As much fun as Old Time Radio is, it is sad that we mourn the passing of so many marvelous talents. Even more distressing is that these occasions become less frequent, because so many of the talented people who worked during the golden age of Radio have already left us.
Perhaps that makes it extra nice to be able to send Happy Birthday wishes to Joan Fontaine, who turns 95 on Oct 22, 2012. Joan is better remembered for her movie career; most of her radio appearances are in support of her films. Our collection includes several appearances on Academy Award Theater, Screen Guild Theater, Screen Director’s Playhouse, and Lux Radio Theaterwhere Joan reprises her famous movie roles. We have also included a 1944 appearance on Cavalcade of America, and a thrilling 1949 appearance on Suspense!
A great deal has been made about the long running feud between Joan Fontaine and her older sister, Olivia de Havilland. The sisters are clearly estranged from one another, but both maintain that the bad blood between them has largely been inflated by the Studio publicity machines and the tabloid press. The National Enquirer is still running pieces about it.
At last report, Ms. Fontaine is living out of the public eye in Carmel-by-the-Sea near Monterey, CA. She has been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street. Let’s hope that someone will think to place some birthday flowers there.