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Half of Hollywood's greatest sister act has died

Joan Fontaine, the younger sister of, and perpetual bane of Olivia deHavilland's existence, died this morning at age 96. Beating her elder sister to both the alter and the Oscar, Olivia predicted that Joan would die first, too - just for spite. Happy now, Olivia? These two really should have been corralled for a late-career Psycho Biddy film, but, alas, it was never to be.

Fontaine was Alfred Hitchcock's first great leading lady of his American film career, starring in Rebecca and Suspicion, and, remarkably, the only star to win an Oscar for a performance in a Hitchcock film (for Suspicion in 1941).

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Joan Fontaine with Lawrence Olivier in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca"

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