAINE

An Oscar winner for Hitchcock's 1941 film Suspicion, 96-year-old Fontaine, one of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Age, died on Dec. 15 at her northern California home. Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland in Tokyo to British parents, Fontaine's early roles included 1939's all-star The Women. She went on to star in other well-known movies, including Jane Eyre with Orson Welles (1943), Rebecca with Laurence Olivier (1940), Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor (1952), and Island in the Sun with Harry Belafonte (1957). But equally famous was Fontaine's longstanding feud with her surviving older sister, actress Olivia de Havilland, 97 (Fontaine also had two children from her four marriages, all of which ended in divorce). In a 1978 PEOPLE interview, Fontaine spoke of her rivalry with her sister. "Olivia has always said I was first at everything – I got married first, got an Academy Award first, had a child first. If I die, she'll be furious, because again I'll have got there first!"