Ash-blonde Joan Fontaine, film actress, has a raw, flirtatious part in Paramount's new technicolor, "Frenchman's Creek," a role quite unlike the shy ones she has been playing in the past. "I was tired of suffering," she said, "and I think the public is too." Joan won was the 1942 winner of the Gold Oscar of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a nominee for the sensitive part she played in "The Constant Nymph." Joan is pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 1944, where she had come in for a day away from her nurse's aide duties in a Hartford, Conn., Hospital. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
Actress Joan Fontaine covers up actor Tony Curtis's face during a break from the filming of Aaron-Spelling Productions' "Users" on May 5, 1978 in Los Angeles. The film portrays how Hollywood stars use one another to advance their own careers. Both Fontaine and Curtis have just completed books, "No Bed Of Roses," and "Kid Andrew Lady and Julie Sparrow" respectively. (AP Photo/George Brich)
Actress Joan Fontaine and her 20-month old daughter, Debbie, give their toes a splashing good time in their swimming pool in back of their Hollywood home on Oct. 1, 1950. (AP Photo/Charles K. Lucas)
Actress Joan Fontaine as she appears in the 20th Century Fox film 'Tender Is The Night'. Pierre Balmain designed her outfit.
Joan Fontaine reacts as she wins the best actress award at the 1941 annual Academy Awards presentations in Los Angeles, Ca., Feb. 27, 1942. Fontaine won for her role in "Suspicion." (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine wears a beige satin high-draped turban in Jan. 8, 1961 created by designer Mr. John. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)
Joan Fontaine publicity portrait for the film 'Darling, How Could You!', 1951. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
circa 1939: Joan Fontaine (1917 - ), the British born actress, and sister of Olivia De Havilland. She is wearing a hyacinth blue crepe afternoon dress. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
Actress Joan Fontaine, who once said Brian Aherne was the perfect husband, adjusts her snood in Los Angeles Supreme Court on June 2, 1944. She won a divorce from the actor on grounds of extreme cruelty. She testified that although she was allergic to dust, Aherne made her visit his desert Ranch. (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine prepares a meal for a patient at the Hollywood Hospital as a part of her duties as a nurse's aide for the American Red Cross, shown on July 31, 1943. She took the nurse's aid course in 1942 at the Los Angeles General Hospital. (AP Photo)
Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper are shown holding Oscars, February 27, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. Joan Fontaine won Best Actress Award for her role in "Suspicion," and Gary Cooper won Best Actor Award for "Sergeant York." (AP Photo)
Joe, the chimp, seems more interested in the photographer than in Jimmy Stewartâs checker instruction on the set of âYou Gotta Stay Happyâ in Hollywood on July 11, 1948. Joan Fontaine is Joeâs patient partner. (AP Photo)
Newest member of Joan Fontaine's family is Martita Pareja, (right), five-year-old Peruvian child shown on April 25, 1951, whom the screen star has adopted as a companion for her own daughter, Debbie (left). Miss Fontaine met Martita when she attended a recent film festival in South America. She made arrangements with the child's parents to become her legal guardian and bring her to the U.S. (AP Photo/Dick Strobel)
Walter de Havilland, 81, of Victoria, B.C., and father of Actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, gets an enthusiastic welcome from Miss de Havilland on his arrival, Nov. 10, 1952 in Los Angeles. De Havilland, who is a British subject, is here to visit his two famous daughters. (AP Photo)
Director Mitchell Leisen and actress Joan Fontaine get together over a tough spot in the script of "Rendevous" which has been giving them a bit of trouble on the Hollywood sound stage on March 11, 1951 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)
Screen star Joan Fontaine arrived in Berlin on June 15, 1951 by air from Paris to attend the city's first major postwar film festival. Fontaine sits in a flower decorated car in front of Berlin's City Hall. The actress was given a tour of the city, including a stop at Mayor Ernst Reuter's office. The star and her escorts brushed aside queries over rumored romance with prince Aly Khan, who is about to be divorced by Rita Hayworth. (AP Photo/Hans Von Nolde)
