“At the 1942 Academy Awards, Joan Fontaine gazes at the Best Actress Oscar she won for her role in "Suspicion" — an achievement that made her, incredibly, the only actor or actress to ever win an Oscar for a performance in an Alfred Hitchcock film.” Photo: Peter Stackpole, Time and Life pictures
Joan Fontaine (born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland, Oct. 22, 1917 − Dec. 15, 2013) was a British-American actress. She began her career on the stage in 1935 and signed a contract with RKO Pictures that same year. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941) making Fontaine the only actor to ever win an Academy Award in a film directed by Hitchcock. Fontaine & her elder sister Olivia de Havilland are the only set of siblings to have won lead acting Academy Awards.
Joan Crawford won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce. She was not at the award ceremony because she was home in bed with pneumonia. However, there was a story circulated that she faked her illness. Joan did not think she would win the Academy Award and she did not want to attend the ceremony to be humiliated. It was said that after she heard that she won the award for Best Actress, she jumped out of bed, did her make up and put on her best negligee to meet the press.