Joan Fontaine Quotations


Marriage, as an institution, is as dead as the dodo bird.

If you keep marrying as I do, you learn everybody's hobby.

I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia (sister Olivia de Havilland) did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!

Too many Hollywood marriages have smashed up because husbands were Mr. Joan Fontaine. That will never happen in our marriage because I am 100% Mrs. Brian Aherne.
-- before the failure of her first marriage.

You cannot battle an elephant. Orson was such a big man in every way that no one could stand up to him. On the first day at 4 o'clock, he strode in followed by his agent, a dwarf, his valet and a whole entourage. Approaching us, he proclaimed, "All right, everybody turn to page eight." And we did it, though he was not the director.
-- on working with Orson Welles on Jane Eyre (1944).

Charles Boyer remains my favorite leading man. I found him a man of intellect, taste and discernment. He was unselfish, dedicated to his work. Above all, he cared about the quality of the film he was making, and unlike most leading men I have worked with, the single exception being Fred Astaire, his first concern was the film, not himself.

We're getting closer together as we get older, but there would be a slight problem of temperament. In fact, it would be bigger than Hiroshima.
-- on Olivia de Havilland.

I learned about acting from George than anyone else and through just one sentence. He said, "Think and feel and the rest will take care of itself."
-- on working with director George Cukor on The Women (1939).

I hope I'll die on stage at the age at 105, playing Peter Pan.

The main problem in marriage is that for a man sex is a hunger like eating. If the man is hungry and can’t get to a fancy French restaurant, he goes to a hot dog stand. For a woman, what is important is love and romance.


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