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December 15, 2013


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This year sucks! Gandolfini, Elmore Leonard, Mandela, O'Toole, and now Fontaine (plus others that I can't think of right now). I know that these stars get older just like the rest of us, but come on! Space them out a little. Jimmy Stewart and Bob Mitchum three days apart in 1997 was bad enough.
I'm gonna choke up when the "In Memoriam" segment comes on at next year's Oscars.
What next? Chloe Moretz!? Is no one safe? 2013 can't end soon enough.


And Audrey Totter died a few days ago.

I wonder how Fontaine's sister, Olivia DeHavilland, is doing these days. She's 97.

Chris L.

George: The saddest part of this news is that they apparently never resolved their feud. Not sure precisely what it was about, but I'm off to read the Siren's post next and I'm sure she knows all about it.

Caught up with Letter from an Unknown Woman about a year ago on TCM. It should be up front in everyone's remembrances along with the two Hitchcocks. Suffice to say that the word "lyricism" means considerably less today, as it is tossed in the direction of all things "pretty," than in Ophuls' time. We are losing so much of our history so rapidly.



Here's an article about the Fontaine-DeHavilland feud.


They apparently hadn't spoken since their mother's funeral in 1975.

Here's a Fontaine comment from 1978: "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!"


George - Thanks for that link. The photo of the two that goes with the piece couldn't be more perfect.

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