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Joan Fontaine dead at age 96


Actress Joan Fontaine, best known for role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion," has died of natural causes. She was 96.

The Oscar-winning actress passed away in her sleep in her Carmel home Sunday morning, according to longtime friend Noel Beutel.

Fontaine surged to fame in the 1940's, and was nominated for three Best Actress Academy Awards. She earned an Oscar for her role as a naive wife in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "Suspicion".

She also starred in Hitchcock's "Rebecca," "The Women," "Jane Eyre" and "Born to be Bad."

Fontaine was the sister of fellow Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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