Friday, February 19, 2010
two of a kind
joan fontaine and olivia de havilland were sisters who, for better or worse, were both nominated for academy awards in the Best Actress category in 1942. heavy going. joan had previously been nominated for 'rebecca.' maybe the academy was just waiting for this moment to come. it came and joan won for yet another hitchcock directed portrayal of yet another seemingly passive spouse.
in truth, joan's slim self slipped into these characters that may have appeared weak, but she mined their inner strength with gusto. not only did she manage to rise to the occasion needed in each film, she brought her man up to a higher level as well.
i love watching both sisters. even if 'the heiress' (with olivia) is forever being screened around here, i would have to say sister joan played parts with deeper appeal.