December 16, 2013

"I don't belong in your sort of world... I love you most dreadfully."



"It's a pity you have to grow up..." and then, so many years later, leave us, Joan Fontaine.

18 comments:

Ann Althouse said...

2 posts in a row, marking the death of great movie stars. Both quite old. O'Toole was 81, Fontaine, 96.

Someone will say these deaths come 3s, so I will. But let's talk about Joan Fontaine. I love the movie "Rebecca." She won an Oscar for "Suspicion." Similar movies.

MadisonMan said...

So Olivia has outdone her sister at last, by surviving.

I hope they reconciled before their permanent separation.

Steven Wilson said...

I don't go for the triad theory, but if you want a candidate I offer Audrey Totter, one of the queens of B movies and film noir. She did a memorable turn in "THE SET UP" with Robert Ryan.

St. George said...

"Ms. Fontaine is survived by her sister, Ms. de Havilland...."

She is 97.

William said...

She outlived most of her mourners. Peter O'Toole died at an age when his passing can be felt as a loss. But if you're going for a tragic, mythic death of James Dean proportions, Paul Walker definitely has the starring role in this month's obituaries.

Ron said...

Tom Laughlin ("Billy Jack") died a couple of days ago....your third star?

Ron said...

Plus, Joan was the last of Astaire's dance partners....from the 1930's! The 70 year feud with her sister....that takes the cake!

lemondog said...

“In this brief transit where the dreams cross
The dreamcrossed twilight between birth and dying

lemondog said...

Not as esteemed as O'toole/Fontaine:
Tom Laughlin

Strelnikov said...

Love that movie.

Strelnikov said...

The moment where Olivier ("the brooding Max De Winter") turns to Joan and says of Rebecca, "Love her? I hated her!!", is one of the best surprise moments on film.

elkh1 said...

Two down, who else to go?

The Godfather said...

Other than in an old movie, I don't recommend using the phrase "you little fool" in a marriage proposal.

lemondog said...

Brian from Family Guy resurrected....but then he never counted, being tv and such.

RonF said...

"I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool!"

There's a master of romance....

YoungHegelian said...

@Godfather,

I don't recommend using the phrase "you little fool" in a marriage proposal.

Waaaay too old fashioned. Now, one uses the phrase "you stupid twat" in a marriage proposal.

Alcibiades said...

I love that scene and that movie. Thanks for posting it!

gpm said...

Astaire is TCM's star of the month. His dance with Joan, from Damsel in Distress, is featured in the clip that is being shown constantly. Not a great movie, but one of the few featuring George Burns and Gracie Allen. And a nice(!) version of "Nice Work If You Can Get It," first time I ever heard the full version of the song that provided the theme for Cybill Shepherd's eponymic TV show (though I now have an Ella Fitzgerald version as well).