Autographed photo signed by actress Joan Fontaine inscribed to Kaye with the inscription:To / Lovely / Kaye- / My fond love / Joan Fontainein blue ink.
This photo, in a plastic case, was hanging on a wall in a room in Kaye Ballard's home - along with dozens of other signed celebrity photos - at the time of Kaye's passing on January 21, 2019. (See attached photo of the wall in Kaye Ballard's home that highlights the placement of the photo on Kaye's wall.) The photo with the case measures 8.1875" x 10.1875" x 1.375". The plastic case has scuff marks and shows some light wear. The photo itself was removed from the plastic case, scanned, and re-inserted in the plastic case. Photo measures 8" x 10" and is in good condition (see photos).A Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Kaye Ballard Estate will be included.
Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British-American actress who is best known for her starring roles in cinema during the Classical Hollywood era. Fontaine appeared in more than 45 feature films in a career that spanned five decades. She was the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland. She began her stage career in 1935, signing a film contract with RKO Pictures. Fontaine received her first major role in THE MAN WHO FOUND HIMSELF (1937) and in 1939 was in the adventure GUNGA DIN. Her career prospects improved greatly after her starring role in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed suspense drama REBECCA (1940), for which she received her first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, she won that award for her role in SUSPICION (1941), another Hitchcock suspense drama. A third Oscar nomination came with the film THE CONSTANT NYMPH. She appeared mostly in drama films through the 1940s—including LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, which is now considered a classic. In the next decade, after her role in the historical adventure IVANHOE (1952), her film career began to decline and she moved into stage, radio and television roles. She appeared in fewer films in the 1960s, films which included VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1960) and her final feature film, THE WITCHES (1966). She released an autobiography, NO BED OF ROSES, in 1978. She continued to act until her last performance in 1994. Having won an Oscar for her role in SUSPICION, Fontaine is the only actor to have won an Academy Award for acting in a Hitchcock film. Furthermore, she and her sister remain the only siblings to have won major acting Academy Awards, although it is well-known that they were estranged for many decades.
+ + + + +PLEASE NOTEItems will be shipped from Indiana. Items for sale were in Kaye’s home at the time of her passing. They were collected from her home and shipped to an executor of her estate who resides in Indiana. As shipments arrive in Indiana from Kaye’s home in Rancho Mirage CA, it is determined which items are able to be sold and those items are listed for sale.* * *
Joan Fontaine, signed photo