circa 1930: An exterior shot of Joan Fontaine's house in Hollywood. Joan is signed to RKO. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Stunning in a satin red dress actress Joan Fontaine is a guest at the Motion Picture Producers Association party held in Venice, Italy on Sept. 4, 1952. The party also honored members of the diplomatic corps from the United States. (AP Photo/Remo Nassi)
circa 1930: Joan Fontaine's kitchen in her home in Hollywood which is entirely fitted with electrical equipment. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Movie actress Joan Fontaine (left) and Mrs. Louise Hopkins (right), wife of Harry Hopkins, recent bride of the president's personal adviser. They sit on the grass at the Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, Sept. 23, 1942, after a luncheon at which they helped recruit members for the voluntary nurses aide corps. Both are members of the corps. (AP Photo)
Film actress Joan Fontaine, born in Tokyo of British parents, took the oath of allegiance to the United States on April 23, 1943 in Los Angeles where she received her final citizenship papers. The screen star, sister of Olivia deHavilland, was named Hollywood's best actress in 1941 by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo/John T. Burns)
Actor Peter Lorre, center, vists the set of "The Emperor Waltz" on September 3, 1946 in Hollywood where actress Joan Fontaine, left, and actor Bing Crosby are starring in Paramount's technicolor production. (AP Photo)
Joan Fontaine, left, as Judith, and Argentina Brunetti, right, as Saral as they appear in the famous biblical story "The Story of Judith" on CBS-TV's General Electric Theater in a 1960 file photo. Argentina Brunetti, a veteran character actress who played the worried wife of Mr. Martini in the classic Christmas film "It's a Wonderful Life," died Tuesday Dec. 20, 2005. She was 98. (AP Photo)
Hollywood screen actress Joan Fontaine arrives on Sept. 4, 1957 at London Airport, with her daughter Deborah, 8 (right) and her adopted daughter, Martita Pareja, 11 (left), from Paris, France. It is an informal holiday visit to Britain. Deborah said she wanted to have "Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and see London Bridge." (AP Photo)
Princess Margaret of England greets Hollywood film actress Joan Fontaine in front of Carton Cinema Theater, Haymarket, on July 25, 1957 in London, England. The Princess attended the premiere of "Island in the Sun" in which Miss Fontaine stars. (AP Photo/Campress)
British-American actress Joan Fontaine arrives at London Airport, United Kingdom on August 17, 1955 from Oslo. She has been touring Europe for two weeks, and is to make a film here. (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine is shown during a press reception at the Dorchester Hotel, London, England on Aug. 3, 1955. (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine relaxes in her New York City apartment on Feb. 171955, with daughters Martita Pareja, 9, left, and Debbie, 6, after announcing that a "pretty scaring" shoulder injury has forced her to quit her role in the Broadway stage comedy "Tea and Sympathy." Miss Fontaine said on medical orders she is returning to Los Angeles for therapy. The actress disclosed she injured her left shoulder while sledding with her children and increasing pain forced her to miss performances three days later. Doctors told her she would risk permanent injury if she attempted to perform. She is scheduled to fly to California with her daughters. (AP Photo/Tom Fitzsimmons)
Hollywood actress Joan Fontaine and actor Hugh O'Brian pictured at their arrival at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, Italy on February 28, 1962. The two artists flew in from Beirut. They have taken part in the New York - Mediterranean - New York "celebrity cruise" aboard the Italian liner "Leonardo Da Vinci", and will stay a couple of days in Rome before proceeding to New York. (AP Photo)
Hollywood actress Joan Fontaine, who was born in Tokyo and graduated Tokyo's American School, attended the Annual International Ball of her alma mater which was held at imperial Hotel on Friday, March 16,1962 in Tokyo, as the queen of the ball. The Academy-winner actress came in Japan as the guest of the school and exchanged with the pretty pupils. Fontaine dancing with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Edwin O. Reischauer during the ball. (AP Photo)
