Announcing the Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon!


suRecently, my friend Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood visited my  Facebook group on Joan Fontaine and gave me the excellent idea to host a blogathon in honour of her 100th birthday on October 22, 2017. The idea was definitely an appealing one and I’m glad that Crystal thought about me for hosting it (I think she knows I’m a big fan of Mrs. Fontaine). I had to think a bit about it since the Grace Kelly blogathon is also coming up not long after, but I found it impossible to put that idea aside. I also said to myself that it would be nice if Crystal could co-host it with me and. fortunately, she accepted. This will be our second blogathon collaboration, the first one being the fun Marathon Stars Blogathon that we hosted in March 2016. I hope this one will also be a success.

Joan Fontaine didn’t have as much luck as her sister Olivia de Havilland and died before she could turn 100. Nevertheless, this is not a reason why we shouldn’t celebrate her!

If you want to participate to this blogathon, please consider these few rules:

1- Choose a subject. It can be anything related to Joan Fontaine: her career, a particular movie, her fashion style. You decide. You can submit your subject here, on Crystal’s blog, via e-mail at or, or Twitter (@ginnie_sp). Please notice that the event will take place from October 20 to October 22, 2017. Please provide the name of your blog and the URL.

2- However, there is one subject we don’t allow: an article about her feud with Olivia de Havilland. We are here to celebrate Joan, not to talk about that unfortunate thing. Of course, if you want to write about it on your blog, it’s your own business, but it won’t be considered for the blogathon.

3- We allow duplicates, but only 2 blogs for the same subject.

4- All articles must be new material. We won’t accept posts that were published before the blogathon was announced.

5- We allow a maximum of 2 entries by bloggers, just to give a chance to everybody.

6- Can I participate to the blogathon if I don’t have a blog? Yes! Simply send your text via e-mail and me or Crystal will publish it on our own blog and credit you.

7- Once your subject has been approved, grab one of these beautiful banners and put it on your blog to help us promoting the blogathon. These were made by both me and Crystal.

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Banner made by me


Banner made by Crystal
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Banner made by me
Banner made by Crystal
Banner made by me
Banner made by Crystal

8- On the blogathon’s first day, me and Crystal will update a new post on our respective blogs where we will include all the entries and where you will be able to submit yours. Don’t forget, the blogathon will start on October 20, 2017, and will end on October 22, 2017!

9- If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! 🙂


To help you in your choice, here are the topics that have already been claimed twice:

  • Letter From an Unknown Woman
  • Jane Eyre
  • Born to Be Bad
  • Rebecca
  • The Bigamist
  • You Gotta Stay Happy
  • Suspicion

Our participants:

In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodLetter From an Unknown Woman (1948)/ Profile on Joan Fontaine’s Life

The Wonderful World of CinemaA Personal Tribute to Joan Fontaine

Taking Up RoomJane Eyre (1943)

A Shroud of ThoughtFrenchman’s Creek (1944)

Life With Books and MoviesJane Eyre (1943)

Anybody Got A Match? – Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

Love Letters to Old HollywoodYou Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

Caftan WomanKiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

Defiant SuccessJoan’s Oscar Nominated Performances

Christina WehnerRebecca (1940)

Crítica Retrô – The Bigamist (1953)

Moon in Gemini Born To Be Bad (1950)

Wolffian Classics Movie DigestBorn To Be Bad (1950)

Thoughts All SortsThe Women (1939)

Elizabeth Nelson: Guest post at In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood Ivy (1947)

The Dream Book Blog – September Affair (1950)

Cinema CitiesRebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941)

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society The Emperor Waltz (1948)

Portraits by Jenni Ivanhoe (1952)

Wide Screen WorldThe Bigamist (1953)

Musings of a Classic Film Addict This Above All (1942)

The Stop ButtonYou Gotta Stay Happy (1948)

Cinephilia Suspicion (1941)

Realweegiemidget Reviews One Step Beyond (Joan Fontaine’s episode)

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films – Personal Tribute (Favourite Joan Fontaine’s Performances)

Pop Culture ReverieThe Users (1978)

Old Hollywood FilmsVoyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1961)




Here is Crystal’s post for the announcement

See you on October 20! 🙂


33 thoughts on “Announcing the Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon!

  1. So happy someone’s hosting a blogathon dedicated to Joan! ❤ I'd like to write about Rebecca and Suspicion; it'd all be in one post talking about her performances in them if that makes sense.

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  2. This is a wonderful idea for a blogathon. I just joined at Crystal’s announcement. I am going to write about “The Emperor’s Waltz” from 1948. I am hosting my own blogathon in October, “The Great Breening Blogathon:” I know you will be busy preparing for this blogathon, but I would be honored if you could join mine as Crystal did. We could really use your talent.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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    • Joan made MANY other movies that haven’t been picked yet! Yes, Suspicion and Rebecca are the most well-known, but there are many other. Are they the only ones you’ve seen? If yes, I can give you some suggestions. I’m not sure this blogathon will be back next year since it’s a special event for her centenary. It will depends of many factors.


  3. Hi Virginie. What a lovely idea for a blogathon, nice to see Joan getting some attention. Could I do a tribute piece/discussion of her performances in some of my favourite films from her?

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