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Born: October 22, 1917 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan Profession: Cast ...
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1919:
Immigrated to the U.S.
1932:
Returned to Japan at age 15, attending the American school of Tokyo; had falling out with father after about a year (date approximate)
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Back in California, introduced to May Robson, making her stage debut as the ingenue in "Kind Lady" in support of Robson
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Signed to a movie contract after her appearance in "Call It a Day" with Violet Hemming and Conway Tearle; when Hollywood bought the rights to the play, her role went to older sister Olivia de Havilland in the film
1935:
Film debut in "No More Ladies", billed as Joan Burfield
1937:
As a contract player at RKO, appeared in such films as "A Damsel in Distress" (1937, opposite Fred Astaire) and "Gunga Din" (1939), playing the only femme speaking role
1940:
Achieved star status with her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (opposite Laurence Olivier); earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1941:
Won Best Actress Oscar for "Suspicion" (with Cary Grant), also directed by Hitchcock; at the time, she was the youngest leading lady to ever take home the prize
1943:
Received Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Constant Nymph"
1944:
Had title role of "Jane Eyre", opposite Orson Welles
1947:
Played change of pace role as a murderess in "Ivy"
1948:
Starred opposite Louis Jourdan in Max Ophuls' "Letter From an Unknown Woman"; film made by her company, Rampart Productions
1948:
Acted opposite James Stewart in "You Gotta Stay Happy"
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Began appearing on TV anthologies in the 1950s
1954:
Performed on Broadway in Robert Anderson's "Tea and Sympathy" with Anthony Perkins
1956:
Starred opposite Dana Andrews in Fritz Lang's "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
1957:
Played sister of Jean Simmons, Sandra Dee and Piper Laurie in Robert Wise's "Until They Sail", starring Paul Newman
1961:
Hosted and narrated the syndicated TV series "Perspectives on Greatness"
1966:
Left film acting after "The Witches"
1978:
Published autobiography "No Bed of Roses"
1978:
First TV-movie, "The Users" (ABC)
1980:
Received daytime Emmy nomination for her cameo on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC)
1985:
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, "The Thrill of Genius"
1986:
First TV miniseries, "Crossings" (ABC)
1986:
Starred in Aaron Spelling-produced primetime gothic soaper, "Dark Mansions" (ABC); took over when Loretta Young pulled out of project; pilot not picked up by network
1994:
Had featured role as the title character's grandmother in the Family Channel TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas"
2002:
Made one-shot return to acting in "Rikki," a feature produced under the auspices of Animal Rights Awareness

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