Hollywood movie actress Joan Fontaine flew in Tokyo, to be the queen of the seventh annual International Ball scheduled for Friday night at the Imperial Hotel on March 16, 1962 in Tokyo. Miss Fontaine, winner of the Oscar award for her tole in "Suspicion," was born in Tokyo and attended the American School here. All proceeds from the giant raffle at the International Ball will go to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and tuition grant funds of the American School. Fontaine receives bouquet at the airport from Japanese movie actresses Keiko Sata and Assami Hodaka ( AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita
Joan Fontaine, center with "Barabinieri" Irving Bauer and Gary Lasdun, arriving for opening of "Boccaccio 70" at Cinema 1 Theatre in New York City on June 25, 1962. (AP Photo/John Lent)
Actress Joan Fontaine with escort George Stevens, arrives on Sept. 25,1962 at the National Theater in Washington for the premiere of the new Irving Berlin Musical, "Mr. President." (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
American actress Joan Fontaine poses with Northern Nigerian beauty queen Balaraaba Biklso Geafaro at the official opening of the Dan Carmel Hotel in April 1963 in Haifa, Israel. Miss Geafaro, a 26-year-old ground hostess for Nigerian Airlines, was awarded a trip to Israel as part of her prize for winning a beauty contest. The wife of Prime Minister of Israel, Mrs. Paula Ben Gurion, presided at the gala opening of the hotel. (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine, left, and British comedienne Bea Lillie find something funny while going through program before New York opening of Britain's Royal Ballet at Metropolitan Opera House on April 17, 1963 in New York. The Ballet Company, beginning its seventh New York season, will tour the United States following its Manhattan engagement. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Actress Joan Fontaine, escorted by Charles Addams, arrives at the Rivoli Theater for the world premiere of the film "Cleopatra" in New York on June 12, 1963. (AP Photo/Harvey Lippman)
Actress Joan Fontaine, in white dress, is escorted by Dr. Benjamin Kean to Truman Capote's Black and White Ball at New York's Plaza Hotel on November 28, 1966. Couple at left is unidentified. Capote set the fashion tone by insisting that his female guests wear black and white. Dr. Kean, a noted parasitologist and pathologist, is world famous for his expertise on infectious diseases. (AP Photo)
Joan Fontaine at Truman Capote's party with escort, Dr. Benjamin Kean in Nov. 28, 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. They are arriving for Capote's Black and White Ball. Dr. Kean is a noted parasitologist. (AP Photo/ David Pickoff)
Actress Joan Fontaine, in white dress, is escorted by Dr. Benjamin Kean to Truman Capote's Black and White Ball at New York's Plaza Hotel on November 28, 1966. Couple at left is unidentified. Capote set the fashion tone by insisting that his female guests wear black and white. Dr. Kean, a noted parasitologist and pathologist, is world famous for his expertise on infectious diseases. (AP Photo/ David Pickoff)
Joan Fontaine and escort George Oppenheimer at a gala on April 29,1974 at Lincoln Center in New York. Director Alfred Hitchcock was the guest of honor for a showing of his films. (AP Photo/John Lent)
Actress Joan Fontaine, Oscar presenter, poses with a group of award recipients in Los Angeles on April 3, 1978. The men are unidentified. (AP Photo)
Actress Joan Fontaine at the 50th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 3, 1978. (AP Photo)
Actors Tony Curtis and Joan Fontaine smile during a break in the filming of 20th Century Foxâs "The Users,â April 5, 1978. (AP Photo/George Brich)
U.S. star Joan Fontaine, chairwoman of the international jury for the "Berlinale", sits with Berlin's Mayor Richard Von Weizsaecker at the film festival which opened on Feb. 12, 1982 in Berlin. (AP Photo/Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann)
Ann Miller, second from left, star of âSugar Babies,â holds up a birthday cake during a party marking her 59th birthday at Bruno's restaurant in New York on Monday, April 12, 1982. Joining the celebration, from left, are: Joan Fontaine, Miller, Arlene Dahl, Kay Ballard and Celeste Holm. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Actress Joan Fontaine poses for photographer in April 1985 in Beverly Hills on the set of her latest role, that of a shipping family matriarch. The dramatic film character is the first in several years for the veteran actress. (AP Photo/Michael Tweed)
