Despite a nasty rivalry that led to years of animosity between siblings Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland, the latter released a statement through DGRW Talent Agency on Tuesday expressing how “shocked and saddened” she was by her sister’s death on Sunday at the age of 96.
The “Gone With the Wind” actress, 97, also expressed her gratitude for “the many kind expressions of sympathies” she’s received.
De Havilland, who has lived most of her later life in Paris, has often declined to talk about her sister, though Fontaine spoke of their fragmented relationship in her autobiography “No Bed of Roses.”
When Fontaine won the Best Actress statuette over her sister at the 1942 Oscars, she recalled that “all the animus we'd felt toward each other as children, the hair-pullings, the savage wrestling matches, the time Olivia tried to fracture my collarbone, all came rushing back in kaleidoscopic imagery.”
It appears that only Fontaine’s death could ultimately end one of Hollywood’s most infamous feuds.
Olivia (L) and Joan
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