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Retro Compact Owned by Joan Fontaine
- This elegant minaudière, or vanity case, was once owned by renowned film star Joan Fontaine
- Joan Fontaine was one of the most exceptional actresses of the golden age of the silver screen
- This compact, adorned by diamonds and ruby cabochons, is a work of true Hollywood glamour
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Features French hallmarks
2 3/4” wide x 3 3/8” length x 1” deep
Joan Fontaine was one of the most exceptional actresses of the golden age of the silver screen. Born Joan de Havilland in Tokyo in 1917, she was the sister of actress Olivia de Havilland, who is known for portraying Melanie in Gone With The Wind. Fontaine was nominated for several Academy Awards, and in 1942 she became the youngest leading actress to win an Oscar for her work in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941). Her life was not without turmoil, however. Her rivalry with her sister was epic and legendary. Even as children, the sisters had a contentious relationship that intensified when Fontaine won the Oscar for Suspicion, the same year that de Havilland was nominated. Fontaine's alleged brushing off of her sister's congratulations opened a wound that was never healed, even at the time of Fontaine's death at age 96 in 2013.