** FILE ** Cartoonist Charles Addams and actress Joan Fontaine are seen in this 1962 file photo. (AP Photo)
Like most mothers, actress Joan Fontaine wants to do as much for her child as possible. One of the chores that gives her a great deal of pleasure is trimming Deborah's hair. The tag on the scissors state that they are to be used for the exclusive use of cutting Debbie's hair. (AP Photo/Charles K. Lucas)
Associated Press reporter Gladwin Hill speaks to actress Joan Fontaine in Los Angeles, Feb. 6, 1942. (AP Photo)
3rd November 1978: British-born actress Joan Fontaine signs copies of her autobiography 'No Bed Of Roses' at Liberty's book shop in Regent Street, London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Czech born film composer and conductor Erich Korngolf (1897 -1957) points at something over his shoulder as American actor Joan Fontaine stands next him smiling with the canal visible behind them, Venice, Italy, circa 1950. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1940: British actress Olivia de Havilland in a restaurant with her sister Joan Fontaine (right) and American actress Margaret Lindsay. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1933: Joan Fontaine, the Hollywood actress, part of the RKO stable, taking an order from John Boal and Phil Huston. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
circa 1930: Joan Fontaine, the RKO Radio star, who appeared in 'Gunga Din' with Douglas Fairbanks Jnr and Cary Grant, being photgraphed by photographer Fred Hendrickson. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Hollywood actress Joan Fontaine at London Airport after flying in from New York by BOAC liner. She is on her way to Rotterdam to take part - as a crew member - in an international balloon race.
Joan Fontaine is shown playing a Tyrolean farm girl in "The Constant Nymph", wearing a cotton dress and barefoot.
Gary Cooper, left, Joan Fontaine, Mary Astor and Donald Crisp, in army uniform, pose backstage at the 1941 Academy Awards presented at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca., Feb. 26, 1942. Cooper won best actor in "Sergeant York"; Fontaine won best actress in "Suspicion"; Astor won best supporting actress in "The Great Lie"; and Crisp won best supporting actor in "How Green Was My Valley."
Joan Fontaine and Gary Cooper are shown holding Oscars, February 27, 1942, in Los Angeles, California. Joan Fontaine won Best Actress Award for her role in "Suspicion," and Gary Cooper won Best Actor Award for "Sergeant York."
British American actress Joan Fontaine.
Actress Joan Fontaine, who is now starring in MGM's 'Until They Sail', likes to wear comfortable casual clothing around the house. She is seen here in mustard velveteen trousers teamed teamed with a white Italian silk blouse having hand-wrought gold buttons. A leopard belt and black espadrilles complete the costume.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Items from the California home of Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, including her 1941 Oscar for best actress, are heading for the auction block.
The 104 lots of fine art, silver, lighting, furniture and jewelry are scheduled to be spread over four auctions and could realize more than $1 million, Christies said Tuesday.
Her Oscar for her role as the timid wife in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" opposite Cary Grant could bring $200,000 to $300,000 on Dec. 11.
The actress died last December in her home in Carmel, California, at age 96.
The entire proceeds will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Monterey, California, the auction house said. Fontaine was a big supporter of the SPCA, adopting three of her dogs- Kita, Fang IV and Samantha - from the organization.
Fontaine appeared in more than 30 movies. She gained stardom in 1940 in Hitchcock's "Rebecca," which won the Academy Award for best picture and earned Fontaine the first of her three Oscar nominations.
Three of the auctions will be held in New York between November and January.
Among other highlights is a 1935 painting by Marc Chagall, "Vase of Flowers in the Window," which could bring $400,000 to $600,000 on Nov. 6.
A set of turquoise and cultured pearl "twist" jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels will be offered in a Jan. 13 sale for an estimated $4,000 to $6,000.
A single painting from her home, "Chrysanthemums in a Vase" by Lin Fengmian, will be offered in November at Christie's Hong Kong sale of Chinese modern paintings. It has a pre-sale estimate of up to $250,000.
Fontaine, who also made New York her home for 25 years, was the sister of another Hollywood legend, Olivia de Havilland.