In the history of sibling rivalry, no one quite reached the heights of Old Hollywood starlets—and sisters, of course—Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland. In the same way that de Havilland overshadowed Fontaine, their explosive feud eclipsed both of their careers in Hollywood. For Fontaine, it wasn’t all bad blood—she also saw her fair share of heartbreak and scandal in her lifetime. Buckle in for these facts about Joan Fontaine, the girl who was born to be bad.
Joan Fontaine Facts
1. The Feud Between Sisters Was Notorious
So, first things first—why did Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland have different family names if they were sisters? The story is actually one of heartbreaking betrayal. De Havilland was older by a year, and was the first to become an actress. When Fontaine decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps, it was actually their mother who stepped in.
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