Immigrated to the U.S.
Returned to Japan at age 15, attending the American school of Tokyo; had falling out with father after about a year (date approximate)
Back in California, introduced to May Robson, making her stage debut as the ingenue in "Kind Lady" in support of Robson
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
Film debut in "No More Ladies", billed as Joan Burfield
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
Achieved star status with her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (opposite Laurence Olivier); earned first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
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
Received Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Constant Nymph"
Had title role of "Jane Eyre", opposite Orson Welles
Played change of pace role as a murderess in "Ivy"
Starred opposite Louis Jourdan in Max Ophuls' "Letter From an Unknown Woman"; film made by her company, Rampart Productions
Acted opposite James Stewart in "You Gotta Stay Happy"
Began appearing on TV anthologies in the 1950s
Performed on Broadway in Robert Anderson's "Tea and Sympathy" with Anthony Perkins
Starred opposite Dana Andrews in Fritz Lang's "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
Played sister of Jean Simmons, Sandra Dee and Piper Laurie in Robert Wise's "Until They Sail", starring Paul Newman
Hosted and narrated the syndicated TV series "Perspectives on Greatness"
Left film acting after "The Witches"
Published autobiography "No Bed of Roses"
First TV-movie, "The Users" (ABC)
Received daytime Emmy nomination for her cameo on "Ryan's Hope" (ABC)
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary about Alfred Hitchcock, "The Thrill of Genius"
First TV miniseries, "Crossings" (ABC)
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
Had featured role as the title character's grandmother in the Family Channel TV-movie "Good King Wenceslas"
Made one-shot return to acting in "Rikki," a feature produced under the auspices of Animal Rights Awareness